Alcorn finance professor publishes manuscript on international business

June 26, 2011

Dr. Dania

Dr. Akash Dania, an assistant professor of finance in the School of Business, recently had his manuscript “Approaching the Asian elephant: understanding business-to-business relationships in India” published in the International Business and Economics Research Journal.
In a globally connected business world, it has become important to understand how business is conducted in different countries where cultural backgrounds vary significantly from the United States. As emerging markets grow more significant for multinational companies, it becomes imperative that foreign firms identify factors that contribute to successful negotiations and business strategies.
This study proposes and empirically tests a framework that measures the impact of “social formalities” and “power distance” on business relationships in context of India, a rapidly expanding emerging market. The model shows that power distance sets the stage for negations, and the respect for social formalities sets a tone of mutual reference and understanding that will facilitate the establishment of a foundation for long-term business relations.

An important implication of this research is that foreign companies should place their managers (negotiators) within the foreign social context. Being sensitive to local values and customs conveys a willingness to facilitate communication by understanding the parties’ mutual cultural differences and establishes a personal relation based on mutual respect and trust. This sensitivity and its impact will help the negotiation process move through its various stages and culminate in a business-to-business relationship.

HSSU Assistant Professor Dr. Shereen Kader chosen as a 2009 Heartspring awardee

June 17, 2009

dr1_shereen_kader.jpg(St. Louis, MO) – Harris-Stowe State University Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education Dr. Shereen Kader was recently selected to receive a 2009 Heartspring Award for Innovation and Creativity in Special Education. Each of the 10 chosen Heartspring awardees receive a $1,000 stipend, an original award sculpture, free travel and all-expenses paid to attend this year’s Heartspring Award Summer Conference, which will run July 22-25, in Wichita, Kansas.

“It is very fulfilling to be rewarded for your innovative ideas and to know that these ideas have a great potential to make a difference in others,” Kadar said. “I am thankful for the support and encouragement I got from the Heartspring organization and Harris-Stowe State University colleagues and friends.”

Dr. Gary Singleton, Heartspring President and CEO, said of Dr. Kader, “We received many applications for this prestigious award, and your creativity and passion placed you among a very select group. There are many dedicated teachers, therapists and other professionals across this country and around the world who give of their time and talent to help children with special needs and or who are living in special circumstances, but there are many fewer who are truly pioneers who bring innovation and creativity to achieve even greater results for children in need.”

Heartspring is a global center for children with special needs, and the organization has provided training to many other institutions for 75 years. Through the Heartspring School, Heartspring Pediatric Services, the Heartspring Hearing Center and Heartspring World Reach, the center has established greater independence for children with disabilities.

Southern University professor to study at Cambridge

June 17, 2009

bambury22.jpg(BATON ROUGE, La.) - Southern University’s Jill Bambury is going to Cambridge, England to get her doctoral degree.
The associate professor in the School of Architecture has been awarded the
Cambridge International Scholarship through the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust to
earn her doctoral degree in Architecture from the University of Cambridge.

Bowie State gets new Admissions director

June 17, 2009

lmorrisbmp-1.jpg(Bowie, Md.) - Lonnie R. Morris Jr. brings new energy and leadership to Bowie State University as director of admissions. He will provide strategic leadership to both the undergraduate and graduate admissions operations. A leader in the areas of college admissions, enrollment management, and institutional effectiveness, Morris is a trendsetter in urban higher education. 
He joins Bowie State during an upswing in student enrollment which rose to 5,483 in fall 2008 while new transfer enrollment increased more than 10 percent from fall 2007 to fall 2008 and new graduate enrollment, over 25 percent.  University officials project an increase in transfer, graduate and continuing education students entering the institution this fall.
Morris plans to use his leadership experience to advance the admissions process. He previously served as vice president of enrollment management at Holy Names University in Oakland California, director of admissions at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee and director of admissions for Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He has experience working with programs of widely-recognized agencies such as the National Organization of Concerned Black Men, the College Bound Foundation, TRIO programs, the Black College Network and Sylvan Learning Systems.
“I plan to combine my passions for outreach and volunteerism with my leadership initiatives to take the admissions process at Bowie State to a new level,” said Morris, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in organization development from Johns Hopkins University.
The assistant vice president for enrollment management, Don Kiah, oversees the division which encompasses the admissions office. He commented, “We are excited about our admissions team, having worked to assemble a group of people with innovative ideas and both traditional and nontraditional experience in admissions. Our new admissions director has the right mix of leadership experience and abilities to help us achieve the goals we have set.”

SC State students to travel to China during International Study Abroad Program - June 18

June 17, 2009

923.jpg(Orangeburg, S.C.)-The Great Wall of China, The Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an, and The Forbidden City are just a few of the landmarks that 10 SC State students can expect to see when they travel to China on June 18, 2009 as part of an international study abroad program.
In fall 2008, SC State University’s Department of Business Administration was awarded a Business and International Education grant (BIE) by the U.S. Department of Education, which supports international study abroad opportunities for students. The BIE grant supports 90 percent of the travel costs to China.
Students were selected to travel to the international country based on the completion of a dead-line driven application process, grade point average (GPA), and a written essay on why they were interested in participating in the international study abroad program. 
“This trip to China is a great opportunity in which our students will be exposed to an environment which is different from ours,” said Dr. David Jamison, associate professor of Marketing, and International Business Minor advisor, who will be accompanying the students on their trip. “Things have developed so rapidly in China over the last decade.  It will be interesting for our students to see the businesses who have become major players in the economy and how they are evolving,” he continued.

During their trip, the students will tour five cities in China:  Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yuangshou, and Shanghai.  They will meet business managers and entrepreneurs within each city to learn about business practices, major clientele, production processes, and marketing activities. They will also learn about the economic conditions in China and how they compare to the United States.

The students are scheduled to return on Monday, June 29, 2009.

Harris-Stowe student attains internship at KPMG firm

April 3, 2009

ahmadou_fall_09.JPGsenegal.jpgsenegal.jpgSt. Louis, MO – Harris-Stowe State University junior Ahmadou Fall will intern with KPMG this summer. Fall, a power forward and center for the HSSU Men’s Basketball Team and Accounting major, will work in the auditing sector of KPMG’s Senegal branch. 
Fall is originally from Senegal and credits his receiving the internship to his 3.5 GPA and his ability to speak French, Wolof and English fluently. The internship begins in May and ends July. Fall met a representative from KPMG at the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) annual conference at HSSU, which inspired him to learn more about the company and to look into their internship program.  
KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm, employs 137,000 professionals in 144 countries. For the fiscal year ending Sept 30, 2008, KPMG accrued $22.69 billion and serves 1/5 of the Fortune 1,000 companies as clients.  

Judge Hatchett Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Tennessee

March 30, 2009


(From left to right) - Dr. Marcelite Johnson, first lady of Tennessee State University, presents Judge Glenda Hatchett with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Hatchett offered inspiring remarks as special guest at the annual Women of Legend and Merit Awards program.

The Women’s Center at Tennessee State University recently hosted th program to honor outstanding and accomplished women leaders from all walks of life and raise awareness for the center’s ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts for women.
This year’s program featured Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television show “Judge Hatchett.”

Delta Sigma Theta national president to address Southern University at New Orleans graduates - May 9

March 23, 2009

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) announced today that the 2009 commencement speaker will be Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, the 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Jefferson Parish Public Schools personnel administrator.  The university’s commencement will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. 
Butler-McIntyre has served as the national leader of Delta Sigma Theta since August of 2008.  She was elected unanimously with over 800 votes from delegates at the sorority’s 49th National Convention in Orlando, Florida; and has served the organization on the local, regional and national levels. 
Some of her awards include:  SHEroes of the Present, Presidential Service Award, African American Hall of Fame, Who’s Who in American Education, YWCA Role Model Recognition, Outstanding Alumnus of a Historically Black College, Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year,  Outstanding Young Women of America and Teacher of the Year as well as many others.

Dr. David Hall selected as University of the Virgin Islands new president

March 19, 2009

Photo of Dr. David HallThe University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees ended its quarterly meeting Saturday on St. Croix by announcing that the University will soon welcome a new president.
At the conclusion of its executive session, Board Chair Alexander Moorhead said the Board approved a 5-year contract for David Hall beginning August 1, 2009.
Hall is a professor at the Northeastern School of Law, where he has led a distinguished career as an administrator in the law school and the University. He was appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University in July of 1998 and served in that capacity until July 2002. Hall held the positions of associate dean of academic affairs and later dean of Northeastern’s law school and had previously been a tenured professor at the law schools of the University of Mississippi and the University of Oklahoma.
“He is eminently qualified for the position,” Moorhead said. “He has a deep interest in the University and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”
Hall holds both a doctorate of juridical science and a master’s degree in law from Harvard Law School, a juris doctor and master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

Congresswoman Maxine Walters to speak at Hamer humanitarian awards luncheon - April 17

March 18, 2009

Rep. Maxine Waters(JACKSON, Miss.) – U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters will be the guest speaker for the third annual Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Student Center on Jackson State University’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch Street in Jackson, Miss.
The luncheon honors individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the areas of service and leadership in the pursuit of social, economic, political, and environmental justice and equality. Consideration is given to Mississippians whose community involvement has benefited the public, particularly people and organizations that have not received appropriate recognition for their many contributions.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards are also designed to honor individuals from various age groups.
Tickets are $50 per person and $400 for a table of eight.
For more information or to purchase tickets and souvenir booklet ads, visit or call the Hamer Institute at 601-979-1562.

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