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ODU's Delta Sigma Pi Earns National Recognition
Dr. Godwin Duru to Retire After 25 Years
New Online IRM Certificate
ODU Students Help Taxpayers Complete Returns
Delta Sigma Pi Hosts Etiquette Dinner
Future Accounting Professionals (FAP) Club
The Story of Two ODU Public Relations Students
Welcome New Board of Advisors Members
Rotary Enterprise Academy
Conversations with Entrepreneurs
Faculty News
Faculty News
Financial Executives International Honors Two ODU Students
ODU DOB Alumni Highlights
ODU Students of the Week

ODU’s Delta Sigma Pi Chapter Earns National Recognition

Delta Sigma Pi, the nation’s leading professional business fraternity held the Northeastern Provincial Conference in Columbus the first weekend in February at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. Over 50 collegiate chapters participated in the Northeastern Province and over 500 Delta Sigs were in attendance in Dublin. Ohio Dominican’s Omicron Tau chapter was awarded a special community service award for collecting over 20 pounds of pop tabs this past fall in a campus wide recycling drive. This was the most of all the chapters participating in the conference and the pop tabs were donated to the Columbus Ronald McDonald house. 

ODU faculty member Dr. John Grant, the chapter’s advisor was awarded the International Fraternity’s Silver Helmet Award in appreciation for his continued service to the Fraternity. Dr. Grant has been involved with the founding of ODU’s Omicron Tau chapter over 10 years ago as well as being a student member of Delta Sigma Pi at Eastern Illinois University during his undergraduate years.

Dr. Godwin Duru to Retire After 25 years of Service to ODU

Dr. Godwin Duru has decided to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year after over 25 years as a faculty member at Ohio Dominican University. Dr. Duru has been an excellent teacher and mentor to many students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Division of Business. 

As a senior faculty member, the calmness with which he approaches matters, even controversial ones, was emulated by junior faculty and other colleagues in the Division of Business. He has a keen sense of when his wisdom would be most appreciated by his colleagues.

When asked what his plans are after retirement, he says, “Whatever each day brings, I will flow with it.” His favorite thing about ODU is “the Dominican identity and the opportunity to practice his religion.”

The Division of Business students, faculty and staff extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Duru for his many years of service. His collegiality, advice, and friendship will be missed by all. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement!

New Online IRM Certificate

In April 2014, the Ohio Insurance Industry announced it needed 26,000 new employees by 2020 due to growth and expected baby-boomer retirements. ODU opened its Insurance & Risk Management program in the fall of 2014 to help traditional and adult students earn a specialized business bachelor’s degree to prepare them for these opportunities. By the end of spring semester 2015, nearly 40 students will have completed at least one IRM course and almost 20 will be majoring or minoring in IRM at ODU. The program’s first intern reports to State Auto Insurance in June, and its first graduates will receive their diplomas in December of 2015.

However, the industry is asking for even more IRM educational opportunities, and ODU is more than happy to respond! A fully-online IRM Certificate is on-track for enrollment over the summer with courses beginning in August 2015. This program allows individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, or even those who have a partial or no degree, to complete five IRM-specific courses online and receive a certificate that either specializes in property & casualty insurance, or covers both property & casualty and life & health insurance. Additionally, under The Institutes’ Collegiate Studies program they will receive fully-complementary waivers for up to two parts of their CPCU designation, the gold-standard industry credential for property & casualty professionals. Of course, these credits will apply to a future ODU associate or bachelor’s degree in the future if the student so desires.

The driving force behind the need for new employees is the continuing retirement of baby-boomer insurance professionals. Most of these retirements will come at the middle to upper management and technical levels

Anyone who is interested in knowing more about ODU’s IRM program should contact Carol Blaine, Program Director, at 614-251-4559 or blainec3@ohiodominican.edu.

ODU Students Help More Than 200 Taxpayers Complete Returns 

Ohio Dominican University’s Accounting students and faculty prepared 203 state and federal income tax returns, and processed $113,088 in refunds during ODU’s ninth annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The service also saved clients an estimated $50,000 in tax preparation fees.

This year, student volunteers included 11 traditional and six adult ODU students. One ODU alumnus and two former VITA participants also volunteered during the program. The service was offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 24 through April 11. ODU Accounting instructors Dawn Hill and Jack Edwards coordinated this year’s program.

“One of our students prepared 33 tax returns,” Edwards said. “Our students used their knowledge and skills to serve real people with real tax needs.” 

VITA offers free tax preparation to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $51,000 and below). Through this program, ODU Accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for the elderly.

“We are extremely proud of our Accounting students and their dedicated volunteer tax work,” Hill said.

ODU faculty and students have helped prepare 2,336 tax returns since 2007. The Internal Revenue Service certifies the participating Accounting students as tax preparers. They are usually juniors or seniors. Under the supervision of faculty members who are certified public accountants, students prepare federal, state, local school and city income tax returns. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the program offers free electronic filing (e-filing).

Delta Sigma Pi Hosts Etiquette Dinner

On Wednesday April 8, the Delta Sigma Pi chapter held its annual Etiquette Dinner in the Presidential Dining Room. The event was cohosted by Career Services and about 20 students attended. Cathi Fallon from the Etiquette Institute provided guests with practical advice and taught them business skills that can make them be more confident, self-assured, and ready to compete successfully in today's business world.

Future Accounting Professionals (FAP) Club

FAP Hosts Accounting Panel

On Thursday, April 23, FAP (Future Accounting Professionals) Club hosted a panel of career accountants who work in non-profit and government positions. Panel members included:

Nina Jackson Miller - Former CFO of Girl Scouts and YMCA
Cheryl Nelson - Senior Vice President of Finance & CFO, United Way
Gabe Tomlin - Ohio Department of Taxation, Tax Audit Agent Manager, Audit Division
Stacey Ward – Controller, Ohio Dominican University 

Each panel member spoke for ten minutes regarding the typical daily challenges of working in their organizations. Discussion then opened up to the 25 members of the FAP Club (juniors and seniors) for a question and answer session.

Jack Edwards said, “I think it is important for students to realize they don't have to just work for a CPA firm to have a successful and challenging career.”

FAP Elects New Officers for the 2015-2016 Year

FAP Club voted on officers for the upcoming year. They are: Tyler Smith (President), Emily Crow (Vice President) and Marissa Pinittanond (Treasurer). The Faculty Advisor, will again be Jack Edwards.

The outgoing FAP Officers did a fantastic job and include Danielle Misencik (President), Kyle Burgess (Vice President) and Tyler Smith (Treasurer). The group’s plans for next year include a CPA panel fall luncheon in October, and a non-CPA panel spring luncheon in April. Please contact Dr. Jack Edwards for more information at edwardsj1@ohiodominican.edu 

The Story of Two ODU Public Relations Students:

As Graduation Day Approaches, Two PR/Marketing Communication Students Share Their Thoughts

Ohio Dominican University is a place where students from different walks of life collaborate to contemplate truth and to share the fruits of their contemplation, just as the motto of ODU states. Two students, Alex Kovalik(right) and Tianna Roundtree (left), will soon graduate from the PR & Marketing Communications program and took a few minutes to reflect on their journey.  Here’s what they had to say:

Alex:  “College has influenced the way I read things and take them in. It has empowered me in many ways to be more aware of life goals and planning. College has changed me. Other than the obvious things like improving my reading, writing and communications skills, I just feel all around like a smarter, better person. It has prepared me for my future dreams. I know I can walk out into the world and be remarkable.”  As the first of her family to go to college and graduate, Alex has just one semester to complete before she will proudly walk across the stage and receive her diploma. 

Tianna:  “Ohio Dominican has made me a better person. I feel well-prepared to go out into the world and show everyone what I can contribute. I will always be who I am, but I would not be the intelligent, sophisticated, and welcoming person that I am today without this experience. I will be forever grateful for the education that ODU has given me.”  Tianna is a dual PR/Marketing Communications and Business major and is fulfilling a personal and family goal of finishing her four-year degree.

Welcome New Board of Advisors Members

Insurance & Risk Management

Connie C. Frey, CIC
Connie Frey celebrated her 30th anniversary with Westfield Insurance in January 2015. Connie currently serves as Learning Delivery and University Relations Leader where she is accountable for successful implementation and delivery of educational content associated with Westfield’s Graduate Development Program and Westfield’s agency-facing TAPP programs. In addition, she leads the development, coordination, and execution of Westfield’s University Relations Strategy and college recruiting efforts. Her passions lie in learning and development, mentoring and sharing with others, and encouraging the next generation to look closely at the professional career opportunities that exist in the insurance industry.

Connie is a proud alumnus of Bowling Green State University’s College of Business. She has an MBA from Ashland University. She is a member of the InVEST Board, Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) Education Committee, and serves on Insurance Studies Advisory Boards at Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, and Olivet College. Connie resides in Spencer, Ohio. She shares a passion for Disney with her only granddaughter and enjoys traveling to Hilton Head Island.

Gary Irvine
Gary has been with Grange Insurance for eight years as the AVP of Talent Management and is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing talent at the company. With 17 years of experience in the human resource industry focused on training and organizational development, Gary has worked at local firms Chemical Abstracts and CompManagement as well as Coca-Cola in Ireland.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ashland University. He also holds SPHR and SWFP certifications. Gary is a board member for Catholic Social Services, Education Committee Member for the Ohio Insurance Institute and a member of the Insurance Industry Resource Council.

Gary immigrated to the United States in 2000 from Ireland and now lives in Sunbury, Ohio with his wife and 6 children.

Edwin Medina
Edwin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Columbus for 30 years now. He graduated from Marion-Franklin High School and joined the Army from 2000 to 2005. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal. Edwin has worked at State Auto Insurance Company for nine years as a Customer Service Representative, Personal Lines Underwriter, Learning & Development, and currently as an Organizational Development/Recruiting Consultant. He earned the President’s Circle award in 2011 at State Auto as an underwriter for growth and profitability. He graduated from ODU in 2012 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Edwin is currently attending Ashland University for an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Development and expecting to graduate in the fall of 2015. He currently serves on ODU’s Patriot Program Advisory Board. 

Amanda Sklavenitis
Amanda serves as the Director of Education for the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII). She has been with the OII since 2005, previously as the Director of Legislative Information. The OII is a trade association representing property/casualty insurance companies and organizations conducting business throughout Ohio.  

Prior to joining the OII, Amanda worked for the Ohio Senate and was a commercial real estate sales agent with The Robert Weiler Company. She serves on the Managing Board of Trustees for the Ohio Business Week Foundation, is a member of the Kent State University Insurance Studies Advisory Board and is also involved with ystark! Young Professionals organization. Amanda received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Miami University in 2001.

Rotary Enterprise Academy

Once again this spring, the DOB hosted the Columbus Rotary’s Enterprise Academy. Each year, the course is offered to students in the Columbus public schools who are interested in studying business. Students receive classroom instruction on the basic principles of business such as economics, management, marketing and ethics. After a two-hour classroom session, the students have dinner and hear a speaker who is a local business practitioner. At the completion of the program, the students receive one elective college credit. This year, eight students from Columbus public high schools met on campus with Professor John Grant, and several Rotarians, to examine different aspects of business. The picture below shows the students working in teams to compete in a computerized business simulation.

Conversations with Entrepreneurs

Jim Wasserstrpm, owner of Advanced Sign Group LLC, was the speaker for the Conversations with Entrepreneurs Seminar this semester. Wasserstrom gave a brief explanation of his business, including history, products, challenges and opportunities.  After the presentation, students were allowed to ask questions. Almost 50 students and faculty attended this brown-bag presentation. Wasserstrom is the ninth entrepreneur to speak to ODU students since this popular series began. The division hopes to continue offering these interesting seminars in partnership with the Conway Center for Family Business, located on the ODU campus.

Faculty News

Brad Bradford, adjunct faculty, had a letter to the editor published in the February 18 edition of The Columbus Dispatch. The letter discusses why higher education is about more than training students to enter the job market. Click here to read the letter. 

Karen Gray, Executive Director, Adult & Continuing Education, and Adam Frumkin, Adjunct Faculty, are featured In the April issue of Columbus CEO magazine in an article that discusses how universities craft courses to meet the changing needs of businesses. Click here to read the article. 

Abu Khan, Ph.D., presented a paper, “Efficiency, Diversification, and Performance of Financial Institutions,” that was selected as the Southwestern Finance Association’s Best Paper in Financial Markets and Institutions Track.

Natalie Kompa, Assistant Professor of Public Relations & Marketing Communications, along with Business professor Roxanne Beard, Ph.D., will be presenting at the Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 30.

The Teaching Professor Conference is considered one of the foremost events that focuses on helping professors become better classroom instructors and improving their pedagogy. Kompa and Beard will lead participants through a 45 minute session on how professors can capitalize on opportunities in the classroom as a means to helping students become more mindful.

Their session will explore the concept of mindfulness and connect it to students’ search for deeper meaning in their lives. Specific learning modules around leadership, empathy, humanity, and lifelong happiness will be illustrated. Participants will leave with ideas for a variety of classroom settings centered on how faculty and administrators help students engage in their “inner work.”  Kompa and Beard will show how instructors can use current events, popular culture, technology, and interactive, in-class exercises to help students become more centered, reflective and better equipped to withstand the pressures of today's world of work.  

John Grant, Ph.D. (left), Associate Professor of Business, Anna Parkman, Ph.D. (middle), Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior; and Jay Young, Ph.D. (right), Associate Professor of Management and Leadership, participated in the 2015 International MBAA conference in Chicago, held from March 25 – 27. Young served as the program chairperson for the Management Society Track this year and was elected to serve as the organization’s president for the 52th annual conference, which will be held next year. Grant was elected to serve as the treasurer for the NAMS professional organization and the upcoming conference.

Delta Mu Delta 2015 Induction

ODU Division of Business inducted its fourth group of honorary members to its Mu Beta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta (DMD) International Honor Society on April 14. Delta Mu Delta provides international academic recognition for undergraduate and graduate business students who excel in their academic studies. The Greek letters Delta Mu Delta stand for Dia Matheseos Dynamis which signifies DMD’s motto of Through Knowledge, Power – the power to manage creatively for social and economic good.

To be eligible for invitation into the society, students must have completed a sufficient number of courses at Ohio Dominican University and be in the top 20% of their respective classes. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required for undergraduate students and 3.6 for graduates. In addition, students must be enrolled in programs accredited by the ACBSP. This year 13 ODU students participated in the induction into the Society. Student inductees are given a certificate of enrollment, a gold DMD pin, and the option of an official DMD honor cord to wear at graduation. Additional benefits of DMD membership include a scholarship award program, networking opportunities, and a bi-annual newsletter called The Vision.

Dr. Anna Parkman is the advisor for the Mu Beta chapter. Also, for his dedicated service to ODU, Dr. Jay Young, DOB faculty member, was inducted to the Mu Beta Chapter as an honorary member.

Financial Executives International Honors Two ODU Students

The 2015 Financial Executives International (FEI) Education Night was held at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on Tuesday, April 15. The speaker was Sue Zazon. Ms.Zazon is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Ohio Region, for FirstMerit Bank. Amanda Fowler (left) and Eric Mink (right), ODU Business students, were being recognized along with other area students, for their exemplary academics in Finance. Dr. Abu Khan (center) accompanied them to the event.

ODU DOB Alumni Highlights

Nellie Krumlauf ’13, President and Founder of Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids, was featured in the Jan. 13 edition of Capital Style in an article “5 Fresh Faces: Columbus’ Next Generation.” Click here to read the article.

Nellie, Public Relations & Marketing Communications, was also named to this year’s Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 class. The Forty Under 40 recognize Columbus’ up-and-coming professional and community leaders. Krumlaufis the founder and president of Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids. Click here to view the entire list.

Jonathan Michael ’77, ODU Board of Trustee and president, chairman and CEO of RLI Corporation, has been named in Insurance Business America magazine’s Hot 100 list for 2015. The list recognizes 100 of the most influential people in the insurance industry over the past year. Click here to read more.

ODU Students of the Week

Seth Bowles ’17, Business and Finance, was a Student of the Week in March. Seth is a very involved person on campus. He plays on the baseball team, and is a member of Dominican Scholars, the honors program, Aspire, while being an RA. The main reason that Seth likes ODU is because, “You can have a relationships with professors and staff on campus. At ODU, people know you and you have a place here.”  Click here to read more about Seth.

Eljah Bowie ’18, Business Administration and Sport Management, was a student of the week in December. He is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sport Management Society, Business Professionals of America, and the ODU Football Team. Elijah says, “I am proud to be an ODU student because of what ODU represents in every aspect – professionally, spiritually and athletically. This includes the university’s commitment to serving the community and doing things the right way.” Click here to read more about Elijah’s story.

Citlalli Carlos Jimenez ’15, International Business, was a Student of the Week in March. In addition to numerous on campus activities, she is also part of the World Student Club where she gets to meet international students and experience different cultures through food, music, dance, art and language. She said that “these experiences have helped me develop into a more open-minded and culturally sensitive person.” Click here to read more about Citlalli.

Catie O’Neil ’15, Public Relations & Marketing Communications, was a Student of the Week in January. Catie transferred to ODU after attending The University of Kentucky, which is a large state school. She realized she wanted to attend a smaller school with smaller class sizes. She said, “ODU had good class sizes and everyone seemed to be very accommodating, so the shoe fit!” Click here to read more about Catie.

Emily Schofield ’18, Public Relations & Marketing Communications, was a Student of the Week in March. Emily is involved in Panther Players, Panther Activities Council, Student Senate, Public Relations Student Society of America, the Honors Program, and the Dominican Scholars. Click here to read more about Emily.

Justin Yglesias ’17, Insurance & Risk Management, was a student of the week in December. His hometown is Miami, Florida and he is involved in Campus Ministry and a Youth Minister at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Justin said, “I had an amazing scholarship opportunity when I applied here, and I have come to know so many others who are constantly searching for better ways to know and share the truth.” Click here to read more about Justin.