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From left to right: Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes, Dr. Diane Fulton, Nytha Thoth, Mariama Fanneh and Dr. Beverly Wright.[/caption]
Clayton State University’s Annual Academic Research Conference (ARC) saw students from the College of Business excel in their presentations.
Dr. Beverly Wright groomed five graduate student groups from the College of Business to present their research at the spring 2013 ARC.
Wright’s students were from her MBA course BUSA 6100, “Decision Making Under Uncertainty,” wherein students are required to work with a client in the community, either in a for-profit or non-profit setting, on a practical research project using their newly acquired skills.
Two of Wright’s groups were judged worthy of the top prizes. First prize for oral presentations, a cash prize of $100, in the College of Business went to Dalia Matthias, Ali Fawaz, Nytha Thoth and Mariama Fanneh, who presented their findings on "A Better AGERA, A Better Community." Second prize of $80 for oral presentations was given to Timothy Parson, Michele Adams-Johnson and Maher Balbaid for their research on "Mav's Pizzeria."
Dr. Diane Fulton, the College of Business’ representative on the ARC committee, and Dr. Thomas Garsombke from the College of Arts and Sciences, worked collaboratively with undergraduate students in their MGMT 3101 “Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior” and TECH 4101 “Leadership in Technology” courses to give students mentoring and incentives to create viable research projects on leadership and management topics. Four undergraduate student groups registered for the conference from their classes with first prize for “Best Poster Session” going to a leadership presentation called "Baynard Rustin - The Master Strategist and Unknown Civil Rights Activist" by Melis Andrade (group leader and presenter), James Brown, David Eden, and Shelah Jones. Honorable mention for oral presentation was awarded to the topic, “Management Under Stressful Conditions” by Jay DeSeino (presenter), Ashton Gordon (presenter) and Terry Bishop.
The third place award for oral presentations went to an MBA group mentored by Dr. Reza Kheirandish in his MBA level ECON 6100 “Managerial Economics” course. This winning project, by Sonya Myricks and Jessica Vickson, focused on "The Dynamics of Autism, its Co-Occuring Conditions, and the Impact of Early Intervention.”
Cassondra Simmons, an MBA student mentored in Dr. Judith Ogden’s MGMT 6101, “Cross Cultural Negotiation” course, won Honorable Mention for her poster session on "Rules and Regulations of EEOC and OSHA Laws."
The students were further recognized at the annual College of Business Honor and Awards Day celebration and at various Department, College, and University functions throughout April.
In all, a record-breaking 43 students participated in 11 different sessions from the College of Business in the ARC Conference. Special thanks go to Dr. Greg Kordecki, Dr. Adel Novin, Wright, Fulton, Ogden, Kheirandish and Garsombke who served as faculty advisors, audience members and/or judges for the competition.