Reliving the case experience

Thanks to a clever idea by Cathy Anderson, the McColl School began experimenting recently with a special event called Class Night.

For years, Dr. Bill Berry has been facilitating case discussions for Harvard Business School alumni living in the Charlotte area.

Cathy proposed doing something similar for alumni from our EMBA, PMBA, and MSOD programs; hence, the birth of Class Night.

Just like old times, our alums jumped at the opportunity to be “in class” again and participate in a case analysis.

Cathy facilitated our first Class Night last fall.

On Monday night, Sykes room 326 was chock full, especially with EMBA graduates, as Bill Berry led the class this time.

One gentleman came representing the EMBA Class of ’92, another from the PMBA Class of ’88, another drove from Greenville, SC, and some non-McColl guests attended as well!

It was a stimulating evening and we would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Bill for volunteering to lead the case, and to Andrea Kiessling and Linda Christopherson in our Executive Leadership Institute for handling the promotion and event logistics.

And thank you to our many loyal alumni who attended.

Let us know if you would like to be notified about the next scheduled Case Night.


4th Annual Undergraduate Scholarship Case Competition Concludes

The McColl School’s unique case competition concluded Saturday with eight high school students presenting their analysis of a case titled “A Smoking Dilemma” before a room full of judges (faculty, students, alumni).

The case involved the dilemma facing Selwyn Pub owner Jim Foster when smoking was banned at restaurants.  Should he build out the patio and allow smoking outdoors? Designate a smoking area outdoors?  Ban smoking altogether?  Form a “membership club” and allow smoking indoors?

Students submitted a written analysis of the case in February.  Dr. Steve Cox sent the cases to alumni judges who independently scored the write-ups.  The top 8 students were subsequently invited to campus to argue their analysis in front of about 10 judges who peppered them with questions to assess their ability to “think on their feet.”

Below is a picture of the contestants (and home states) from left-to-right:

Zach Bruso (Arnonld, MD), Vitthal Parker (Mableton, GA), Josh Reid (Rock Hill, SC), Shane Devine (Farmington, CT), Allison Caldwell (Parkersburg, WV), Katana Flowers (Charlotte, NC), Emily Price (Greer, SC), and Caroline Allen (Raleigh, NC).

Case contestants

Case contestants

Third place winner, Allison Caldwell, won an annual scholarship of $2,500; second place winner, Vitthal Parker, won an annual scholarship of $5,000; and first place winner, Shane Devine, won an annual scholarship of $7,500.  All other contestants earned Honorable Mention and a $1,000 annual scholarship.

A big THANK YOU to Dr. Steve Cox and Charlie Michelin (a freshman who competed in last year’s case competition) for their excellent work in organizing the competition, and to all who participated as judges.


Queens Swim Teams Finish in Top 4 at DII National Championships

The Queens University of Charlotte swimming program is only four years old, but in our fourth year, the number “4″ looms large.

The men’s team finished 4th in the nation in the Division II NCAA Championships, while the women’s team raised the ante by finishing 3rd!

Undergraduate business major and incoming SGA president Kristin Diemer earned the “Elite 89 Award” for the swimmer with the highest GPA at the meet.  Way to go, Kristin!

We also extend hearty congratulations to Head Coach Jeff Dugdale!


McColl School hosts Chobani Executive VP

In another edition of our BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action Lecture Series, Dr. Will Sparks interviewed Kyle O’Brien, executive vice president of sales for Chobani Global Holdings, Inc., about his leadership style and the explosive growth of the company.

Chobani, which began operations in 2006, has quickly captured the predominant market share in the Greek yogurt segment and is now a $1 billion company.

Kyle shared one of his leadership philosophies: E-I-E-I-O.  (Are you humming “Old McDonald had a farm….?)

In Kyle’s version, he believes that leaders must Engage, Inspire, Encourage, Infiltrate, and Optimize.

It was a great evening with almost 200 folks in attendance!

Thank you, Will, Elizabeth Henderson, Jen Shoemaker, and all our staff in making this a successful event.


McColl School hosts Bloomberg economist

Last week Bloomberg Senior Economist Richard Yamarone visited Queens University and the McColl School to provide his insights from the 30 years he has worked in Financial Services and his economic outlook to students, faculty, visiting banking leaders and members of the McColl School Alumni Association.

This event was the first on-campus engagement with Bloomberg and was sponsored by the McColl Scholl Business Club with supporting faculty Tracy Grooms and Tim Burson.

Thanks to everyone who attended!


Bloomberg economist to present 2014 economic outlook

The McColl School Business Club and our Banking Initiative led by Tracy Grooms will host Bloomberg economist Rich Yamarone Thursday, February 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Ketner Auditorium.  A networking reception in Sykes 334 will follow immediately after Mr. Yamarone’s presentation.

We expect 12-15 local banking leaders to attend, as well as representatives from the media, alumni, faculty and students.

Come and join us!


OD event at McColl School tonight

Dr. John Bennett and the McColl School will partner OD on the Edge (the local organization development professional group) to host a panel discussion and Q-and-A titled Getting From Here to There: Using OD in Business in the Crown Room of the Levine Center (on campus) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m tonight (Feb 19).

Panelists include Josh Greenwald, Dr. Renee Hansen, Dr. Charlotte Roberts, and Dr. Rita Smith.

Come join us!


MSOD Students represent McColl School at conference

Two MSOD students — Jeanne Pritt and Jen Shoemaker — joined Dr. John Bennett last week at the NC Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference in Greensboro.

John is on track to become chair of this organization next year, and Queens will host the fall 2014 conference.

Congratulations to Jeanne and Jen for helping spread the word about our MSOD program in the McColl School!


Jim Foster and Selwyn Pub making news!

In yesterday’s edition of The Charlotte Observer there was a feature story about the rise of “lifestyle centers” — areas of a city where residents live, work, shop and play.

The shopping and residential corridor along Selwyn Avenue was cited as an example, and
Jim Foster, owner of the Selwyn Pub and McColl School professor of business law, was pictured and quoted in the article (link below):

Selwyn Avenue lures small businesses, shoppers (from The Charlotte Observer)

(Nice sweater, Jim)


Catching up!

Posts to the blog have been a bit scarce lately.  I have been in Texas on an AACSB accreditation visit.  Our visit team included a dean from a school in Kansas and a president from a college in Massachusetts.  Learning what is going on in other states and at other schools is an intangible benefit of serving on visit teams, plus I get to bring back best practices from the school we visit!

For today’s news I am passing along a nice feature in The Torch, an e-mail newsletter for the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle about Tracy Grooms, our new director of banking initiatives in the McColl School:

American Red Cross Tiffany Circle feature about Tracy

Thanks for supporting the American Red Cross, Tracy!