With the spring semester coming to an end, the BGS faculty advisors and E-board had their final meeting of the 2015-2016 school year. The faculty advisors of Beta Gamma Sigma presented the first E-Board of the SUNY Oneonta chapter with name-engraved BGS plaques as a way to commemorate all the great strides that our chapter has made these past two semesters with the new addition of student leadership. The Beta Gamma Sigma E-board would like to thank our advisors Dean Yen, Dr. Buchan, Dr. Flynn, and Dr. Durkin for their leadership and guidance throughout this entire year. Without their help we could have never accomplished all that we did. We look forward to seeing what is next for Beta Gamma Sigma at SUNY Oneonta.

Thanks to a generous gift and commitment made by Business Advisory Council member Mr. Kent Newhart ’77 (President of ATA Financial Group, LLC), there will be a new scholarship available for students in the SEB. These awards will be open to members of the SEB  student clubs, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Student Advisory Council, subject to a competitive faculty juried selection process.  These organizations can propose projects which focus on the three pillars central to AACSB Accreditation including “Engagement, Innovation and Impact.”

On April 30th, The Student Advisory Council participated in the annual “Into the Streets” event through SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community. The SAC sent members to the Davenport United Methodist Church to provide volunteer assistance which included activities such as painting, cleaning, and overall maintenance. This event was very successful as it allowed The Student Advisory Council to reach out and help the community, all while working to promote the School of Economics and Business to the residents in the surrounding areas.

Beta Gamma Sigma and Student Advisory Council members Amanda Barcia, Connor Day, Andrew Jensen, and Shane Irwin were featured on AllOtsego.com for their participation in “Into the Streets”, a community service effort that took place on April 30th, 2016. The link to the article featuring these students can be found here.

SAC and BGS members participated in Relay for Life on April 16, 2016. The event, which was held in the Alumni Field House, brought together organizations from both on and off campus to raise funds to fight cancer, to celebrate survivors, and to remember those who have lost their battles. All proceeds from the event go toward the American Cancer Society.


Dr. John Kooti, Chair of the AACSB review team and Dean of the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University, visited campus from April 24-26 as part of the initial steps toward reaccreditation of the School of Economics and Business. During his visit, Dr. Kooti met with SUNY Oneonta administrators, SEB faculty and staff, Student Advisory Council members, Business Advisory Council members, and numerous other stakeholders of the College. We thank Dr. Kooti for his time and thorough evaluation of the SEB as we embark on this important process of reaccreditation. His input will be critical to ensuring the continued success of our programs in the SEB.



Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. This year’s Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from SUNY Oneonta have certainly earned that title.

The SUNY Oneonta Chapter inducted the 30 students who earned invitations in this year. Seventeen students were tapped in the fall and an additional thirteen were tapped in the spring semester. Additionally, alumnae and BGS member Jessica Silsbe ’14 addressed the new members in the induction ceremony which took place at the Otsego Grill on April 22, 2016. The new members join an expanding worldwide network of more than 750,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for this invitation.

For several years, SUNY Oneonta students have been afforded the opportunity to participate in the highly-coveted JP Morgan Chase Internship Program.  SEB students have benefited greatly from participating in this program, as many have been hired as full-time employees after graduation.  Oneonta Alum and current BAC member Andrew Schwenk (Executive Director at JPM) has been instrumental in continuing this internship program, and he has stated that the program “has been a homerun; this is a beneficial partnership for SUNY Oneonta and JP Morgan.” The following are some of the SUNY Oneonta students that have participated in program in the recent past: Mariel Doyle, Natalia Poljak, Erin Ruth, Paul Hotaling , Matthew Matteo, Colleen Shannon and Dylan Williams. From the thousands that apply, again this summer two students from the SEB, Andrew Jensen and Dana Matedero, were selected to join the Operations Analyst Development Program Team and will report on June 6th.

Andrew is a junior Business Economics major with a Finance concentration, and is also a double minor in Economics and Business Communications. Andrew said “I know it is going to be challenging and that I have a ton to learn about, so it will be an incredible experience to grow professionally and meet wonderful new people.”

Dana is a junior Business Economics major with a concentration in Finance and is most looking forward to building real world work experience and confidence in herself while participating in this amazing opportunity.

Thirteen School of Economics & Business students presented eleven projects at the 2016 Student Research & Creative Activity Day, which took place on Wednesday, April 20th, in Hunt Union. Full summaries of all student projects as well as information on the keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth R. Carter ’85, can be found on the SRCA web page.

Lauren Bracco: The Federal Funds Rate Effect on Mortgage Rates and the Housing Market (Advisor: Dr. Ring)

Robert Cameron: How Mass Shootings Affect the Stock Market (Advisor: Dr. Sirianni)

Danielle Crandall: Personalized Ads on Facebook: An Effective Tool for Online Marketers (Advisor: Dr. Tran)

Michael Hodges: Workplace Bullying: Should Companies, Supervisors and the Bullies Themselves Be Legally Liable? (Advisor: Dr. Durkin)

Paul Hotaling: The Effects of Uber on the Efficiency of the New York City Taxi Cab Market (Advisor: Dr. O’Dea)

Julian Hoyos: The High Cost of “Cheap” On-Street Parking in Manhattan: An Application of the Shoup Model (Advisor: Dr. O’Dea)

Shane Irwin: Robustness of Environmental Kuznets Curve Models which Include a Measure of Income Inequality (Advisor: Dr. Sirianni)

John Marino: The Wealth Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions on Bondholders: New Evidence from the Over-the-Counter Markets (Advisor: Dr. F. Chen)

Derek Smith: Steering the Federal Funds Rate Pre-Recession vs. Post Liftoff (Advisor: Dr. Bauer)

Michael Spinelli: Stock Market Returns and Crude Oil Prices (Advisor: Dr. F. Chen)

Kieran Stack, Brian Arkin, & Anthony Santor: When and With Whom to Ally: An Empirical Study on Cause Marketing Alliance (Advisor: Dr. Lin)

Shane Irwin (left) discusses his poster with the keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Carter

The Student Advisory Council welcomed Seth Crystall, a successful alumnus back to campus on Thursday, April 7th.  Mr. Crystall graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1980 with a degree in Business Economics.  He is currently a Senior Credit Analyst at Debtwire.  Mr. Crystall gave a presentation before a large group of students entitled, “My Journey from SUNY Oneonta to the Financial Services Industry.”  This presentation offered students advice and strategies to finding a career in the financial services industry.  He spoke about how every person is unique and that is what makes each individual special and appealing to employers.  During the presentation Mr. Crystall offered advice on interviewing and balancing different aspects of one’s life.  He stressed the importance of finding a career that gives a person their desired balance of work, social, and family life.  Mr. Crystall provided many personal anecdotes that engaged the audience and provided examples of the content being discussed in the presentation.  At the end of the presentation Mr. Crystall answered questions from students and offered assistance with students’ resumes.