Eleven students from Senior Seminar in Economics (ECON 390) participated in the 2015 Student Research & Creative Activity Day, which took place on Thursday, April 16th, in Hunt Union. Full summaries of all student projects as well as information on the keynote speaker, Hal Luftig ’79, can be found on the SRCA web page.

Matthew Acquavella
“Do Oneonta Rents Exceed Property Values?”
Faculty Sponsors: Paul Bauer, Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Matt Acquavella

Derek Casanas
“Housing in the Current Expansion”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Michael Coleman
“Effects of Quantified Forward Guidance on Market Rates”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Michael Coleman

Stephen Grosso
“How do Features of New Urbanism Affect Housing Prices in Celebration, Florida?”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Stephen Grosso


Tyler Habib
“Corporate Governance and Liquidity of Firms”
Faculty Sponsor: Dona Siregar (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Devin Luna
“Internet IPOs, Underwriters, and Long-Run Performance”
Faculty Sponsor: Dona Siregar (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Sean O’Hara
“Oil Price Shocks and Green Energy Stocks”
Faculty Sponsor: Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Sean O'Hara

John Perruna
“Inflation Expectations: Accuracy of Market Based Measures vs. Survey Based Measures”
Faculty Sponsor: David Ring (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

John Perruna

Jennifer Rushlow
“How Stable is the Error Correction Model Cointegrating WTI and Brent Crude Oil Prices?”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Jennifer Rushlow

Kyle Sisco
“High-MPG Vehicle Demand Determinants: A Household-Level Analysis”
Faculty Sponsor: Philip Sirianni (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Mason Tiffany
“Openness to Trade and Long-run Economic Growth: A Cross Country Study”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Bauer (Economics, Finance & Accounting)

Mason Tiffany

Hua Zhong, Associate Professor of Management in the School of Economics & Business, presented a research paper at the 2015 International Business Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 22-26, 2015. His paper, titled “On the Worker Scheduling Problem for a Small Medical Equipment Manufacturer”, studies an actual problem faced by the operations manager from a small local medical equipment manufacturer. Workers are assigned to various workstations during the manufacturing process. We want to set up a working schedule that rotates workers on the different workstations to reduce repetitive injury. The goal is to quickly find a working schedule that will balance the working load for all workers. A two-step approach is proposed to solve the above problem.

George Heath recently retired from Sherwin-Williams where he was President of the Global Finishes Group at Sherwin-Williams, a $3 billion group responsible for the Automotive Finishes, Product Finishes and Protective & Marine Coatings Divisions in North and South America, Europe and Asia. George joined Sherwin-Williams in 2004 as Vice President of Marketing for the Product Finishes Division before becoming its President & General Manager in 2006. After becoming Group President in 2008, he helped accelerate the company’s growth globally, doubling the size of the group, including several acquisitions in Europe and Asia.

Before joining Sherwin-Williams, George led the marketing team of the Industrial Coatings business at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining PPG, he served in several global roles for Axeda, a venture-funded startup in Boston and for Thermovation Engineering, an equipment manufacturer in Cleveland. Thermovation grew more than 1,900 percent during George’s tenure and won five consecutive Weatherhead 100 Awards from the Case Weatherhead School of Management as one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing companies.

George serves on the Business Advisory Council at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as an advisor to its China Business Program. Additionally, he spends time in the classroom, lecturing a variety of classes at Miami and elsewhere. George received his MBA from Miami, and his BFA from Bowling Green State University.

George, his wife Julie, and their two young sons reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The slides from Mr. Heath’s presentation to the SEB students are available here.

Mr. Heath addresses a large group of SEB students

Mr. Heath meets with members of the Student Advisory Council of 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. The SUNY Oneonta Chapter congratulates the 19 students who have earned and accepted invitations in the Spring 2015 semester. They join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 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.

Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership is truly an international honor. With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the U.S. or Canada. Beta Gamma Sigma has installed collegiate chapters and inducted students on six continents. The most outstanding students are eligible for the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

BGS invitations have been given to the following Juniors:

Lilian Dao, Nick Moore, Heather Bohlen, Tyler Mager, Sarah Planken

And the following Seniors:

Alissa Mannarino, Ashley Perry, Matthew Elliott, Abby Renneman, Colleen Shannon, Kellyann Turner, Oria Bays, Stephanie Schulweis, Corinne Ellis, Robert Allocca, Derek Casanas, Shane Irwin, Matthew Matteo, Joanna Pontino

Congratulations! Check out the photos below from the BGS tapping by Drs. Yen, Buchan, Durkin, and Flynn.

From Prof. Ozer's class: Joanna Pontino, Abby Renneman, and Derek Casanas

From Prof. Foley-Deno's class: Tyler Mager and Heather Bohlen

From Prof. Siregar's class: Shane Irwin and Natalia Poljak (current member)

From Prof. Zhong's class: Matthew Elliott, Oria Bays, Jordana Alhante (current member), John Perruna (current member), and Ashley Perry



Members of the Business Advisory Council were on campus for a day-long meeting with Dean Yen, College representatives, SEB faculty and students on December 6, 2014. Topics discussed at the meeting included business education and its impacts, challenges, and alternatives to liberal arts education; innovative strategies and course design in entrepreneurship education; opportunities and strategies associated with branding/re-branding of the SEB; and challenges and opportunities in professional accounting education.

Minutes from the meeting (as well as those for past meetings) along with a list of current BAC members and their affiliations is at http://www.oneonta.edu/seb/advisory-councils.asp. We in the SEB extend a sincere thank you to all BAC members who came to campus to contribute in this important meeting. Our initiatives and programs will surely improve as a result of the valuable input received.

BAC and faculty members gathered in Le Cafe, Morris Hall

Student Advisory Council presentation by Danny Lounsbury and Abby Renneman

Panel members Bill O'Dea, Zel Bianco, Andrew Schwenk, Matthew Betzenhauser, and Cees Lanting

Student Advisory Council presentation by Danny Lounsbury and Abby Renneman


The Student Advisory Council of the School of Economics and Business is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 Student Newsletter! Click here to view the latest issue.

Dr. Paul W. Bauer, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the International Atlantic Economic Society. Founded in 1973, the IAES promotes the dissemination of economic and financial research within the international community through its two refereed publications and two conferences a year.

Several faculty members from the School of Economics and Business presented results of their research at the New York State Economics Association Conference, held at Siena College in October.

Paul Bauer, “Which is the Drag on U.S. States Per Capita Incomes: Topicality or Lack of Civil Rights?”

Michael McAvoy, “The Reserve and Labor Exploitation at the Beginning of Organized Baseball: The Case of the 1880s Reds”

William P. O’Dea, “Student Evaluations: What is a Chair to Do?”

Philip Sirianni (with Michael O’Hara, Colgate Univ.) “Carbon Efficiency of U.S. Colleges and Universities: A Nonparametric Assessment”

Wade Thomas and Magdalena Lorenz, “Redefining the Internship in the Face of Legal Realities and Economic Valuations”

Additionally, Mariel Doyle, an Economics and Mathematics major and member of the class of 2015, presented the results of her research paper titled “Pigovian Taxes and Interacting Pollutants” in the undergraduate student paper competition.

Dr. Mine Ozer, Associate Professor of Management, published a research article in Journal of Strategy and Management in 2014. The title of the article is “Can Companies Buy Legitimacy? Using Corporate Political Strategies to Offset Negative Corporate Social Responsibility Records”. The purpose of this article is to draw on institutional theory and propose that firms with negative corporate social responsibility records consider investing in political strategies necessary in order to construct new legitimate standards in line with their strategies. The results show that firms with high corporate social responsibility concerns invest more in political strategies. In addition, the results indicate that organizational visibility and organizational slack positively moderate this relationship. The article is co-authored with Dr. Ekin Alakent from California State University – East Bay.

The College Fed Challenge team, led by Dr. David Ring (Economics, Finance, and Accounting), gave their presentation at the New York Fed on November 14 in the semi-final round, and received an honorable mention for the second consecutive year. They will receive an engraved trophy from the Federal Reserve, which will be displayed in the main SEB office in 226 Netzer. Come by to take a look, and congratulations to the team on this great accomplishment!