Dr. David Ring, who will be retiring after the spring 2016 semester, has supported students outside of the School of Economics and Business by serving as an advisor to WONY, the College’s radio station. As a tribute to all his time and dedication to the station, Dr. Ring was recognized as “Advisor of the Year” by the Student Association. His presence will certainly be missed along with his jokes and positive attitude!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the College Fed Challenge team took their coach Dr. Ring out to dinner at Autumn Cafe to celebrate a great career and his retirement. The entire group bought “Fed Challenge Team” hats for Dr. Ring and themselves as a special way for him to remember his last year at SUNY Oneonta. Dr. Ring has impacted his students greatly throughout his career and is sure to be missed next year. The College Fed Challenge Team and SEB wish Dr. Ring all the best in his retirement.

The College Foundation has announced that the friends, colleagues and former students of Dr. David W. Ring are raising funds to endow a scholarship in his name.  To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must have major in the SEB, have a GPA of 3.00 or better and demonstrate financial need.  Dr. Ring’s colleagues in the SEB have already contributed $1500.

On April 29th, two teams of students from Dr. Kai Chen’s Portfolio Management class presented an analysis of the College’s portfolio of mutual funds to members of the College Foundation Board. The research projects aimed to analyze the College’s portfolio of mutual funds and to make suggestions for improvement. The teams made use of Modern Portfolio Theory, using the volatility and returns of individual funds to recreate the fund portfolio and run various tests. Specifically, they used mean-variance portfolio optimization to re-weight the assets in the portfolio so as to attain the theoretically highest return-per-risk in their models. Considerable analysis was presented including stress-testing several portfolios of assets through a simulated recession, performing analysis on the current allocation of mutual funds in the portfolio, calculating Jensen’s Alpha using regression models, and finally making suggestions to the Board on whether to add or remove assets from the portfolio. Students involved in the project were Ben Merrill, Mike Spinelli, Kathryn White, Eric Anderson, Ralph Jusi, Robert Cameron, Chris Degennaro, and Andrew Crawford.

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.”

Mr. Kent Newhart '77


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.