Awards & News

The Finance Club hosts Jonathan Quezada of PPL

On March 2, 2020 Jonathan Quezada, from PPL Corporation, visited the Finance Club to discuss his transition out of college along with his journey into corporate finance.

(L-R) Phil Houseknecht, Nicole Garza, Stephen Steele, Evan-Eric Longino, Jonathan Quezada, Dr. Gupta, Hanna Templin, Kelly Slattery

From left to right: Phil Houseknecht (Student), Nicole Garza (Treasurer), Stephen Steele (Marketing Officer), Evan-Eric Longino (Vice President), Jonathan Quezada (Guest Speaker from PPL), Dr. Gupta (Club Advisor), Hanna Templin (President), Kelly Slattery (Secretary)
Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals
A group of people sitting around a round table talking.
People sitting around round tables in a large room talking with each other.

On Monday, March 2, 2020 68 people (16 professionals, 6 faculty & Staff, 11 MBA students, and 35 undergraduate students) gathered in the McFarland Student Union building to provide the opportunity for students to learn about supply chain management and make connections with local supply chain professionals. This event was hosted by the Supply Chain Management Club and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional's (CSCMP) Lehigh Valley Roundtable. 

The Accounting Club hosts Lisa Frye
Left to Right: Kyle Reppy, Dr. Lisa Frye, Chris Waller.

Kyle Reppy, Dr. Lisa Frye, Chris Waller.

On February 25, 2020 Dr. Lisa Frye, Chair of The Computer Science Department at Kutztown University, explained to the Accounting Club how to obtain an Information Technology minor as well as smart Computer Science courses to take as electives for Business students. The meeting concluded with Kyle Reppy and Christopher Waller discussing their experience with the IT minor and how it has paid dividends in obtaining internships and job opportunities.

The PFP Club visits Milestone Financial LLC

On February 20, 2020, students enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning Capstone course, visited Milestone Financial LLC. and learned about career tracks in financial services from David S. Coult, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CPFA, President of Milestone Financial Associates, LLC and Justin Miller (KU ’10), CFA®, Chief Investment officer of Milestone Financial Associates, LLC.

KU's AMA hosts Sarah Ryland Raley, CEO of Social Seed Media LLC

On February 18, 2020 Sarah Ryland Raley, CEO of Social Seed Media LLC, provided valuable insight to Kutztown University's American Marketing Association. She discussed her career history along with the critical lessons she has learned being the CEO of her own company.

(L-R) Hannah Marx, Dylan Drager, Sarah Raley, Travis Stroup, Nicki Wolf.

Left to Right: Hannah Marx, Dylan Drager, Sarah Raley, Travis Stroup, Nicki Wolf.
Featured Speaker- Scott Hartman of EY
Top Row, Left to Right: Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Vince Sciortino, Prof. Dave Wagaman, Kyle Reppy, Jack Morgan. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Michael Pallanti, Matthew Achey, Scott Hartman, Jimmy Galiato, Philip Houseknecht, Chris Waller.

On February 13, 2020 The College of Business and Accounting Club were excited to host the first COB Featured Speaker event of the semester. Scott Hartman is a Managing Director at EY. Scott talked to students about corporate vs. public accounting, the different services in public accounting, as well as different skillsets and mindsets to help set students up for success. Thank you for coming, Scott!

Top Row (L-R) Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Vince Sciortino, Prof. Dave Wagaman, Kyle Reppy, Jack Morgan. Bottom Row (L-R) Michael Pallanti, Matthew Achey, Scott Hartman, Jimmy Galiato, Philip Houseknecht, Chris Waller.

The Finance Club Hosts Jenith Jaob of Hamilton Lane

On February 6, 2020 the Finance Club hosted Jenith Jacob from Hamilton Lane, a private markets solutions provider, to discuss an overview of the private markets, as well as career guidance and the importance of internships. 

(L-R) Nawaraj Panthi, Evan-Eric Longino, Stephen Steele (marketing officer), Jenith Jacob (guest speaker from Hamilton lane), Kelly Slattery, Hanna Templin, Dr. Keshav Gupta 

(L-R) Nawaraj Panthi, Evan-Eric Longino, Stephen Steele (marketing officer), Jenith Jacob (guest speaker from Hamilton lane), Kelly Slattery, Hanna Templin, Dr. Keshav Gupta
The Accounting Club Hosts Shirley Claude of Surgent CPA Review
Top row: Michael Pallanti, James Galiato, Vince Sciortino, Kyle Reppy, Alex Vedral, David (professor) Wagaman, Phil Houseknecht Middle row: Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Matthew Achey, Chris Waller. Bottom Row Unknown, Shirley Claude.

On February 2, 2020 The Accounting Club hosted Shirley Claude from Surgent CPA Review who provided valuable study and success tools.

Top Row (L-R) Michael Pallanti, James Galiato, Vince Sciortino, Kyle Reppy, Alex Vedral, prof. Dave Wagaman, Phil Houseknecht. Middle Row (L-R)Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Matthew Achey, Chris Waller. Bottom Row: Shirley Claude.

Featured Speaker- Chris Pruitt of East Penn Manufacturing

On November 21, 2019 Chris Pruitt, CEO and President of East Penn Manufacturing, shared the amazing history of Deka Batteries as it became East Penn Manufacturing Co., the largest single-site and privately-held battery company in the United States. Chris shared with students how important the founding family's values still are in creating one of the only manufacturing facilities to consistently win Forbes Best Places To Work in PA Award.

L to R back row: KU President Hawkinson, Chris Pruitt, Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb, Prof. Dave Wagaman. L to R front row: Alyssa Riess, Philip Houseknecht, Matthew Achey.

(L to R) Back Row: KU President Hawkinson, Chris Pruitt, Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb, Prof. Dave Wagaman. Front Row: Alyssa Riess, Philip Houseknecht, Matthew Achey.

Featured Speaker- Mike Rabinovitz of Hershey company

Mike Rabinovitz, the Senior Brand Manager at Hershey Company, delivered a candy filled talk on November 14, 2019. In addition to the bag of Hershey candies on every seat, Mike tossed 2 pound Reese's cups and Kitkat bars to audience members drawing delighted laughter while giving useful real-world advice about what a successful career path can look like post college. Mike, a former student of Dr. Therese Maskulka, emphasized that being a good fit in your job is often more rewarding then just the paycheck.

Mike Rabinovitz
The finance club hosts Dirk Scheepers

On November 12, 2019 Dirk Scheepers, a 2010 KU alumni from the MBA, Finance and International Business programs, came to speak to the Finance Club about his experience while working in NYC and abroad. Dirk held positions as a bond broker and works with fixed income for multinational corporations based out of Europe. He also talked about bond yield spreads and the importance of investing at an early age.

Back row: Stephen Steele, Evan-Eric Longino, Dirk Sheepers, Dr. Walker, Dr. Gupta. Front row: Anees Mobin, Hanna Templin, Trever Smith

Back row: Stephen Steele, Evan-Eric Longino, Dirk Sheepers, Dr. Walker, Dr. Gupta. Front row: Anees Mobin, Hanna Templin, Trever Smith

L to R: Hanna Templin, Dirk Scheepers, Chris Waller, Dr. Gupta

L to R: Hanna Templin, Dirk Scheepers, Chris Waller, Dr. Gupta

The marketing club hosts Krista Berardelli
back: Hannah Marx, Nicki Wolf, Dr. Massad, Krista Berardelli, Dylan Drager. Front:Kayla Mills, Jenna Getz

Krista Berardelli 19', Marketing Coordinator for Lehigh Valley Airport, was a speaker at the American Marketing Association Club on October 24, 2019. She is a Kutztown alumni and the former president of KU AMA. She discussed her experience with AMA, career tips, what her job is like and what career opportunities are currently available at the airport.

(L to R back row) Hannah Marx, Nicki Wolf, Dr. Massad, Krista Berardelli, Dylan Drager. (L to R front row) Kayla Mills, Jenna Getz

COB research workshop 10/16/2019
(L to R) Dr. Feisal Murshed, Dr. Therese Maskulka, Dr. Victor Massad, Dr. Eun Kang, Prof. Gerard Kelly.

Drs. Victor Massad and Feisal Murshed present a workshop titled "Where Do Kutztown Students End Up After They Graduate? A Look at LinkedIn Data."

(L to R) Dr. Feisal Murshed, Dr. Therese Maskulka, Dr. Victor Massad, Dr. Eun Kang, Prof. Gerard Kelly

KU Alumni Allison Geist presents at conference
Allison Geist holds a microphone

Allison Geist, operations support manager at NFI, asks the crowd who feels affected by the driver shortage. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Allison Geist '17, a KU College of Business alumni, graduated at the top of her Supply Chain Management minor class as well as earning her BSBA in Management & Marketing. After graduation, she became Operations Support Manager at NFI, a leading international third-party logistics provider. Allison presented at the Women in Trucking conference in Dallas, TX and was featured in a Transport Topics article. Dr. Gary Chao says "This is very encouraging. I will let my students know the trucking industry is not just for men."

Featured Speaker- Galen Woleslagle of GEODIS
(L to R) Dr. Quin Geng, Assistant Dean Paige M. Brookins, Dr. Gary Chao, Galen Wolslagle, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Dr. Muratcan Erkul, Dr. Rajeev Kumar.

Galen Woleslagle, Featured Speaker

(L to R) Dr. Quin Geng, Assistant Dean Paige M. Brookins, Dr. Gary Chao, Galen Wolslagle, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Dr. Muratcan Erkul, Dr. Rajeev Kumar.

On September 26th, 2019, Galen Woleslagle, the Director of Operations at GEODIS, a worldwide transport and logistics leader, presented Traits of Successful Leaders: Real World Advice For You to College of Business students and faculty.
During his presentation, Galen talked about warehousing and distribution, introduced GEODIS, discussed what makes good leadership, gave advice on how to grow as a leader and finished by answering questions from the audience.
Galen's tips to new graduates: set goals for yourselves, strive to learn everything, lead people efficiently and do not be afraid to ask questions.

COB research workshop 9/5/2019
(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Prof. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

Dr. Brad Congelio, of the Sports Management Department, presents “Perhaps More Than Games: Using eSports as a Tool of Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education."

(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Dr. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

Business Administration-Management track, Molly Bobjak, and Sport Management major, Kyra Wozniak, showcased skills off the field in professional summer internships.

2018/19 College of Business Research Awards
Dr. Feisal Murshed holding an award.

Dr. Feisal Murshed was awarded both "Top Researcher of the Year" and "Faculty Researcher of the Year"!

Dr. Soojin Kim and Dr. Mostafa Maksy recieve "Top Researcher of the Year" awards from Dean Anne Carroll.

(Left) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Soojin Kim with "Top Researcher of the Year". (Right) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Mostafa Maksy "Top Researcher of the Year".

Kim O'Neill

Welcome to our new Assistant Dean, Kim O’Neill! Kim comes to us from the School of Business at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell, where she was the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation for the School of Business. She also taught courses primarily in the areas of project management, operations management, process improvement, and statistics. In her role here, she will primarily support our accreditation and assessment processes and workload planning.

Prior to UW Bothell, Kim held management positions at several medical device companies in the Seattle area, including Phillips, Sonosite and Cardiac Science. She started her professional career in the defense industry, contributing to an assortment of satellite, launch vehicle, tracking station, national defense, and missile projects.

Kim holds an MBA from UW Bothell, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an MS in Engineering Management from California State University - Long Beach, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Loyola Marymount University. 

Pennsylvania Economic Association Annual Conference

Kutztown University's College of Business hosted the Pennsylvania Economic Association's annual conference on May 30 through June 1, 2019. Dr. John Walker, Vice President of the Association and a KU professor spearheaded the entire event with great success. Over 100 Economics professors and professionals gathered on our beautiful campus to share ideas and research including our own Dr. CJ Rhoads, Dr. Necati Tekatli, Dr. Keshav Gupta, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Halim Dalgin, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen and Dr. Qin Geng.

PEA Officers and Board Members pose for a group photo.

PEA Officers and Board Members

We bid a fond farewell to TWO of our graduating student workers!
(Left to Right) Sydney Burgese, Grace Wein, Alexandria Shope, Dontez Jolly, Olivia Durr, Gabriella Wilson.

Congratulations to KU seniors Alex and Tez our spring 2019 graduates! Thank you for all of your hard work for the College of Business

(Left to Right) Sydney Burgese, Grace Wein, Alexandria Shope, Dontez Jolly, Olivia Durr, Gabriella Wilson (missing: Taylor D'ambrosio).