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CSB Alumna Jenni Pleasant Inducted Into Triad Business Journal's '40 Leaders Under Forty.'

Jenni PleasantFebruary 20: After an award-winning career in marketing with ISP Sports (now IMG) and Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Jenni Pleasant is developing membership initiatives at Forsyth Country Club as well as boosting its philanthropic efforts. Her work in the community has ranged from youth sports coach to working with nonprofits, including HOPE of W-S.

"I’m a 2000 grad of the Cameron School of Business and I was both humbled and honored as an inductee into the Class of 2017 Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty for Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro. The ceremony was held at UNCG and so many of the honorees were UNCG grads. I was SO proud to represent the Dubs!" Congratulations, Jenni!

Darion Jeralds, MBA '14, named UNCW Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year

Chip Mahan, Darion Jeralds ’10, ’14M; and Chad Porter ’98.February 7: For Darion Jeralds, the senior sourcing manager for Global Nuclear Fuel, his UNCW experience prepared him for a smooth transition into the corporate world. His career path started with a class in business operations. After the final project, his professor invited Jeralds to interview for an internship with GE. The internship led to an entry-level opportunity. Jerald’s time on the men’s basketball team helped him develop the character, work ethic and determination to thrive during early career roles, he said.

“I enjoyed my time at UNCW so much that I decided to go back!” Jeralds added. “The M.B.A. program was an opportunity for me to explore business concepts from a higher level. The challenging projects in the M.B.A. program helped me to stretch and grow into a leader in my business. Now I enjoy returning to campus annually to share ideas with students during Business Week.” [Keep Reading]

CSB Welcomes International MBA Students from 13 Nations

International MBA class of 2017February 6: The incoming International MBA cohort enjoyed their UNCW orientation over February 1-3, 2017. The class consists of students from 13 different nations: US, UK, Nigeria, Morocco, Germany, Bangladesh, Portugal, Ivory Coast, Russia, Pakistan, China, Jamaica and Palestine. Welcome to campus! [See the Photo Album]

MKT Fraternity PSE Helps Organize Successful "DubThon" Fundraiser

DubThon 2017February 6: On January 28th, PSE and the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Phi Mu (a fraternity) teamed up to host a UNCW Dance Marathon that they affectionately called DubThon in Hanover Hall. The event raised $32,919.21 for the Children’s Miracle Network at Duke Medical Center, well over their initial goal of $15,000.

The event included performances by The High Seas, The SeaBelles, Physical Graffiti, Hoop Troop, Zumba, The UNCW Cheerleaders, and the UNCW Dance Team. A DJ played music during entertainment breaks, and two enthusiastic students served as event hosts.

Students played Sharks and Minnows, competed in a limbo contest, had a relay race, and a participated in a Dance Battle. Besides the fee paid by students to attend the event, PSE and Phi Mu raised money from company sponsorships, a jail that ran through the entire day, the sale of raffle tickets for prizes, and the sale of event t-shirts. Local restaurants including Might as Well, Dominoes, Chipotle, and Olive Garden donated food for event participants.

Wesley Bonnin and Taylor Pfyffer took the lead for the event for PSE. Brianna Belicic and Cole Eddings led things for Phi Mu. Wesley, Taylor, Brianna, Cole and many other PSE and Phi Mu students put in countless hours to make DubThon a huge success.

MBA Alumna Leeanne Grunke '08 Nominated for Military Spouse of the Year

Leeanne and Eric Grunke"I'm grateful that my UNCW MBA degree supported me in securing a rewarding, flexible position as Director of Business Development for Purple Communications Inc. that allows me to advance my career while supporting my husband who serves as a U.S. Marine Officer." [Read more about Leeanne's nomination]

Recipients of the 2016-17 CFA Scholarship Chosen

As a CFA Institute Recognized University, the UNCW Cameron School of Business, Department of Economics & Finance is pleased to offer five reduced-fee scholarships for students in their last year of undergraduate study who wish to register for the June 2017 Level I Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Erich Carsten
  • Joshua Foster
  • Corbin Penland
  • Fahad Rayyan
  • Bryce Webber

[More info]

Beta Gamma Sigma - The Best In Business

Charise NealBlog Post - 1.13.17: How would you feel if you were given the opportunity to be in room full of people known as “the best in business”? I can tell you that it feels phenomenal. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) members are known around the world as “the best in business.” As soon as I was invited to join this prestigious group of people, I jumped at the opportunity.

The Cameron School of Business has many resources available to aid students in their career pursuits. This includes organizations such as the Cameron Executive Network, bi-annual career fair events, and above all, dedicated personnel that have a passion for student success. Cameron professors and staff care about their students, and they want to see them to succeed in work and life. Personally, this is why I chose the Cameron School of Business. No matter how big your dreams are, Cameron will help pave the way to greatness. With the help of such dedicated personnel, I was able to achieve the academic success that led to my invitation into Beta Gamma Sigma, and ultimately, to the BGS conference I was able to attend. [Keep Reading]

Dr. Cetin Ciner Recognized for Highly Cited Research Paper

Cetin CinerJanuary 4: The editors of International Review of Financial Analysis recently acknowledged Dr. Cetin Ciner, Professor of Finance, for his paper, Hedges and safe havens: An examination of stocks, bonds, gold, oil and exchange rates, published in 2013. Dr. Ciner's paper was one of the 5 most highly cited papers during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016. Congratulations!

Fall 2016 CSB Outstanding Graduates

November 28: Congratulations to Outstanding Graduates for the Fall 2016 Semester. As well as being the Outstanding Graduate in Economics, Matthew Murphy was awarded the E.M. West Award for Academic Achievement. The E. M. West award is named after Dr. E. M. “Mac” West and is awarded at each commencement ceremony to the Cameron student with the highest academic achievement, while also taking into consideration their participation in Cameron and UNCW activities. The students awarded for the Fall 2016 semester were:

  • Outstanding Graduate in Accountancy & Business Law - Sara “Jordan” Cline
  • Outstanding Graduate in Economics - Matthew Murphy
  • Outstanding Graduate in Finance - Connor Mensing
  • Outstanding Graduate in International Business - Joel Mauldin
  • Outstanding Graduate in Information Systems - Taylor Benson
  • Outstanding Graduate in Information Technology - Greg Moore
  • Outstanding Graduate in Operations Management - Nicholas Congema
  • Outstanding Graduate in Marketing - Matthew Font
  • Outstanding Graduate in Professional Selling - Kellie Dale
  • Outstanding Graduate in Marketing Strategy - Shayna Van Epern

Congratulations! [See the Photo Album]

Understanding U.S. Incentives for Keeping Foreign Earnings Abroad

Dr. Zahn FurnerBlog Post - 11.23.16: In August, the European Competition Commission determined that Ireland had given Apple’s Irish subsidiaries illegal tax benefits, and it calculated that these subsidiaries owe Ireland nearly $14.5 billion in back taxes.

The size of this ruling has reignited the debate in here in the United States about tax policies that permit U.S.-based multinational corporations (MNCs) to accumulate their foreign earnings overseas without paying U.S. taxes.

Apple is not alone. [Keep Reading]

CSB Named in Princeton Review's Best 294 Business Schools, 2017 Edition

Best 294 Business Schools Princeton ReviewOctober 17: The Cameron School of Business continues to be an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the school in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” and on its site.

“It’s very meaningful to receive this type of recognition. It’s really a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff, currently and in years past,” said Dean Robert Burrus.

The Princeton Review's survey asked students at the 294 business schools about their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were completed online at and conducted in the 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 academic years.



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