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Tom Janicki

Tom Janicki

Progress Energy Professorship brings IT and businesses together

By Jesse McCarl '10

Receive a grant, do research, get published.

Most professorships follow that model, but the new Progress Energy/Gordon Hulbert Distinguished Professorship of Information Systems at the UNCW Cameron School of Business adds a unique community outreach component that inspires Thomas N. Janicki.

The distinguished professorship supports his efforts to create programs that benefit UNCW students as well as information technology (IT) professionals.

"The main goal is improving the quality of our graduates through internships, networking and relevant education," Janicki said. Those experiences come from establishing strong connections with the IT community. "Building a strong IT community, even between competing businesses, will bring better IT opportunities to our region."

Janicki earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in information systems from Kent State University. He worked in the information systems (IS) industry for 18 years, 14 as a business owner. Now in his 13th year teaching at UNCW, Janicki serves on a 25-person advisory board for regional IT companies.

One of his first action items was a "career day" and job fair in October, featuring young alumni sharing experiences from their first few years in the professional world. That event was followed by a job fair for local IT businesspeople to meet soon-to-be graduates looking for internships or full-time positions.

"Even if a company's not necessarily hiring, we encourage them to come out to help prepare students for the interviewing process and job market," Janicki said.

To support the IT business community, Janicki plans to host a series of breakfast panels. "This is something we've done a few times before, and I'm hoping to make it more consistent," he said. "The panels are a chance for IT business professionals from all over Wilmington to come together to address a current topic from the industry."

The panels will focus on the trends - and the pitfalls - in the industry.

"People set aside concerns of business competition for the opportunity to learn form the community," Janicki said, adding that feedback from the panel discussions will give him information to relay back to the IS faculty at the Cameron School of Business. The faculty will incorporate industry trends and concerns into their courses, making sure students are equipped with real-world skills, not just textbook knowledge.

"The reputation of the IS concentration has grown substantially since its inception in 2000," he said. "Today, it is an established program where the quality of our students is known throughout the region. This success is not an accident but the result of the efforts of all IS faculty, the Cameron School of Business and the development of a corporate advisory board."

Now, with new opportunities supported by the professorship, Janicki looks forward to creating community outreach activities that provide enhanced service for business professionals and more real-world learning experiences for students.

Jesse McCarl is a creative writing major who had an internship with the UNCW Office of Marketing and Communications

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Dick Verrone

Dick Verrone

In addition to teaching classes in personal finance, Dick Verrone, an Executive in Residence, has additional responsibilities as coordinator of international executive relations. In this capacity, he calls on companies overseas to establish international internships for Cameron School of Business undergraduate and graduate students. Over the past few years he has visited around two dozen companies in Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. As a result of his most recent trip he has lined up seven internships for IMBA and undergraduates, six in Germany and one in Paris. All are paid internships and range in duration from the summer months up to six months and even some for a full year. Verrone invites anyone who has overseas business contacts with companies that could offer international internships to contact him at verroned@uncw.edu.

Cetin Ciner, associate professor of economics and finance, was noted by many media outlets for his knowledge of gold. Associated Press articles were published in newspapers around the country in August 2011. The outlets included the Seattle Times and the Washington Times. He was interviewed about gold markets by Fortune magazine and featured in an article published Dec. 20 on Fortune.com.

Ed Graham, professor of economics and finance, has been invited back to Viet Nam this summer to teach real estate investments and financial management.

Rob Burrus

Rob Burrus

Rob Burrus, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, is program chair and president-elect of the Academy of Economics and Finance. He is developing the program for February meetings in Charleston, S.C.

Luther Lawson, professor of economics and finance, completed his second year of phased retirement (and loving it) and will return to Germany in April to teach in executive MBA and East Asian Management programs. He will return to UNCW for the final year of phased retirement during the 2012-13 school year.

Tammy Hunt

Tammy Hunt

Julianne Treme, assistant professor of economics and finance, received a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) grant to develop and teach a one-hour course for second-semester freshmen and sophomores. The class will introduce students to research and creative scholarship opportunities at UNCW and help them develop a plan to connect with faculty in their disciplines. She also served as the faculty mentor to a group of economics students who will travel to Boston to present their research at a national undergraduate conference in March 2012.

Tammy Hunt, professor of management, received the 2011 J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award from the UNCW Alumni Association at the UNCW Fall Faculty meeting. The award is given for faculty service and leadership, student support and community outreach. (Full description at https://uncw.edu/alumni/awards under Faculty Awards tab.) Hunt also was selected as the CSB country liaison for England and the University of Hertfordshire, a TABSA partner school.

James Hunt

James Hunt

Katie Hartman, associate professor of marketing, was awarded the UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence's Discere Aude Outstanding Professor Award.

James B. Hunt, professor of marketing and department chair, presented "Promotion in Differing Cultural Contexts: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Values Reflected in Television Advertising from Mexico and the United States" at the annual conference of the Association for Global Business in October 2011 at Newport Beach, Calif. Co-authors were Michael Seaman '03, Patricia K. Voli, marketing instructor, and Lisa L. Scribner, associate professor of marketing. Hunt also presented "Woman's Portrayal in Magazine Advertising in Germany, Turkey and the United States: A Cross-Cultural Comparison" at the conference. Refika Bilgic '08 was co-author.

Brian Kinard

Brian Kinard

Brian R. Kinard, associate professor of marketing, presented "The Effect of Receipt Personalization on Consumer Tipping Behavior" at the Atlantic Marketing Association conference in Charleston, S.C. Piyawan Khamman was co-author. "Visual Effects of Variety and Area Saliency on Food Product Volume Estimates," written by Kinard and Jerry L. Kinard, will be published in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Food Products Marketing. Kinard and Cynthia Webster co-authored "Factors Influencing Unhealthy Eating Behavior in U.S. Adolescents," which was published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies, 36 (1), 23-39. Kinard, along with Michael L. Capella and Cynthia Webster had the article "A Review of the Effect of Cigarette Advertising" published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, 28 (3), 269-279. Kinard and co-author Jerry L. Kinard had their case study titled "Coastal States Chemicals and Fertilizers" included in Managerial Decision Modeling with Spreadsheets (3rd ed.) by Nagraj Balakrishnan, Barry Render and Ralph Stair Jr., Pearson/Prentice Hall Publishing.

Tracy Meyer, assistant professor of marketing, presented "Explanations as a Service Recovery Initiative: The Amount of Information and by whom It Is Provided" at the Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. Thomas L. Baker, former UNCW professor of marketing, was co-author.

Thomas Porter, associate professor of marketing; Katie Hartman, associate professor of marketing; and John Seth Johnson authored the article "Books and Balls: Antecedents and Consequences of College Identification" which was published in the Oct. 13, 2011 edition of Research in Higher Education Journal.

David Glew

David Glew

David Glew, associate professor of marketing; Tracy Meyer, assistant professor of marketing; Becky Sawyer, assistant professor of accounting and MSA coordinator; Pete Schuhmann, professor of economics; and Barry Wray, associate professor of quantitative methods, were co-authors of the article "Evaluating and Improving the Assessment of Undergraduate Student Writing in a School of Business at a Large Regional University" which was published in the Journal of Effective Teaching, 11(2), 55-74.

Rebecca Guidice

Rebecca Guidice

Tracy Meyer and co-authors Daniel Laufer and David H. Silvera had their article "Age-Related Reactions to a Product Harm Crisis" published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing, 29 (Summer/Fall 2012). Meyer co-authored with Thomas L. Baker and Jean-Charles Chebat the article "Cultural Impacts on Felt and Expressed Emotions and Third Party Complaint Relationships" published online in the Journal of Business Research.

Rebecca M. Guidice is a new assistant professor of management. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University and was a faculty member at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and University of Mississippi. Her current research interests include corporate governance, accountability, innovation and competitive bluffing. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management and the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. Her teaching expertise is in strategic management.