Zeigler College of Business students in the news

Zeigler College of Business students in the news

International Collegiate Sales Competition Team




BU Sales Team gets Third Place Team at the International Collegiate Sales Competition at FSU




Two BU students, Derek Franchino and Michael DiVona with their faculty coach, Dr. Monica J. Favia competed November 8-11 at the International Collegiate Sales Competition (ICSC) at Florida State University. Mike is a Marketing major and Derek is a Management major with a minor in Marketing. Derek is also President of Alpha Chi Rho. Both Mike and Derek individually made the semi-finals and overall the team amassed enough points, based on their finish in each round to take third place team overall for the competition. Thirty-nine schools competed at the ICSC.



FMA named among the best in nation

BU’s Student Financial Management Association received a superior chapter award for 2011-12 academic year — for the seventh consecutive year. Past presidents who continue to stay involved with the student organization include Tim Harris, Lee Herbert, and Cory Hardy, among others. Past and present faculty co-advisors include Todd Shawver and Jonathan Ohn, who work closely with students and industry practitioners in organizing chapter's guest lectures and industry visits, and the support of the dean's office. As indicated in the award notice, this is a much-coveted award earned by less than five percent of all organizations in the nation.

Management student wins competition

Howard Sodano
Howard Sodano, a senior management major, will serve as a student assistant this fall at the Council of SCM Professionals’ annual Global Conference in San Diego, Cal., after recently winning its scholarship competition. Howard was given the option of a $1,500 scholarship or an all-expenses-paid trip to the international conference.



In his winning paper, Sodano addressed current issues in supply chain management and how it can address green sustainability initiatives, with a focus on logistics and transportation. Christian Grandzol, assistant professor of management, said Sodano did well in defining how supply chain professionals can tackle a critical issue many organizations are underprepared to deal with. Supply Chain Management Concentration

SIFE among the best in the region

BU’s SIFE team recently finished second at the Regional Competition in New York, where they made professional presentations about their completed projects in front of 20 judges comprised of CEOs and vice presidents of sponsoring companies. BU’s 62 member SIFE Chapter includes students from the Zeigler College of Business, along with students from math, exercise science and education.

Students earn Harrisburg internships

The Harrisburg Internship Semester
Matthew Miller, a senior accounting and finance major, and Joan Bradbury, a junior social work major, were selected to attend The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) program. Miller will attend in the fall, while Bradbury is slated for the spring.

The program is a 15-week internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, providing students an opportunity to work in all areas of state government for a full semester. Contact Sheng Ding by e-mail for more information.

Marketing Association showcases its talent

American Marketing Association
BU’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association recently won best chapter plan at the 32nd International Collegiate American Marketing Association Conference.

(L-R) Jason Gurzau, Alicia Smith, Ryan Mosher, Allison Martin, Emily Metzgar, Justin Pierce, Emily Faulk and Christopher Drew.

Students lending skills over tax season

Student Accounting Association
BU’s Student Accounting Association offered free tax help to qualified residents of Columbia and Montour counties on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday through April 14 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 130 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. More ...

Russian students relish strong BU connection

Russian students
Twenty-seven students from the Finance Academy in Moscow, Russia, who are enrolled in BU’s economics program, mingled with President David Soltz, Provost Ira Blake and economics faculty in a reception.

The students exchanged greetings and shared their rich experiences in multiculturalism and international cooperation at BU. The group, who were presented with academic certificates, are excited to keep in touch with BU.

SAM competes in national competition

Society for Advancement of Management
Members of Society for Advancement of Management recently traveled to Arlington, Va., to compete in the national case competition, where students created a strategic plan for TomTom and presented to a panel of judges.

Pictured (back row) Kevin Bay, Matt Wenneis, Tom Cook, Bill Philipps, Brian Welch and (front row) Dr. Okpara, SAM advisor, Mary Lou Thomas, Janelle Keister, Benek-Rivera, management department chair. Not pictured is Pamela Wynn, SAM advisor.

Student group gives back to the community

Society for the Advancement of Management
Members of the Society for the Advancement of Management visited Danville State Hospital to sing karaoke with the patients. The visit was part of the group's ongoing community service and volunteer activities.