Risk Management Insurance Class First to Tour Religious Activities CenterDr. Wayne Biddle, associate professor of Business, recently took his Risk Management Insurance class on a field trip to tour the Religious Activities Center.
According to Biddle, the Director of Physical Plan for the College, Jim Wendelschaefer, took him and his class on a tour of the construction site and explained all that was going on within the construction of the center. Biddle’s class was able to tour the building from top to bottom and see relevant areas of risk management in play.
The tour of the center gave students a visible and real life example of concepts they talked about in class. In Biddle’s class students learn about insurance policies and packages that make up companies as well as concepts such as general liability, workers’ compensation, and property insurance.
“[We] got to see masonry and electrical work along with painting and other building and construction procedures,” Biddle said. “Students got to see a live construction site and various procedures from a risk management perspective.”
Biddle and his class were the first people to have toured the construction site.
“[The tour] came at the conclusion of the commercial risk management section of the class,” Biddle said. “The goal was to allow the students to see the various liability exposures, potential work related injuries, and property exposure in a real life setting.”
Business Ethics Panel Teaches Real World ApplicationsAssociate Professor of Business, Dr. Wayne Biddle, recently held a business ethics panel in order to better prepare students for life outside of the College.
The panel, which occurred at the College on March 21, consisted of five recent graduates who talked about ethical issues they have faced in their professional careers. Biddle then asked the panelists questions which prompted them to share their experiences in the work world. It was a requirement for Biddle’s students, but students from all majors were invited.
“Oftentimes when students think about issues, they think of big scandals, but most of us will not get involved in scandals of that magnitude, they will be smaller issues,” Biddle said.
Biddle teaches the Business Ethics and Society course, a requirement that all Business majors must take by their sophomore year. He also has personal experience with facing these types of predicaments in the work world, which is why he has a passion for preparing students for future ethical problems in the work force.
“I wanted students to understand the ethical issues they will be faced with,” Biddle said. “The point is that [students] will be faced with certain issues early on in their business career.”
About 180 students attended the panel and overall Biddle said that he was pleased with the outcome of the business ethics panel.
“I received a lot of positive feedback form students,” Biddle said. “[The panel] made students aware of how soon they would be involved in ethical situations in their career.”
Marketing Team Wins “Challenge”…AgainA team of five Grove City students (L-R in picture: Brian Darcangelo, Courtney Steiginga, Stephanie Mount, Jeremiah Pullinger and David Durfee) recently competed in and won the 2012 Armstrong College Challenge. This is the second consecutive year that a team from GCC has won the competition.
Armstrong, who sponsored the competition and invited local colleges to participate, is a provider of television, internet and phone service in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky. Participating teams were charged with offering strategic suggestions for how Armstrong can remain a leader in a turbulent industry, especially in light of more consumers increasing choosing to stream online content.
The Grove City team conducted secondary research, surveyed the entire senior class, conducted interviews and developed strategic recommendations in a 20-minute presentation to members of Armstrong’s executive and marketing staff. The team’s presentation was followed by a 40-minute Q & A session. Afterwards, the judges announced the Grove City team as the winner of the competition. The judges noted the team’s extensive research and multimedia presentation as being particularly effective.
In addition to gaining a valuable learning experience, the team won $2000 in scholarship money.
Dr. Adels Practices What She PreachesProfessor of Business, Christen Adels, brings real life examples to her classes through her continued work outside the classroom.
In addition to being a professor at the College, Adels is also a licensed attorney and CPA. She serves as managing director at Maya Group LP where she does consulting work throughout the year with most of it mainly done during the summer. In the summer of 2010 Adels also helped to spin off a new company where she specifically worked on contract reviews and was responsible for their financial reporting.
“I think it is important for people who teach the material to be currently involved in the real world and to stay up-to-date on what is happening currently in their field,” Adels said. “It is imperative in the Business world that we not only teach but do what you teach.”
As far as time commitment outside of the classroom, Adels has quarterly board of directors meetings which take up eight days out of the year. She has project work at Maya Group LP throughout the semesters and has worked there full time during the summer for the last two years.
Adels said that students comment in appreciation each semester about how she is able to relate real life examples to the material taught in class. She said that it is important for her to be able to tie these examples back to her students and see what they learn from them.
“I do exactly what I teach,” Adels said. “What is important for me is bringing real life experience to the classroom; bringing things that we talk about in meetings into my classes.”
Comparing the Business world to the classroom, Adels said that the real world presents its own challenges because the decision one makes in regard to contracts can have legal consequences. Legal exposure a firm has with one of its contracts can have serious monetary implications, according to Adels.
Adels’ goal is to make sure she brings the material to life for her students.
“Life offers so many opportunities, which is why I stay so active in the professional world in addition to teaching,” Adels said. “I want to make sure students understand the big picture of why they are learning what they are learning.”
Analytics Project with IT Industry AssociationIn fall 2011, Dr. Jeremy DalleTezze, Assistant Professor of Business, began an extensive data analysis project with Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA).
According to DalleTezze , this endeavor began when TSIA’s Professional Services Vice President, Bo DiMuccio, spoke on campus to a group of business students in the spring of 2011. Mr. DiMuccio, who has written articles for Vision and Values, summarized some of TSIA’s insights and expressed interest in pursuing data analysis further. TSIA is the leading professional association of the technology services industry, according to the company’s website.
Last fall, DalleTezze with the help of students Christa Moore and Jamie LeSuer, began researching proprietary data sets in order to assess how services have shaped IT companies. According to DalleTezze, TSIA has observed a switch from a product approach within companies to a more customer service based IT approach. TSIA’s main question is: how have companies been impacted by this switch over the past decade? And while the research is not quite finished, there is preliminary evidence that the service switch has been very profitable for many companies.
“The project has required a lot of work – background reading on IT as well as relevant analytic models, data collection from over 1000 financial reports, and data cleansing of one of the most volatile decades in the IT industry,” DalleTezze said. “Our students are getting an inside look at the current issues faced by companies and exposure to how to answer these questions rigorously with analysis.”
DalleTezze said that they expect the research to conclude at the end of the spring semester and plans to present their work at a professional conference in the fall.
Grove City College Provides Foundation for Business WorldGrove City College has made lasting impressions on alumni that go far beyond the classroom.
Calvin Wijnhamer, a graduate of ’10 with a major in Business Management and a minor in Religion, said that the College did an excellent job in preparing him for his career. A Licensed Personal Banker at JP Morgan Chase, Wijnhamer works both for Chase retail banking as well as Chase Investment Services Corp, working face-to-face with clients assisting them with their accounts, conveniences, credit cards, investments, and loans.
According to Wijnhamer, one of the most valuable lessons he learned while at the College is developing a strong work ethic.
“Grove City College’s rigorous academics prepare you to be disciplined in your approach to work,” Wijnhamer said. “I have found time and time again the success I gained by working hard in the classroom translates to your everyday work life.”
Wijnhamer said that the College instilled in him a faith-based foundation even more valuable than the tests taken, grades given, and papers written.
“I also learned at my time at Grove City College that without a firm foundation in our faith in Jesus Christ, school, work, and everything else is meaningless,” Wijnhamer said. “I am so thankful for my many professors at Grove City College and think so fondly of the conversations inside and outside of class that taught me to keep Christ at the center which has prepared me for a career with one of the largest, most successful corporations in the world.”
Like Wijnhamer, alumni Daniel Croce has been able to apply valuable skills that he acquired at the College and applied them to his career.
Croce, a graduate of ’08 with a major in International Business and concentrations in French and Finance, currently works at Birchmere Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in up-and- coming or start-up companies. He maintains the position of controller which is a finance-based position that includes an array of tasks such as overseeing back office operations, communicating with investors, and overseeing accounting for the company.
Along with learning the fundamentals of business and finance, Croce also developed his interpersonal skills through campus activities such as Orientation Board, playing the piano for the campus ministry Warriors for Christ, and being a Resident Assistant.
At Grove City, he found himself “interacting with a lot of different people,” Croce said. This helped him “develop a strong ability to connect with and understand people.”
While a student, Croce also worked on business plans for people in Africa which, in turn, opened his eyes to the fact that business needs to be a fluid process. “The number one skill that I took away from Grove City College was how to connect with people from different backgrounds and to be able to put myself in their shoes,” Croce said. “So much of the business world is relating and connecting to other people.”
Rosetta + Grove City CollegeRosetta, an interactive marketing agency headquartered in Princeton, NJ, specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), online paid search, analytics and optimization for websites, creating creative customer web experiences, and designing e-commerce sites for their clients. Advertising Age recently named Rosetta the “Top Agency to Watch” in 2011.
Grove City College enjoys a unique relationship with Rosetta, which has numerous GC alumni in recent years. Julie Fratus, one of Rosetta’s College Recruiters, states that “Grove City is very important to us [Rosetta]. The students are different from the other places we recruit”- Carnegie, Columbia, and Princeton to name a few. She described how the strong work ethic and the ability Grove City students have to pick things up quickly and learn in a collaborative group is a rare and valuable asset that is not easily found. According to Julie, the quality of work and character that Rosetta receives from Grove City students has set the bar for finding other recruits at Rosetta. In addition to hiring Grove City students, Rosetta has also provided many summer internships opportunities as well.
Benjamin “B.J.” Bellamy (‘12) interned with Rosetta this past summer. As a Junior Associate, B.J. was responsible for clerical efforts, like weekly reporting, as well as technical tasks, such as SEO. After learning the basics of content syndication and direct link requests, B.J. was able to put these tactics into practice and gain some very useful experience. He states, “These jobs gave me experience with real-world tasks and strategies in the context of a professional consulting agency, something I would not have received in the other internships I considered.”
The recruiters at Rosetta appreciate Grove City because of its quality students and graduates, and the GC alumni who work at Rosetta appreciate Grove City because of how it prepared them for their careers. Jenette Manning (‘07), a Senior Associate at Rosetta, is grateful for how Grove City taught her to be strong in her Christian faith and hold true to her principles in the business world. She states that “GCC has provided me with a solid foundation, which is crucial in this industry.” Similarly, Jayna Grassel (‘11), Search & Media Associate, passionately expresses gratitude toward Grove City and how it has prepared her. She relates how the work ethic and ability to communicate within a team environment, developed through many class projects in her time at GCC, have proven to be a huge benefit to her in her current position, helping to set Jayna up for a successful career.
The unique relationship between Grove City College and Rosetta is mutually beneficial and one that both parties hope will continue to thrive moving forward.
Alumni & Nuclear SubmarinesAlum Noah Ketterman gives credit to the College for providing him with a strong foundation that he has carried into his career. A graduate of ‘08 with a degree in Marketing, Ketterman is now lead recruiter in the Human Resources department at Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Bechtel is a contractor for the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. They are a project engineering organization responsible for providing design, manufacturing, and procurement management for the fabrication, testing, delivery, installation, and field support of high quality nuclear power plant components for installation in submarines and aircraft carriers.
Ketterman said that the College prepared him well for his position. “I have used aspects of all of my undergraduate courses while doing the work I have been doing at my company,” Ketterman said. “Additionally, Grove City College prepared me well for graduate school which, quite honestly, was much easier than coursework at GCC.” He added that the College provided a well-rounded, solid base that not only prepared him professionally but spiritually as well.
“I needed to understand what it meant to weave faith into every aspect of my life,” Ketterman said. “Without that education, both scholastically and spiritually, I would likely be fumbling my way through life without a real direction.”
Ketterman is not alone in his feelings since leaving the College.
Jordan Benis, a 2010 graduate from the College with a degree in Business Economics and Finance is another one of the numerous Grove City alumni that work at Bechtel. Benis is a contract specialist responsible for managing the contracts for nuclear equipment to be used on Navy vessels. He spends a lot of time interfacing with personnel from other companies and providing oversight to ensure that all contractual provisions are observed.
Benis said that the College provided him with a wealth of business knowledge and prepared him for his career in many different ways. “GCC has weaved a moral Christian perspective into its entire curriculum which has prepared me to face challenging moral dilemmas,” Benis said. “I feel this preparation not only makes me a more ethical business-person, but it also has allowed me to build a better rapport with those I work with.”
The College has also prepared Benis for his job in the workforce through forcing him to learn a large amount of information in a short amount of time. “Being able to learn new information and systems in a quick and efficient manner is an invaluable skill in business, considering that most of the knowledge necessary to perform many positions is learned on the job,” Benis said.
Being a transfer student to the College Benis said he was able to appreciate the unique learning atmosphere that the College offers. According to Benis, the unique Christian atmosphere distinguishes the College from many other colleges and universities and provides graduates with a strong when entering the job market.
“The high level of engagement and interaction with students, faculty, administration, and alumni while at GCC prepared me to tackle a number of challenges that I have encountered in the workplace,” Benis said. “The most important lesson I learned while at GCC is that although we all operate in competitive environments, we must always view both our position and our day-to-day work in its proper context.”
Sammi Soriano (’10) Makes Way in a Human Resource CareerFrom looking for a job herself to now recruiting other employees, Sammi Soriano has quickly moved up in the workforce since graduating from Grove City College in May 2010. Sammi is the sole recruiter for manufacturing company Spang & Company. She is responsible for coordinating the hiring process not only in the company’s Pennsylvania and Ohio sites, but in China as well. Sammi’s duties include determining the company’s hiring needs, advertising available positions, conducting initial interviews with candidates, negotiating offers, and much more. She also oversees campus recruiting, attending Career Fairs to recruit graduating electrical engineers or interns for various departments in the company.
Sammi majored in Business Management at Grove City. In addition to her major requirements, she also selected a mix of communication and psychology courses. Sammi explains how “this was a great blend to expose me to the many aspects of HR,” helping prepare her to answer her calling in Human Resources. She encourages those students who also feel called to a career in HR career to join organizations like SHRM (the Society of Human Resources Management) to learn about educational opportunities and what is up-and-coming in the industry, or the PHRA (Pittsburgh Human Resources Association) to develop networking opportunities.
When asked what she thinks of Grove City College and how it has prepared her for her career, Sammi responded that she is “very proud to be a Grove City alumna,” and that she felt ready to take on her leading role in the HR department. She hears “time and time again from co-workers, other recruiters and other businesses,” that Grove City students are “heads-and-shoulders” above many other candidates they encounter. “Grove City does an excellent job of preparing graduates in not only their line of study, but [also in] how to manage projects, work diligently, present themselves professionally, and give general respect to others,” says Sammi. She loves Grove City and the career field it has led her to, and would be happy to others who are interested in a Human Resource career.
Alumni Brings Christian Foundation to WorkplaceSarah Rutt, a 2007 graduate, is Senior Financial Analyst at Hope International; a Christian nonprofit organization focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development. Her job entails managing monthly reporting, financial performance, quarterly reforecasting for the organization, and organizing the budget.
Rutt recognizes her unique situation to be presented with such great opportunities. “I’ve been really blessed and have had an amazing experience,” Rutt said. “I’ve worked through neat organizational growth and change, learning a wide range of things.”
Despite the fact that Rutt is busy with her work career, she does not forget the lasting impact that the College has had on her both spiritually and professionally. “[Grove City College] taught me that it’s really important to integrate Christianity into all areas of life and understand finance as a Christian,” Rutt said.
According to Rutt the strong Christian foundation that the College provided is what stays with her the most today. Rutt said that she specifically remembers her freshman year during one of the first weeks of school a professor opened up in prayer which has had a lasting impression on her. “I really love the friendships that I developed there and being able to live so close to other Christians,” Rutt said.
As a student, Rutt immersed herself in various activities. Some of them included being a member of the Accounting club, Sign Language club, Crown and Scepter, and also being an RA in the apartments.
In addition to extra-curricular activities Rutt completed an independent study with Dr. Mech. Rutt said that Dr. Mech was the one who introduced her to micro-finance which in turn was a career push and a key part to her development. When looking back at her years at the College Rutt realizes how her Christian education helped her develop a Christian worldview.
“[Grove City College] helped me to develop my faith into everything I do,” Rutt said. “I have learned what it means to be a Christian [in the work world] and how to respond to the needs of the world,” Rutt said.
GCC Team Wins Armstrong ChallengeGrove City students Daniel Moyer, Anne Hines, Rebecca Grafton, Sarah Elliott and Valerie Quatrini teamed up this semester for the 2011 Armstrong College Challenge. Armstrong provides television, internet and phone service in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky. Participants in the Challenge were charged with offering strategic suggestions for how Armstrong can remain a leader in a very dynamic industry, especially in light of more people viewing content online.
The Grove City team conducted research by surveying the entire senior class, looking at relevant news articles and surveys, and performing a trend analysis in the cable industry. The team made some recommendations regarding Armstrong’s existing service packages. The team also stressed the use of social media, offering suggestions to help Armstrong improve their presence on the Internet.
Following a 20-minute presentation to and 40-minute Q & A session with Armstrong’s marketing executives at their corporate headquarters; the Grove City team was announced as the winner of the competition. The judges noted the team’s extensive research and multimedia presentation as being particularly effective.
Sarah Elliot, a senior accounting major, enjoyed participating in the challenge. “It was great working with everyone and we enjoyed being a team for this whole semester and presenting our findings to Armstrong.” The team won $2000 and the College received $1500 for scholarships for future students. Valerie Quatrini, a senior marketing management major, said the challenge was “a wonderful experience and a great way for us to apply professional skills that we have learned in our courses throughout our college career.”
Marketing Team takes GCC to PNC ParkOne of the primary goals of a college education is to give students the experience and knowledge they need to have success in the real world. Some Grove City College students didn’t have to wait until they graduated, however, to dive into a real life marketing campaign. A team from Dr. Scott Powell’s Retail Management class partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to develop and promote GCC Night at PNC Park.
Catherine Cabrera was instrumental in the promotional segment of the project and worked directly with the Pirates organization. When planning such a large event, it is difficult to put all the pieces together. The biggest obstacle was the time factor. According to Catherine, the team “ had a lot of great ideas for how to promote the event” but a tight timeline.
In addition to time constraints, the week before the event provided a unique challenge. “We definitely had a major crunch time the week the ticket sales was due,” mentioned Cabrera. When looking toward future advertising and promotional endeavors, Catherine mentioned that when it gets desperate, toughing it out is what you have to do. “We all had to do a lot of personal selling,” Cabrera remarked.
The event was a great success. “We went above and beyond our ticket sales goal and finished with over 290,” Cabrera said. Prior to the game, members of the team had their picture taken on the field at PNC Park…and one team member got to be a “base changer.” Overall, it was a fun learning experience.
Erica Heerschap ('08) Applies Business Lessons in PeruPeace Corps volunteer and Grove City graduate Erica Heerschap (’08) recently returned from Humacchuco, Peru where she spent the last two years working with the local Quechua-speaking indigenous people. The small town borders the Huascaran National Park, and is developing in the area of tourism.
While in Peru, Erica’s work focused on teaching. She taught English, promoted healthy habits, counseled local tourism associations on good business practices, taught social studies to young children, and provided education about environmental concerns. One of her most poignant accomplishments was being told by a father that “he wanted his daughter to grow up just like me.” Erica’s other accomplishments include teaching people how to bake cakes, getting children to wash their hands and brush their teeth, and helping a tourism association develop a business plan.
According to Erica, “almost all the classes I took during my time at GCC have proved a useful source of knowledge applied somewhere”, though she found Dr. Powell’s marketing class very helpful in her work with local business, and Dr. Christie’s negotiations class prepared her for bargaining. Despite some language barriers and cultural adjustments, Erica was able to build solid relationships with the local people. Her most rewarding accomplishment was that “after two years, the village considered me one of their own.”
Former IB Major Kelly Chaney Makes Cakes for PupsFor Kelly Chaney, working for a large company never held much of an appeal. Instead, she decided to go out and start her own business. She now owns and runs her own puppy cake mix company.
Chaney’s “light bulb moment” for the business came when she was working for a sales and marketing firm. One of her clients made cake mix for people, and Kelly thought “wouldn’t it be great if they made that for dogs?”
Kelly immediately went about developing her product, acquiring the necessary business licenses, and letting the public know about her unique product. Nothing was easy, however. She faced many obstacles and hard times. “Getting ahold of boxes and a website were probably the biggest obstacles…both were a large financial investment,” Chaney said.
After the initial costs and set up fees, Kelly began to see some success. She started with one product flavor, and has now added another flavor: peanut butter.
This success hasn’t been easy, but it has been affirming. “In small ways, I see success with repeat orders and loyal customers…in bigger ways, I see the increase in my sales and accounts,” Chaney said.
Kelly believes that a lot of skills that made her successful at GCC have translated pretty well to the business world. “My education was my business then, and I ran it how I saw fit…I had to be determined, disciplined, competitive and autonomous,” remarked Chaney.
For many, starting your own business by going out on a huge entrepreneurial limb may not be the way you want to go, but for Chaney, it has been a pretty gig. “Being an entrepreneur was a more natural fit than working “for the man,” Kelly said.
Student's Presentation Recieves Unexpected VisitorOne student presents a brief update on his group's international marketing project. Another student chases around the Pittsburgh Parrot for Grove City College night at PNC park, a marketing project for another class. Just another day in the Grove City College business department? The student presenter did get the free t-shirt, as well as the day's loudest applause.
Jeff Vasapolli Gains Real Life Experience with Inspect TechCollege is a place where one can learn a great deal of things on a myriad of topics. However, how often do students get to work with real companies doing real marketing research that will affect the company’s future marketing decisions?
Meet Dr. DalleTezze and his international marketing class. His students are currently working with Inspect Tech, a company that specializes in complete inspection and management software, in deciding where they should expand their product internationally.
One of the students, junior Jeff Vasapolli, is currently working with a team that is researching the possibility of Inspect Tech entering Asia. He states that “Working on a live project with Inspect Tech gave me a snapshot of what is to be expected as a company attempts to expand internationally.”
Jeff believes that the skills he has gained from Grove City College’s business department have been extremely valuable. “I was able to apply a wide range of marketing research techniques on this project; GCC has helped me a great deal,” Vasapolli said.
At the end of the project, Vasapolli and his classmates will be able to give Inspect Tech a comprehensive and professional look at a possible expansion into the Asian market.
While the result of this project will only be a letter grade, Jeff realizes that the real world experience will help him a great deal in the future. He said that “having this experience will really serve me well in the future.”
Study Abroad from IrelandImagine leaving your home to spend a year at a foreign college. Robbie Creighton, a student from Queens University of Belfast, Ireland, will soon be finishing his year of studying business at Grove City. He is studying here through a program run by the British Consul that gives Irish students a chance to study business in America.
Robbie’s time at Grove City has been filled with rich learning opportunities. Learning to deal with a different culture has been one of those experiences, which he says is “probably one of the most practical things I’ll learn and take back.” His favorite classes have been with Dr. Powell and Dr. Ketler, learning about different perspectives on marketing and management. He has learned about the importance of teams in a business, and how to manage these teams well. Marketing classes have made him into a more educated consumer, as well as teaching him the importance of being the first into a market, as opposed to being better.
After this semester, Robbie looks forward to returning home to finish a degree in law, seeing his family again, and being with people of the same culture. Looking back, he is very happy he came here, saying that he appreciated the academics, but the people had the greatest impact. “If someone asked me about Grove City and what it was I enjoyed most, it’s the people here.” If he had the choice to do it again, “I would still come to Grove City.”
The Spider Web: Dr. Biddle’s Dissertation DiscoveryIf you had approached Wayne Biddle, director of human resources and business operations for Grove City College, in the fall of 2005 and talked to him about completing his doctorate, he would have told you he had very little idea what was involved in a doctorate program and even less about the dissertation process. “Dr. Powell talked me into starting my doctoral studies with him in a moment of weakness,” remarked Biddle, “but I’m glad he did.” Over the next 4 years, Biddle would embark on a rather difficult journey; the most difficult part, however, wasn’t the class work. “I missed my wife and family; during the first semester I considered dropping out,” Biddle said.
Yet Wayne is now Dr. Biddle, as he successfully defended his dissertation in August 2010 on faculty member’s intent to stay. One of the independent variables was job embeddedness. So what exactly is “job embeddedness?” This construct is an aggregate measure of various connections (both internal and external) that may lead to employee retention. As the person responsible for many of the decisions pertaining to GCC employees, Dr. Biddle was greatly interested in learning about this concept.
Biddle stuck with it, and now has much to be proud of, including his understanding of embeddedness and its similarities to a “spider web.” “An employee is like a spider, who, through various activities and involvement in the community and workplace, strengthens or weakens the connections in his personal web; the stronger the connections become, the more entrenched and embedded he becomes in the organization,” explained Biddle.
Dr. Biddle, with his better understanding of job embeddedness and experience with GCC employees sees the value of developing a strong “web” or sense of College family. “That has been one of my primary objectives for 23 years,” Biddle remarked.
Experience LeadershipDr. Hinton’s leadership class takes hands-on learning to another level.
Students are learning just how important good leadership is through Dr. Hinton’s Leadership course. The material ranges from local to nationally known leaders, and from textbook to popular writing.
Dr. Hinton’s students study the theories of leadership from a textbook, Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, while discussing practical applications found in John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Three laws from John Maxwell are discussed each week, giving students the opportunity to learn from Dr. Hinton and from each other.
In class, students take an active role in the learning process by suggesting business leaders to research and discuss. Leaders who have been discussed so far include Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Teams of students will also have the opportunity to interview local leaders in Grove City and write a paper about what they have learned.
Dr. Hinton is “having a lot of fun with this class” because of what students are bringing to the classroom, including ideas like looking up video interviews of contemporary leaders.
One Lap at a Time: GCC Student Athlete Excels in Multiple ArenasSenior Christopher Marasco is a varsity swimmer and finance and communication double major at Grove City College. He balances a lifestyle that requires large time commitments to swimming as well as his studies—and he excels in both. “My parents instilled the value that whatever you do, do it as if you are doing it for the Lord…do it to the best of your ability,” said Chris.
Chris cites intense focus as the key to balancing such a challenging workload. He noted that “if I have scheduled study time…I am only concentrated on studying—I do not think of anything else; likewise with swimming.”
This method of work balance has paid off. Chris has been a member of the varsity captain advisory council, a committee that leads and unites captains of all varsity sports teams on GCC. He has also served as council president and has been a captain for the men’s varsity swimming team for 2 years.
On the academic side of things, Chris has seen success in the “Elevator Pitch” competition. He won the for-profit competition with his business idea DVD Kiosk Creations, which sets up DVD rental kiosks at Grove City and other colleges. Chris gives Grove City a lot of the credit for his success, stating that “the course work has enabled me to foster creative thinking.”
Through all of this successes, Chris still has remained refreshingly humble. He stats that, “whatever the activity may be, I serve an audience of one—if I please Him everything else seems to take care of itself.”
Business and Theater?Students from diverse majors and backgrounds are preparing for the spring theatrical production, “The Brothers Karamazov.” Kaitlynn Hammes, a sophomore Business Management major, is serving as the production’s assistant stage manager. This is not her first production – she was involved in local community theater during high school, and was assistant sound chief for the fall musical, “Carnival.”
Kaitlynn selected her major because she knew God was calling her to the business world. So far she loves her classes, citing her favorites as Principles of Marketing with Dr. Powell and Principles of Management with Dr. Hinton. Ideally, Kaitlynn plans to use her business major and theater minor to work in the theater industry – no surprise, considering her involvement in Grove City’s productions.
According to Kaitlynn, getting involved with theater is “definitely do-able” for a business major. She points out that it depends on what you do and how involved you are with the productions. “There is so much to do, it’s really easy to get involved.” Not every position requires a huge investment of time. For those positions that have greater time commitments in the evening, Kaitlynn suggests scheduling blocks of time during the day for studying. If you are thinking about becoming involved in theater, she adds: “I would definitely say ‘go for it.’”
Golf, Basketball, and International Business?What do golf and basketball have in common with international business? Megan Gibson. A senior with French and marketing concentrations, Megan is constantly balancing schoolwork and sports. She has been a member of the basketball team since she first came to Grove City, and joined the golf team this year. Not surprisingly, she aspires to a career in sports marketing.
Megan chose international business as her major because “I really like discovering people from new cultures and learning about how they grew up.” She also believes that it is a good major for business students because globalization is becoming a major theme in today’s business world.
Basketball and golf provide an outlet where Megan can free her mind from schoolwork. “When you go to practice, you don’t think about schoolwork for that solid two hours.” However, it also takes good time management to balance sports and academics. Megan’s typical routine involves classes during the day, followed by practice, then homework in the evening.
Because time management is such a huge aspect of the working world, Megan believes that her experience with having to balance sports and school has given her “a competitive edge over other people who never played sports.”
GCC Alum Finds Success with Public Relations FirmIf working in public relations with brands such as Callaway Golf, ESPN and [yellow tail] wines sounds intriguing, then welcome to the world of Jen Mercer (Jen Wiley ’09).
Jen works for Catalyst Public Relations, a firm that specializes in sports and lifestyle brands. In her position as an account coordinator, a few of her day-to-day activities include writing press releases and developing relationships between brands, media, and consumers.
“In my position, we form partnerships with companies, pitch their stories to all kinds of media, host events, and get the word out about a company’s developments and new products,” said Jen.
Jen believes that her GCC education played a central role in helping her obtain her position and be successful in it. “I have a unique perspective because I came with a holistic approach to business.” Jen continued, “Grove City College helped me understand how all the elements of business work together, and through that knowledge I’ve been able to implement them in my current job,” said Jen.
“The hardest part about my job is working with different personalities; you have to learn how to deal with people accordingly; also, it’s a fast-paced work environment and you have lots of things thrown at you,” Jen mentioned.
When asked about an important tip to leave to other students, Jen mentioned that networking is crucial. “Be sure to talk to people and get your name out; after making contacts, be sure to keep in touch,” Mercer said. “In order to be successful in my field, you also have to learn to manage time well.”
If you are looking for advice in joining the public relations industry, you can contact Jen at email@example.com.
Finding Balance at Grove City College: Allison WhiteMany students at Grove City College participate in varsity sports. Senior Allison White is one of those students. Allison has played on the women’s water polo team for four years.
A business management major, Allison loves the structure the business world offers. Her favorite class was International Business with Dr. Markley. “I loved it because I learned so many interesting things about different cultures as well as important laws and rules to do business overseas. It was a great class!”
Allison began playing water polo with her freshman roommate in their first year. She had been on the swim team in high school, and thought water polo might be an interesting change where she could still use her strong swimming skills. Though playing any sport has its challenges, Allison has found that the greatest rewards come from having a team of players to grow with. She will tell you that “playing a sport was definitely instrumental in my time here.”
With two hours of practice every day and games on weekends, Allison says, “it can be difficult, but I haven’t found it to be too big of an issue just because, in reality, that’s a 2-hour study break that makes you all the more productive.” She’s noticed that the less free time she has, the more productive she is with that time. Activities like water polo aid her in being a good steward of her time.
Allison’s encouragement to other students is to get involved with something. “The key is just involving yourself with something that you can become part of and be passionate about, and use your gifts that you’ve been given.” Through the business and sports programs, Allison has found her niche, and a place to use her gifts for the glory of God.
Paradox (pair of docs) at Heinz FieldDrs. Powell and Biddle, who recently completed their DBA programs together, are not just academic peers...they are also good friends and proud members of “Steelers Nation.” They both took their families to see an NFL game in Pittsburgh on November 14. The evening was bittersweet. The Patriots defeated the Steelers, but the Powell and Biddle families had a great time anyway.
While Grove City offers the benefits of a small town community, it is also close enough to Pittsburgh to allow students and faculty to enjoy many other fun opportunities...like football at Heinz Field!
MacKenzie Campus and Community Award WinnerJonathan Wagner, a senior international business major and religion minor, was recently awarded the Florence E. MacKenzie Campus and Community Award for his involvement in the Grove City community. The award seeks to “publically recognize individuals who personally strengthen town-gown relationships.”
Jon is passionate about getting students involved in the community, and he believes that their investment is a good one. He helps lead WyldLife (a middle school ministry of Young Life) and also serves as chaplain and social chair for the Alpha Omega housing group.
“Grove City provides a wonderful atmosphere for having significant conversations of eternal value, and these conversations need to continue on and off campus as we seek to further cultivate the relationship between the community and the college,” Jon remarked.
He continued, “We need to be excellent in academics as well as outside that realm; academic excellence is a way to worship and glorify the Lord, but we need to seek to find a healthy balance with community participation as well.”
“I’m here for academic reasons, but I’m also here for eternal reasons.”
GCC American Marketing Association: Learn, Network, and PracticeIf your interest lies in the field of marketing, you might want to check out the American Marketing Association. In concert with Pittsburgh’s local chapter, and the larger national organization, Grove City’s AMA chapter is able to offer many opportunities to its members.
Leah Vough (pictured to the side), president of Grove City’s chapter, seeks to provide members with an enriching experience. “Our three goals are to learn, network, and practice, so we’re trying to incorporate all those initiatives in whatever we do.” Typically these goal-oriented activities include webinars, events with the Pittsburgh chapter, and visiting area businesses. This year, Grove City’s AMA is seeking to partner with clubs on campus and local business to do advertising with them, fulfilling the networking and practicing goals. The GCC chapter is also scheduled to spend a day at a successful, local advertising agency to gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to work in the industry.
The Grove City AMA extends open arms to interested students of all majors. Membership dues are $65. If you have an interest in becoming a part of this organization, please contact Leah Vough at firstname.lastname@example.org
Content Marketing 101: Jim MonteleoneJim Monteleone, the founder and president of Leadsource.com, recently visited campus and spoke in several business classes. Leadsource specializes in driving traffic (visitors) to its clients’ sites via in-bound or content marketing.
Mr. Monteleone explained the difference between generating leads by drawing prospects in with relevant content versus pushing ads out at them. By developing focused content, a company improves its ability to reach and activate its target market. For example, a travel website could generate and post articles or videos that provide helpful information to travelers, such as tips on flying or becoming acclimated to other cultures. This type of “content” tends to have a long “shelf life” and is more likely to be passed virally among peers.
Making your site visible and “optimized” for search engines is also very important, as online success depends upon visibility. You can have the best website and product in the world, but if people can’t find you when they search, all your time and effort goes to waste.
Overall, Grove City College students enjoyed the opportunity to gain insight from Mr. Monteleone’s years of experience.
GCC Management Association: Getting the "Outside Perspective"
If you’re looking for an excuse to network, take a look at the GCC Management Association. The goal of this campus organization is to provide students with opportunities to connect with professional leaders.
The Financial Management Association provides unique opportunities to students.
Grove City’s Financial Management Association (FMA) is an on-campus organization committed to providing students with opportunities to learn more about the world of finance. Each semester averages five events in which members are strongly encouraged to participate. A typical year’s events include field trips to financial organizations, opportunities to shadow professionals, and visits from alumni who have experience in the field. This year’s members may look forward to visiting Federated Investors in Pittsburgh, and listening to speakers such as Matt Karr from Hedgeye, an investment research company, who will be visiting on October 15th.
Student's West African Adventure
When business students are looking for a summer internship, most...
... start with a family or friend connection and look for a position close to home. But Dave Knox
(standing on the left in picture) is not your typical business student, and Africa is far from his home.
Business Professor's Milestone
Professor Scott Powell recently completed all...
... requirements of the Doctor of Business Administration program at Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. Following three years of coursework, qualifying (comprehensive) exams, and defense of his dissertation, Powell received his D.B.A. degree at Commencement exercises on May 7.
GCC Students Compete in Marketing Competition
“A team of students from Dr. Powell’s Retail Management class...
...recently participated in the Armstrong Challenge. Grove City College was one of three colleges and universities invited to help Armstrong (a locally-based corporation that provides television, telephone and internet service to approximately 250,000 residential and business customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky) better understand the next generation of customers, presently aged 15-22. The Grove City team presented their research to Armstrong executives and fielded questions from them. Armstrong commended the Grove City students on their informative and insightful presentation.”
Professor and Avid Goat Judger
Dr. Christen Adels is the newest business department professor...
...and joined Grove City College in fall of 2008. She is a professor of law and finance with an impressive educational background. A double major at Geneva College in business and political science, she soon went on to receive both her Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Adels is also a licensed CPA and licensed attorney. Dr. Adels likes to keep an active life outside of the classroom... to learn more about Dr. Adels' interesting hobbies, click here.
Dr. Jeremy DalleTezze and economics student Melissa Pattison...
...recently presented their joint research paper entitled “Managing for Financial Crises: What Business Can Learn from Non-Profit Organizations” at the 10th Annual International Business Research Conference on February 13, 2010, at the University of North Florida. The theme of the conference was how to restart the global economy after the financial crisis. Dr. DalleTezze said the conference was very international... to hear more about their experience, click here.
International Student Profile
When Hiromi Kubota first came to Grove City College...
...she admits that she could not understand English very
well. She said one of the hardest things to learn were English’s ‘casual
expressions’. After three years, Hiromi now speaks excellent English and
understands many English idioms.