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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.