Brock School of Business Newsletter
Fall 2011

Message from Dean Howard Finch: 

It has been an eventful and exciting first semester for me to serve as your dean. During my first 90 days, I traveled to meet with each member of the Brock School Advisory Board and met individually with each member of the faculty. The purpose of these meetings was simply to introduce myself, learn about each person's history and passion for the Brock School, and share ideas for productive growth and educational opportunities. This proved to be fruitful time spent, and I am thankful for all who allowed me the opportunity to meet and share. The support for our school was most heartening.


Opportunities abound for integration into the Birmingham business community. I joined the Rotary Club of Birmingham, the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham, and taught a class in financial literacy to ninth graders at the Hoover High School Academy of Finance. Each of these opportunites have allowed me to take an active role in the community while serving as an ambassador for the school.  


I am enthusiastic about the future of the Brock School! With high quality faculty members delivering business educational programs that combine real world knowledge and current events within a solid theoretical framework, we are preparing our students for professional success. We are a resource and an asset to the regional business community, and we continue our mission of developing the next generation of business leaders imbued by our Christian commitment.


Thank you for your support of our students and programs. It is an honor to lead your Brock School of Business. Please accept my best wishes for a merry Christmas and happy holiday season to you and your families,





Brock Celebrates the Rite of Passage Inaugural Event Sept. 30
Advisory Board Members Offer Career Advice
US Executive Director of The World Bank Group Makes First Visit to Alabama and Samford
Beta Alpha Psi Pie Your Professor Fundraiser
Brock School of Business Faculty Honors, Awards and Recognition
Brock School of Business Students Selected As Finalists for Case Competition
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Brock Celebrates Inaugural Rite of Passage Ceremony on Sept. 30
Students sign the Brock School of Business Rite of Passage Ledger

The Brock School of Business began a new tradition this fall, recognizing students who successfully completed the pre-business curriculum and met the requirements to be admitted to the Brock School. One hundred and eighty-eight students were inducted into the Brock School of Business during its first Rite of Passage Ceremony held on Sept. 30 in Reid Chapel on Samford's campus.  

Dean Howard Finch recognized the students for their academic progress toward their degree and urged them to support the Mission of the Brock School of Business. Each student signed their name in the Rite of Passage ledger signifying the beginning of his or her journey as a Brock School of Business student.  Finally, each student received a gift to mark their achievement.

In recent years, the Brock School of Business has become known as a leader in business education and the Rite of Passage Ceremony puts the Business School at the forefront of developing future business leaders.  The Rite of Passage Ceremony will be an annual event that will formally admit students to the Brock School.  

View our videos on YouTube Watch Rite of Passage Video.      

Advisory Board Members Offer Career Advice to Seniors Oct. 27
Panelists L To R: Jamelle Shaw, Greg Powell, Bill Stevens, Alan Register, Gary Wyatt and Fred Kingren.
Moderator: Greg Taylor

This fall, a panel of members of the Brock School of Business Advisory Board met with a group of Brock seniors to hear their concerns about preparing for the job market and to offer advice about how to search for a job, how to interview for a job, what references to include and how to follow-up with a company after an interview. 


Additional activities with board member involvement are planned for spring term which will focus in interview skills and resume content. 

U.S. Executive Director of The World Bank Group Makes First Visit to Alabama and Samford University Nov. 4
Ian Solomon
L to R: Roger Bates, Hand Arendall, Jeanna Westmoreland, Samford University, Andrew Westmoreland, Samford University, Ian Solomon, World Bank, Howard Finch, Samford University, Hilda Lockhart, Alabama Development Office and Fred Kingren, Hand Arendall

The Brock School of Business and the Alabama Development Office hosted a series of events featuring Ian Solomon, U.S. Executive Director of The World Bank Group, during his first visit to Alabama. 


Solomon met with approximately 150 students at Samford University to discuss the five project goals the World Bank wants to accomplish worldwide.


The World Bank Group's focus is primarily on projects that involve improvements and enhancements to infrastructure, water sanitation, oil, gas, mining, health, primary education, agriculture and other rural development topics to help countries with innovations in these project areas.

After meeting with Samford students, Solomon met with Birmingham business leaders at a luncheon at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, where he  outlined the key elements and assistance the World Bank Group offers to business leaders who want to expand their businesses overseas.  The luncheon was part of the Brock International Business Speakers Series and was sponsored by Hand Arendall, LLC.  

Beta Alpha Psi Raises Money For Salvation Army's Angel Tree with Annual Pie Your Professor Fundraiser
Dr. Jennings Marshall takes a pie in the face for Beta Alpha Psi


Brock School of Business professors participated in the annual "Pie Your Professor" fundraiser held by the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi. Many Brock School professors were good sports and participated in the fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program which helps needy children at Christmas.  


In addition, the Board of Directors of the national Beta Alpha Psi recently announced that Samford's Brock School of Business Kappa Psi Chapter has received International recognition as a Superior Chapter. The chapter is under the faculty adviser and leadership of Professor Sharon Jackson.  In a letter to Dean Howard Finch, the organization's national President Mary Stone of the University of Alabama, noted that under Jackson's leadership the Brock School's chapter has far exceeded the minimum requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.  Read More.


Brock School of Business Faculty Honors, Awards and Recognition
Our outstanding faculty members continue to receive accolades for academic excellence and are regularly contacted for expertise on important issues affecting business and the economy.  Here are some examples from the fall semester 2011.

Professor Franz Lohrke, Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, was chosen as the 2011 Best Case Reviewer for Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (ET&P), a prestigious national journal, during the national Academy of Management conference in San Antonio, Texas.  He also directed the MBA team who is working on an economic development project for Sheffield, Ala.

Professor Bill Service's research paper, "Leadership and Innovation across Cultures: CIQ - Contextual Effectiveness as a Skill," was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2011 International Industrial Relations Human Resource Conference.

Assistant Professor Melissa Woodley was quoted in the national and local press for her expert analysis of the Jefferson County municipal bankruptcy.  In addition, Melissa Woodley's paper was selected out of 1300 submissions for inclusion in the FMA program.  Because of the high number of presentations, the FMA program committee designates special sessions for the top ten percent of conference papers. 730 papers were chosen and Melissa's paper was selected for inclusion in one of these sessions.  Other universities represented in top ten sessions included Vanderbilt, Penn State, Georgetown, NYU, Boston College, the University of Southern California and NC State.

Associate Professor Betsy Holloway was quoted in the national and local press for her expert analysis of retailing trends, including the building of gratitude by retailers with their customers. In addition, she led semester-long consulting projects with undergraduate students for the Birmingham News, the Literacy Council of Alabama, Express Oil Change and Service Centers and Samford University's Office of Communications and Marketing. 

Associate Professor Darin White was quoted extensively in various media outlets for his expertise on retailing and social media marketing. He also was appointed to the editorial review board of two leading journals in sports business.

Professor Franz Lohrke was quoted in articles on entrepreneurship and new business venturing.

Associate Dean Chad Carson was interviewed on the economic outlook for unemployment and the possibility of a double dip drop back into recession.

Professor Cynthia Lohrke was interviewed for several articles on personal financial management and cloud technology in contemporary management information systems.

Associate Professor Jeremy Thornton was interviewed for several articles and served as a panelist for discussion about Alabama's new Immigration Law.

Associate Professor Jeremy Thornton and Assistant Professor Sara Helms' research on Choosing to Give More: Experimental Evidence on Restricted Gifts and Charitable Behavior was accepted for publication in Applied Economics Letters; forthcoming.

Assistant Professor Sara Helms was quoted in national and local press on several economic topics.  She also is a member of the Association of Christian Economists.

Associate Professors Darin White and Betsy Holloway published a study examining cross-cultural e-commerce issues in the Journal of Business Research, one of the top journals in the marketing field.

Assistant Professor Barbara Cartledge's class World of Business was selected as a national finalist for the US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship award recognizing innovation in entrepreneurship teaching.

Adjunct Professor John Kottmeyer was quoted in the local press about banking and finance issues.

Professor Steven Jones is the faculty adviser for the Brock School's Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and the chapter was named a Premier Chapter in the Society for 2010-2011.

Brock School of Business Students Selected As Finalists for Case Competition
Two different case studies, one written by two M.B.A. students and another by an undergraduate student from Samford University's Brock School of Business, were recently selected as finalists for a national case writing competition sponsored by Baylor University. The competition is hosted by the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world focused on advancing entrepreneurship, and winners will be announced in January at its national conference in New Orleans. Read More