Delta Sigma Pi

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Vanessa Ramirez-Ortega (President) and Eric Nelson (Vice President) represented the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at the Fraternity’s annual LEAD Southern Provincial Conference this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. The Chapter received special recognition for its outstanding participation in Buck$ 4 Brotherhood, a national fundraiser for Delta Sigma Pi’s scholarship program. Delta Sigma Pi encourages every chapter to collect and donate as many can tabs as possible for every conference as their national community service. All can tabs are later given to Ronald McDonald House Charities which supports families with sick children. Epsilon Psi attained first place for being the chapter to collect the most can tabs, 39.6 lbs., defeating their closest competitor, the University of Central Florida (UCF), by 4 ounces. The chapter members are deeply grateful for the contributions made by the faculty and staff of the School of Business, Career Services, the Physician Assistant Studies program, as well as family and friends for helping Epsilon Psi collect thousands of tabs.  The chapter would greatly appreciate it if they continue to receive the wonderful support of all of you to make this victory a winning streak. Epsilon Psi is now collecting tabs for the fall semester and they can be dropped off at the School of Business in the Dean’s Suite (Buckman Hall 334).

Faculty Activities and Achievements

James Allen (Sport Management) In October of 2014 Dr. Allen brought a group of four Sport Management students (Addison Pond, Casey Goodwin, Amelia Gattuso, and Connor Knott) to a work shop/career fair in Nashville, TN. The event, Breaking into Sports, was hosted by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL) and featured executives from the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Indiana Pacers (NBA), Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Tennessee Titans (NFL), Georgia Tech Athletics, PGA Tour, among others.

During February and March of 2015, SMGT 410 students are participating in the Memphis Basketball, LLC Sports Marketing/Sales Project. This program is an official partnership between CBU Sport Management and the Memphis Grizzlies. A sales executive for the Grizzlies, Jonathan Jones, organized this project with Dr. Allen. CBU students are marketing and selling tickets to Memphis Grizzlies games; all orders are processed by Jonathan Jones. The student(s) with the highest sales figures will be guaranteed an interview with the Memphis Grizzlies for a full time sales position. This will provide our students with amazing work experience.

Dan Brandon (MIS/Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics) had the following presentations/publications: Teaching Data Mining Principles, presented at the Academic Business World Conference, Nashville TN, May 2014 {Best Paper Award}; Business Intelligence – Tutorial Workshop for 12th Annual Mid-South Consortium for the Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference, Lemoyne Owen University, Memphis, TN April, 2014. Professional Conferences: University of Memphis Cyber Security Summit – October, 2014; Bank Tech Annual Symposium – October 2014; Project Management Institute (PMI) Annual Professional Development Day – September 2014; Academic Business World Conference – May 2014; Annual Mid-South Consortium for the Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference, April 2014; Monthly Society of Information Management (SIM) Meetings.

Andrew Morgret (Accounting) recently attend a meeting of the Accounting Career Education Committee of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants of which he is a member. This is his second year to serve on this committee. Andrew Morgret, Associate Professor of Accounting, spoke to Dr. Lynne Kugele’s Personal Finance class at the Southaven Campus of the University of Mississippi on January 6, 2015. His topic was personal income tax.

Jenny Cowell (Marketing/Graduate Business) is teaching a Strategic Marketing graduate business course with 27 students working in small groups to develop a new business development idea. The project has them either creating a new innovative idea for fundraising or coming up with a new fundraising idea for a local nonprofit. Presentations will be held in “shark tank” fashion giving the students 15 minutes to present ideas in front of a panel of “investors”. This term’s panel is made up of: Kristy Johnson who is the Director of Planning and Business Development at Le Bonheur, Ron Harrison who is the Corporate Attorney at AutoZone and Board Member of Clean Memphis, Janet Boscarino who serves as the Director of Clean Memphis, Principal Joretha Lockhart with the Lakeland School System and several others. Nonprofit organizations that are being focused on this term include Leadership Memphis, St. Jude/ALSAC, DeNeuville Learning Center, Raleigh-Egypt Middle School, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and Clean Memphis. Cowell will also be teaching a graduate level capstone course from March through May in which the students will be working on a marketing plan for Leadership Memphis’ newest addition, Volunteer Memphis.

The CBU Cheer Squad was re-established in September of 2014 with 7 students: Kenzie Bergloff, Lakeila Kennedy, Dori Daniels, Cailey Mokry, Ashley Johnson, Jazzmyn Davenport, and Maddie Belou, with Jenny Cowell serving as the faculty advisor. In collaboration with Athletics and the SGA, the Cheer Squad planned and successfully put on the first basketball pep rally in more than 15 years! With the support of Student Life and Athletics, they will be expanding the cheer team to 12 for the 2015 season. Tryouts will be held after Spring Break.

In December, Cowell qualified for the Boston Marathon running a qualifying time of 3:41:24!

Bev Vitali (Management) Designed and delivered a one-day training program for 500 supervisors in Shelby County Government. The training was for 30 supervisors at a time, so the project spanned from April through November. She also designed and delivered a customized leadership development program for top talent at Brother Industries and, designed and delivered a customized leadership development program for property managers and VPs at Mid-America Apartment Communities. This program was presented at each of their six regional meetings (Dallas, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Memphis, Nashville, and Charlotte); Presented at Memphis Challenge’s Power Lunch Series, “Maintaining Mindfulness: How to Remain Engaged At Work”; Board Chair – Literacy Mid-South; Board Vice-Chair – Memphis Challenge; Tutor trainer – Literacy Mid-South; Sam Walton Fellow – Enactus CBU, where she worked with students on the following projects: (a) FLAME (Financial Literacy and Monetary Education) working with JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up) in which the students presented eight workshops to the JIFF youth on the topic of financial literacy. (b) GEMS (Growing Entrepreneurship in Memphis Students) conducted a 12 day camp over the summer for rising 9 and 10 graders focusing on writing business plans. This project continued into the fall and spring semesters. (c) Enactus students presented to both the Business Immersion Camp and the Accounting Camp held over the summer. (d) Working with Southwind High School’s Virtual Enterprise class as judges in a regional newsletter competition. Additionally, they are helping that same class develop a business plan for their customized shirt business. They Spoke to both the Business Immersion Camp and the Accounting Camp; at CBU she also developed two new classes for the CAPS program and served on the President’s Commission for Women, the Sophomore Experience Committee, the Board of Trustees Admissions Committee, CAPS Curriculum Committee, and the Technology Committee.

Father Paul Watkins (Marketing/Graduate Business) was featured in the book “Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success” by David B. Fledman and Lee Daniel Kravetz. The book focuses on “[…] those rare individuals who, in the aftermath of great tragedy and turmoil, reassess their priorities, redirect their focus, and accomplish extraordinary feats – they break records, win awards, and meet the seemingly unattainable goals they set for themselves.” The book is available online at and Father Watkins’ story begins on page 97.

Jennifer Weske (Accounting) received the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation in May 2014 and had an article accept into the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal. The article is “Share Price Changes and Price/Earnings Ratios as Predictors of Fraud Prior to a Fraud Announcement”. It will be in the April 2015 journal. Additionally, Weske presented at the following: Memphis Chapter of the AICPA: “Ethical Decision Making for CPAs”; “Forensic Auditing in the Corporate Environment” to the Institute of Internal Auditors in April 2014; “Forensic Accounting in the Corporate Environment” to the Memphis Chapter of the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) on May 17, 2014; Tennessee State Specific Ethics to the Memphis Chapter of the TSCPA on 8/16/2014; TN Specific Ethics to the Mid-South Chapter of the TSCPA on 10/16/2014; TN Specific Ethics to the Memphis Chapter of the IIA on 10/14/2014; From College To Corporate and Beyond to the MidSouth Chapter of the TSCPA on 11/6/2014; Forensic Analytics to the Memphis ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control) chapter; TN Specific Ethics on November 21 to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Annual Careers in Sports Networking Luncheon


The annual Careers in Sports Networking Luncheon was held on February 26. Students had the opportunity to meet and network with several industry professionals, including representatives from the Memphis Redbirds, Memphis Grizzlies, the Director of Sports Marketing with ALSAC, FedEx Forum, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and many others! The event was co-sponsored by Careers Services, the Department of Sports Management, and CBU Athletics.

SaveFirst Initiative

CBU has partnered with Impact Tennessee, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis to provide free tax preparation services for low-income working families in conjunction with SaveFirst and the Binghampton Development Corporation. SaveFirst trains college, graduate, and law students to provide free services and opportunities for savings to low-income, working families — especially targeting those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. CBU is also sponsoring a poverty course taught by Dr. Jennifer Weske that incorporates SaveFirst. CBU’s partnership in the SaveFirst tax preparation program was covered in two January 14 television news broadcasts — on WREG Channel 3 with a report entitled “Free tax preparation offered to low-income families” ( ) and on WMC-TV Channel 5 with a report entitled “Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families” ( ).

FBLA and DECA Regional Conferences @ CBU


The CBU School of Business hosted the regional FBLA and DECA conferences on January 29 – 30. This was the third year to host DECA and second to host FBLA. These conferences bring nearly 800 students to the CBU campus for two full days of using our facilities and interacting with student leaders from the School of Business. Professor Cayce Lawrence and Christina Brown (School of Business) worked with representatives Tanika Lester (FBLA) and Taura Turner (DECA) for months of planning to make this a successful and enjoyable event for all involved. The School of Business is especially grateful for all of the volunteers from Delta Sigma Pi who assisted with every aspect of both events. You can watch a clip of the events from WREG Channel 3 News online at


Business Immersion Camp for Rising Seniors in High School

Rising seniors in high school are invited to apply for this challenging and dynamic summer camp. The camp is an on-campus residency program designed to enable academically talented high school students to explore their interests in a business education and career. The participants engage in interactive workshops and activities that introduce the student to specific business disciplines and potential career paths. The participants also will visit local companies in and around Memphis and be guided through the inner workings of the industry. Learn more now at

NABA ACAP Camp for Rising Seniors in High School

The NABA ACAP is a program of the National Association of Black Accountants, designed to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting. ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program introduces students to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government. Students selected for ACAP receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, room, meals, books, supplies and transportation. Students also compete for college scholarships in a Group Case Study Competition. Learn more now at

Internship Placement

Majors in the School of Business have interned with the following employers over the last academic year:

First Tennessee Bank
Baker Doneslon
Memphis Open
Allen Summers Law Firm
CCL Marketing
Memphis Leadership Foundation
Save First – VITA Tax
Capital Financial Advisors
Geiko Insurance
Keenan Financial Services
Cannon, Wright Blount
Appraise Tennessee
Waddell & Reed
Shield, Inc.
Regional One Health
Simon Malls
Boy Scouts
CBU Intramural Sports
International Paper
CBU Communications
Dixon Hughes

For more information on internships at CBU, contact Amy Ware at

Connect With Us Online

Facebook: You can find us on Facebook at We often post internship opportunities, current news, and lots of photographs to this group. Group members are welcome and encouraged to post as well!

LinkedIn: You can find us on LinkedIn at This is a professional networking group for future students, current students, alums and friends of the School of Business at CBU. Join the LinkedIn group to catch up with your professional contacts, favorite professors, check out job openings or post your own, and more.

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Career Road Show – Fall Break Networking Trip

Apply now for this unique opportunity to network with alumni/professionals in Houston and New Orleans! During Fall Break, 45 students will be selected to participate in the Career Road Show, which will allow you to travel via bus with students, faculty and staff to both Houston and New Orleans. While in each city, you will be able to attend a company site visit, career panel, and networking reception. Food, travel and hotel accommodations will all be covered for the student rate of $100.00. The bus will leave CBU on Sunday, October 19, and return to CBU on Wednesday, October 22.

We anticipate that spots on the bus will go quickly so apply today! Sign in to your CareerLinX account at and reference position #3852 for full details and application procedures.