Faculty Notes

School of Accounting

C. Delano Gray, instructor, was elected vice chair of the Faculty Senate for the 2010-2012 academic years.

According to a study published in Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting (2010) Robert W. McGee, director, Center for Accounting, Auditing and Tax Studies (CAATS), ranked #1 in North America for the 23-year period 1986-2008 in terms of accounting ethics publications. The study only included North American scholars.

Department of Management and International Business

Jerry Haar, associate dean for international affairs and projects and professor, was named “Person of the Month” by WTDC, a supply chain management company that has served Latin America, the Caribbean and Central and South America for 30 years. He currently is working on a project with two teams of Master of International Business students that will assist Haitian small and medium sized enterprises. He also presented at an event hosted by the college and the Penn Club of Miami at which he discussed his book Can Latin America Compete? Confronting the Challenges of Globalization, co-authored with John Price. The presentation and discussion took place at Books & Books in Coral Gables and was co-sponsored by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida; United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Inter-American Chapter; Miami Finance Forum; and Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA). He was quoted in Mercado de Dinero, a Madrid-Miami business publication, in an article titled “Old companies choose South Florida,” about European companies investing in Miami. In addition, he was invited to join the academic board of advisors at Park Global School of Business Excellence, Coimbatore and Chennai, India. The board plays a consultative role on a variety of issues including the currency of the curriculum.

Andrew Yap (MBA ’97), lecturer and president of LEASA Industries Co., Inc., was the featured speaker at the Business Innovation Institute, presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. The lunch and learn series, “Secrets from Top South Florida CEOs,” presents award-winning South Florida CEOs who highlight their strategies for success and discuss the books/authors that most influenced them. In Yap’s case, that book was A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter; he spoke about the ways in which the book has inspired him to lead the company to an intensified level of competitiveness during times of severe economic uncertainty. The event was attended by professionals in the fields of manufacturing, distribution, banking, accounting, legal and consulting and concluded with a preview of the June 4, 2010, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Good to Great awards event at which LEASA is one of three finalists in the category of 51-249 employees.

Department of Finance and Real Estate

William Hardin, director of real estate programs, professor and Knight Ridder Center Research Professor, was honored with the American Real Estate Society’s (ARES) “Outstanding Service” award at an ARES meeting in Naples, FLA. The award, which recognizes service to the academic community and to ARES acknowledged Hardin’s leadership as a member of the board of directors, editorial board member, journal editor and director of publications. As director of publications, he was instrumental in the upgrading of the society’s journals and most importantly the movement of all journals to dedicated web sites administered by MetaPress. As a result, ARES journals are now fully key-word searchable and all digital files are available to the major academic search engines. ARES publishes six peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Real Estate Research, which is included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

Emmanuel N. Roussakis, director, MBA Downtown Program and Graduate Certificates in Banking has received a Fulbright award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He has been assigned to the faculty of finance, insurance, banking and stock exchanges at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania for the fall 2010. Romania is one of three countries, all in Eastern European, that invited scholars in banking. The non-profit Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) administers the program.

John Zdanowicz, professor and Florida International Bankers Association Chair, met with highly-placed Guatemalan government officials—including the president, vice president, a host of ministers, the president of Congress and many banking and tax officials—as part of a team of experts focused on financial crime issues. Zdanowicz discussed his research on trade-based money laundering during the four days of meetings, coordinated by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based organization that “promotes national and multilateral policies, safeguards and agreements aimed at curtailing the cross-border flow of illegal money.”

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