The Covid-19 virus has turned the college experience upside-down as students have been removed from dorms to stop the spread of the disease, and face-to-face classes have been moved to remote delivery. Potential first-year and transfer students are being encouraged to consider a ‘gap year’ and delay enrollment until the educational environment returns to ‘normal.’
Faculty are the life-blood of our educational mission -- getting students ready for business. They provide the leadership and direction for our future while balancing three significant responsibilities -- teaching, scholarship, and service. Our first three awards recognize faculty whom the leadership team believes perform at the highest levels in each of these distinct areas. They distinguish themselves in their excellence and commitment.
A few weekends ago, we spent a lot of long hours cleaning up a seven acre property. With that space, social distancing would not be a problem, so we hired three Panthers to help get it done. Fortunately, they all passed the Wilson Work Ethic test.
Embezzlement—“theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one’s trust or belonging to one’s employer (Google.com dictionary).”
Embezzlement is a friendly-sounding word, not harsh like “extortion.” Employers, however, have to guard against even trusted employees. The newspapers frequently report long-time employees, who embezzled money over a number of years. In many cases, the employee had overspent, sometimes out of a desire for fancy consumer items and sometimes out of desperation to cover unanticipated medical bills or car repairs.
A wise professor in graduate school once told me that the most relevant research questions come when you least expect them, and usually when you are talking with people about their everyday activities and concerns. He was known for always carrying a pen and notepad regardless of the social setting. While I carry a smartphone instead, his advice has served me well. For me, a casual conversation with a colleague has led to a new line of research involving beer. Tough gig, right?!
Let’s face reality: Few Americans are capable of handling a large financial windfall. Whether you sign a huge professional sports contract or win a Mega-Jackpot lottery, you may rue the day the windfall came your way and often leaves as suddenly.
Monday, December 9, 2019
Curris Business Building #109 John Deere Auditorium
China has become increasingly assertive in forcing companies wishing to do business in China to conform to Chinese governmental demands. What if U.S. companies stopped pandering to China?
“A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends…. When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers.”