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Two Events Provide an Insider View into the Art & Science of Marketing

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics is pleased to present two marketing presentations as part of the Lunchtime Lecture Series on October 26 and 27, 2020. Marketing Monday, October 26:  How do Advertising Agencies Present Themselves to Clients?  Join us on Monday for a unique view into ad agency operation with Scott [...]

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How can a student discover a career in the NFL?  Isaac Gittens ’14 can help

  On October 22, the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics welcomes Isaac Gittens ’14, Senior Program Coordinator at the National Football League (NFL) who will present “Building a Career in Sport.” Isaac will share his journey from Allegheny College to the NFL, using Twitter and showing up when unexpected. How can a [...]

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Stretching your Degree and Resisting Prescription: Defining your Path and Taking the Road Less Travelled

Denise Jones ’13  returned on Wednesday, October 14 to discuss her unique journey from Allegheny to the University of Michigan, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Health, Education, and Psychology. In her conversation, she addressed Her experiences as one of the only black female Economics students in the Department, and how she [...]

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Marketing Monday – John Paul Marcantonio ’01

On October 5, the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics welcomed John Paul Marcantonio ’01, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Gale Pacific Ltd. John Paul will share his Allegheny journey and how his company has adapted during the ongoing pandemic.   GALE Pacific Limited (GALE) is a trusted leading global marketer and [...]

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Allegheny Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2020

It’s quite the fusion of talents joining the ranks of Allegheny College’s faculty in the fall of 2020. From scholars in modern Arabic literature and French and Francophone studies to a former economic analyst for a global banking firm, Allegheny’s new faculty members bring unique backgrounds and qualities to the campus classrooms this academic year. Let’s meet each of them briefly:

Sami Alkyam Assistant Professor of Arabic

With Sami Alkyam, Allegheny is not only welcoming an assistant professor in the Department of World Cultures and Languages, but also a new director of Muslim student life.

Sami Alkyam

Alkyam holds a Ph.D. in Arabic language and literature as well as a doctoral minor in second language acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will teach Arabic [...]
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Allegheny Alumnus Fields Jackson, Jr. to Speak on Diversity in the World of Commerce

Allegheny College’s Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics (CBE) will welcome Fields Jackson, Jr. ’80, chief executive officer of Racing Toward Diversity magazine, to address students in an online forum at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Jackson will present his talk, “Making the Business Case for Diversity,” via Zoom.

Fields Jackson, Jr.

“This year, the Center for Business and Economics has a theme of ‘Seeking Justice in a Divided Nation,’ so inviting a speaker like Fields to discuss diversity in business makes sense,” said Assistant Professor of Economics Timothy Bianco, who is co-chair of the CBE. “Promoting diversity and inclusion in business and economics is among our highest priorities at the CBE. In inviting speakers like Fields to speak to [...]
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Allegheny Graduate Greg Merz Helps Track Down Coronavirus Therapies

Dr. Greg Merz is hot on the trail of a killer. He spends most of his workday watching proteins interact with one another, usually eavesdropping on this give-and-take on his computer screen with the help of a cryo-electron microscope.

Merz, a 2010 Allegheny College graduate, conducts his observations and research at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and the killer he’s trying to put under wraps is the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Greg Merz, a 2010 Allegheny graduate, conducts coronavirus research at the University of California at San Francisco.

Merz originally headed west after completing his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He wanted to get involved in research to develop therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. That was [...]
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Zingale Big Idea Competition Expands to Include Track for Area Residents Seeking Business Funding

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny College has introduced a new opportunity for area residents to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes by presenting their ideas for a business or nonprofit based in Crawford County.

The college’s Zingale Big Idea Competition will expand this year to include a track for non-student residents of Crawford County. This funding-request presentation contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular ABC and CNBC broadcast “Shark Tank.” As in prior years, the competition will also be open to Allegheny students and visiting college students. The competition is scheduled for April 24–25, 2020.

“When Allegheny President Hilary Link suggested that we expand the Zingale Big Idea Competition this year to include Crawford County [...]
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Allegheny Professor Helps Explore the Economics of Nutrition

Everyone thinks like an economist about food. They just don’t necessarily know it, says Amelia Finaret, assistant professor of global health studies at Allegheny College.

The economics of nutrition is not just about how much consumers spend on certain types of food, she adds. “It’s a lot broader than people think. It’s not only about finances, although that certainly is one aspect. It also involves how people make decisions about allocating scarce resources such as time, energy and land.

“The economics of nutrition combines nutrition science with the social science of nutrition — how people make tough decisions about what they’re going to eat and when and how it affects their bodies,” says Finaret.

In 2019, Finaret published an article, “Beyond Calories: The [...]
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Allegheny Students Compete at College’s Inaugural Financial Literacy Challenge

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny College hosted its inaugural Financial Literacy Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 7, with 16 teams of Allegheny students presenting personal financial budgets and investing plans. The winning teams, which together will receive $5,000 in prizes and trophies, were:

First Place (three-way tie) • Pass/Go, Collect 200 Dollars (Sharlyne Cabral, Nicolas Marrero, Rachael Hensel and Hailey Shull) • Just Throw it in the Bag (Daniella Clarke) • JLZ-Fund (Jerfenson Cerda Mejia, Liam Wilby and Zachary Zoll)

Second Place (tie) • Risky Business (Samantha Medaglia, Jacob Simmons, Bree Garcia and Ariana Villavicencio) • The Smart Savers (Kayla McCandless, Rebecca Montgomery and Kamryn Randall)

Third Place (tie) • Forward Thinking (Adam Cook and Devin Ho) • Sustainable Development Goals (Maura McCampbell)

The 2019 [...]
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Allegheny College to Host Inaugural Financial Literacy Challenge

Forty-six Allegheny College students will participate in the college’s inaugural Financial Literacy Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 7, presenting a personal financial budget and investing plan appropriate for a recent college graduate. The event, which will award $5,000 in trophies and prizes, is sponsored by the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics at Allegheny.

The students, representing 20 teams, will share their plans with a panel of six judges, each with extensive experience in the financial industry. The judges will evaluate the plans according to the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA®) criteria for excellence in financial planning and will offer feedback to students on how they can refine and improve their plans. The competition’s awards ceremony is open to the public and [...]
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Allegheny Marketing Professor Uses Football as a Teaching Metaphor

Gaia Rancati, an assistant professor of marketing and neuromarketing who hails from Italy, attended her first-ever American-style football game at Allegheny College in September 2019 and was intrigued by the amount of strategy and hierarchical organization she saw playing out on the field.

“I was surprised by the number of players and assistant coaches, and I thought to myself, the head coach must have to be a good manager just like in a successful business,” she said. “I could also see that there was a lot of strategic planning going into the game.”

Allegheny Professor Gaia Rancati relates the strategies of football to the business world for students in her Economics 240 class. Photo Credits: Top Photo: Liam Michel; Photo above and [...]
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Wall Street Lawyer and Author to Speak at Allegheny College

Author, lawyer and Allegheny College trustee Michael R. Young will visit the college to share experiences from his legal career in a talk titled, “What Were They Thinking? How Honest People Go Bad … A Little at a Time,” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in Quigley Auditorium.

This event is hosted by the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics in partnership with the Law & Policy Program. Lunch will be provided.

Michael R. Young

Young, who has spent 38 years as a Wall Street attorney investigating corporate wrongdoing, also will visit some economics classes while on campus. His Lunchtime Learning talk will examine how decent, honorable individuals end up breaking the law, often without realizing it.

Young, a 1978 [...]
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Allegheny College to Host 2019 Executive in Residence Diane Sutter

Allegheny College’s Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics welcomes Diane Sutter, an alumna and leader in the broadcasting industry, as the 2019 Executive in Residence. Sutter will be on campus from Monday, September 30, through Wednesday, October 2, and will deliver two public talks.

Sutter is a 1972 Allegheny graduate who lives in California. She is the president and chief executive officer of ShootingStar Inc., a consulting company that provides operational and consulting services to radio and television broadcasters, media companies, and financial institutions. She has owned and/or managed several broadcast stations in both radio and TV.

Diane Sutter is the 2019 Executive in Residence at Allegheny College.

“We are very excited to welcome Diane Sutter as our 2019 Executive in [...]
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