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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
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 Allegheny graduate, is a litigation partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City where he chairs the firm’s securities litigation practice. He advises and defends boards of directors, audit committees, accounting firms, public companies, and company officers on issues of corporate governance and financial reporting. He was named by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 most influential people in accounting.”

He has served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Financial Reporting Committee, and as counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Center for Audit Quality.

A prolific author on the subjects of financial reporting, audit committee effectiveness and the role and responsibilities of the independent auditor, his books include “The Financial Reporting Handbook” (Wolters Kluwer 2003), “Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud” (Harcourt 2000) and, most recently, “Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection: Governance and Effective Practices” (Wiley 2014).

Young is a speaker and commentator on financial reporting issues, and he has been regularly quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post and The National Law Journal. He has also appeared as an invited guest on Fox Business News, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN.

He is also a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he was research and managing editor of the Duke Law Journal.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

What Were They Thinking? How honest people go bad…a little at a time

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics and the Allegheny Law & Policy program will welcome Allegheny alumnus Mike Young, class of ’78.  Mr. Young has spent 38 years as a Wall Street attorney investigating corporate wrongdoing.  He returns to Allegheny to share his experiences of how good, decent, honorable individuals end up breaking the law – often without even realizing it.  He will give concrete suggestions to aspiring business leaders about avoiding the pitfalls that have entrapped so many others.

The Allegheny Community is invited to Quigley auditorium on Thursday, October 17, 12:15 – 1:15 pm for this enlightening presentation; lunch will be provided.

Michael R. Young

Named by Accounting Today as one of the “top 100 most influential people in accounting,” Michael R. Young is a litigation partner at New York’s Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where he chairs the firm’s securities litigation practice. Mike advises and defends boards of directors, audit committees, accounting firms, public companies, and company officers on issues of corporate governance and financial reporting.

His trial victories include the landmark jury verdict for the defense in the first class action tried to a jury pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  He has served as a member of FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Financial Reporting Committee, and as counsel to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Center for Audit Quality.

A prolific author on the subjects of financial reporting, audit committee effectiveness and the role and responsibilities of the independent auditor, Mike’s books include The Financial Reporting Handbook (Wolters Kluwer 2003), Accounting Irregularities and Financial Fraud (Harcourt 2000) and, most recently, Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection:  Governance and Effective Practices (Wiley 2014).

Mike is a much sought after speaker and commentator on financial reporting issues, and has been regularly quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The National Law Journal.  He has also appeared as an invited guest on Fox Business News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and BNN (Canada). Mike is a graduate of Allegheny College and the Duke University School of Law, where he was Research and Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal.

 

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

“We are very excited to welcome Diane Sutter as our 2019 Executive in Residence,” said Tomas Nonnenmacher, co-director of the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics. “She has tremendous experience in politics, management and consulting. Among other accomplishments, she has worked in Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill and has served as the chair of the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.”

While on campus, Sutter will hold two public events, participate in this year’s economics short course in executive leadership, and meet with Allegheny students, faculty and staff. She will give an address titled, “So You Want to Own a TV Station? The Path from Allegheny to Capitol Hill to Broadcasting,” at 12:15 p.m. Monday, September 30, in Henderson Auditorium in Quigley Hall. She will talk about “Management, Leadership and Teams” on Tuesday, October 1, at 12:15 p.m., also in Quigley Auditorium. Both events are open to the public, and lunch will be provided.

Sutter’s radio broadcasting career began in Pittsburgh, where she held various positions in radio, rising from newsroom producer through sales to sales manager, station manager, and general manager. She joined Shamrock Broadcasting and served as vice president and general manager of Shamrock’s AM/FM stations in Pittsburgh.

Radio Ink magazine named Sutter one of the Most Influential Women in Radio in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also named one of the 20 Top Leaders in Radio by Radio Ink magazine. Radio and Television Business magazine has named Sutter as one of the top television executives. The Broadcasters Foundation of America honored her as a 2017 Ward Quall Leadership Award recipient in recognition of her career contributions to the broadcast industry and for her civic leadership.

Allegheny’s Executive in Residence program allows students to meet with experts in their fields to learn more about an industry, get insights into management and leadership styles, have conversations about their career goals, and expand their professional networks.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Faculty Seminar Series Opens with “The Effect of Unconventional Monetary Policy on Credit Flows”

Business & Economics Faculty SeminarsEconomics Professor Tim Bianco will open the fall semester faculty seminar series on Thursday September 26, presenting his paper, “The Effect of Unconventional Monetary Policy on Credit Flows” prepared jointly with Ana Maria Herrera, Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky. Professor Bianco will be presenting this paper at the Ohio State University Department of Economics 29th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Econometrics Group (MEG 2019).

Their paper evaluates the quantitative effects of unconventional monetary policy in the late 2000s and early 2010s when the federal funds rate hit the zero lower bound (ZLB). They compute credit flows using Compustat data and employ a factor augmented vector autoregression to analyze unconventional monetary policy’s impact on the allocation of credit among firms. They show that the impact of unconventional monetary policy on credit reallocation was substantial, especially for long-term credit. They then inquire what groups of firms accounted for this increased credit reallocation finding that, during the ZLB, unconventional monetary policy reshuffled credit towards firms typically viewed as financially constrained: small, young, high-default and highly leveraged firms. They also show that, during the ZLB, unconventional monetary policy brought about higher credit creation for firms of relatively high investment efficiency, suggesting this policy was key to fueling future economic growth.

Timothy Bianco, Ph.D.

Timothy Bianco is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Allegheny College.  He earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Kentucky, specializing in macroeconomics. Bianco attended Bowling Green University, earning a Master of Arts in Economics (2008) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Economics and Finance (2006). His research focuses on macroeconomics, banking and corporate finance, and international trade and finance. He served as an Economic and Research Analyst at the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank for four years, prior to joining the University of Kentucky (2013 – 2018).  He has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Handbook on Systemic Risk, the Journal of Financial Management and Analysis, and the Federal Reserve’s Economic Commentary.

Ana María Herrera, Ph.D.

Ana María Herrera is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California in San Diego. Herrera was a Repsol-YPF Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in 2005-06 and conducts research in macroeconomics, energy economics and applied econometrics. Her work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics and the Energy Journal.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics organizes faculty seminars to provide Allegheny College and visiting faculty the opportunities to give presentations based on their research agendas. Students, faculty and staff attend to learn more about cutting-edge research.

Welcome Alumna Diane Sutter, 2019 Executive in Residence

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics welcomes our 2019 Executive in Residence, Alumna Diane Sutter to the Allegheny College Campus September 30 – October 2.  Ms. Sutter is the President and CEO 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, both radio and TV. While on campus, she will hold two public events, participate in this year’s Economics short course in executive leadership and meet with Allegheny students, faculty and staff.

Executive in Residence Public Events

Monday, September 30, 12:15 – 1:15 PM, Quigley Auditorium:
So you want to own a TV Station? The Path from Allegheny to Capitol Hill to Broadcasting

Tuesday, October 1, 12:15 – 1:15 PM, Quigley Auditorium: Management, Leadership & Teams

Lunch will be provided at both sessions

Allegheny students may visit Ms. Sutter during office hours on Monday, Sept. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 2:30 until 4:30 PM in Quigley 219, students may follow this link to schedule an appointment.

The Executive in Residence program is an event is designed to connect Allegheny students and faculty with prominent business executives who spend several days on the Allegheny campus speaking about their life experiences in business, paths to success and lessons learned.

Alumna Diane Sutter

Diane Sutter’s career has included radio and television station management, overseeing a television and radio station group, and owning and operating television stations. She currently consults for radio and television stations, media companies, financial institutions and other organizations. In addition, she conducts management training and development for companies and organizations as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Sutter also works with organizations to implement Conscious Capitalism and “Purpose” in their company.

ShootingStar Broadcasting is the media company she formed to acquire and operate television and radio stations. The company owned the CBS affiliate in Abilene, TX (KTAB) and MyTV New England (WZMY-TV) in the Boston, MA market.

Ms. Sutter also served as the Trustee for the KFWB Asset Trust (The Beast 980-All Sports Radio) in Los Angeles, CA and facilitated the sale of the station. Sutter currently sits on the Advisory Board of Media Vista Broadcasting, Naples, FL.  She was a member of the Advisory Board of Futuri Media, LLC, Cleveland, OH.  Previously, she was a member of the Board of Directors of JW Broadcasting and consulted for the four station TV group in Columbia, MO until it was sold.

Ms. Sutter served as the President of Shamrock Television, in Burbank, CA, a division of Shamrock Holdings, Inc., owned by the Roy Disney family. Sutter oversaw three network affiliates for Shamrock and was responsible for station operations and acquisitions.

Prior to that, Ms. Sutter served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Shamrock Broadcasting, which operated 23 major market radio stations as well as three network television stations. She came to the corporate offices in Burbank, CA from Lexington, KY where she was the Vice President and General Manager of Shamrock’s ABC Television Affiliate there.

Her radio broadcasting career began in Pittsburgh, PA where she held numerous positions in radio, rising from newsroom producer through sales to sales manager, station manager, and general manager. She joined Shamrock Broadcasting and served as Vice President and General Manager of Shamrock’s AM/FM combination in Pittsburgh, PA.

Previously, Ms. Sutter worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in various capacities for members of both the House and Senate. Her last position was as the Press Secretary for a congressman from Chicago, IL.

Industry/Community Associations

Ms. Sutter is actively engaged in both her industry and community. She recently served as the Chair of the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. In 2008, she was appointed to the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age and was ​​​​re-appointed in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2017 by multiple FCC Chairmen.  Sutter also is a member of the Advisory Board of Multicultural Media, Telcom and Internet Council (MMTC).  Sutter is also a member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Diversity and Inclusion Council

She served as the National Chair of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) and on their National Board. In addition, she served on the Entrepreneurial Leadership Council of Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business, and as a member of the Emerson College National Advisory Committee on Diversity in Boston, MA.

Ms. Sutter is a member of Conscious Capitalism LA and the All Star for Kids Council of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the American University School of Communications, Washington, DC. Previously she was a member of the Alumni Advisory Council for Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.

 Broadcast Leadership Training Program

Ms. Sutter created and developed the Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) Program for women and people of color sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF). She serves as the “Dean” of the executive-MBA style, 10-month program to train women and minorities to become broadcast owners and group heads and teaches many of the sessions. The program is celebrating its 20th Anniversary year and has 325 graduates, many of whom have gone on to ownership or have been promoted to “C” suite level positions in the industry.

Awards and Recognition

Radio Ink magazine named Sutter one of The Most Influential Women in Radio in 2017 and 2018 and 2019.  She was also named one of the 20 Top Leaders in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine. Radio and Television Business Magazine recently named Sutter as one of the top Television Executives.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America honored Ms. Sutter as a 2017 Ward Quall Leadership Award recipient in recognition of her career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large.

In 2014, Sutter received the Trailblazer Award, from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women (MIW’s) at the NAB Radio Convention, recognizing her efforts to create and serve as the Dean of the Broadcast Leadership Training Program and mentor women and others in the industry. In 2011, she was chosen by the Alliance for Women in Media to be recognized for her contributions to the industry for the organization’s 60th Anniversary.

The NAB honored Ms. Sutter as the recipient of their Leadership Award at their national convention in 2009. Sutter was the 2008 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council.

The Alliance for Women in Media has also honored Ms. Sutter with their National Achievement Award. In addition, she was the first radio industry recipient of the Alliance’s Genii Award from the Los Angeles Chapter.

Education/Location

Ms. Sutter received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and her graduate degree in Public Relations from American University, School of Communications, in Washington, DC. She is also a certified Gallup Strengths Coach.

 

Allegheny Welcomes New Faculty

From a native of Italy who speaks five languages to a motocross enthusiast, Allegheny’s new faculty members bring many unique backgrounds and qualities to the campus classrooms in the fall of 2019. Let’s meet each of them briefly:

Kathryn BenderKathryn Bender
Assistant Professor of Economics

Kathryn Bender joins the Economics Department this fall and is helping students discover the economics of natural resources. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Centre College and her master’s and doctorate from the Ohio State University.

“I’m excited to start at Allegheny this fall,” says Bender. “I’m involved in several projects on consumer food-waste behavior and hope to find new avenues to explore at Allegheny around this topic.”

Her dissertation, “Date Labels and Food Waste: A study of the effect of label characteristics on food waste in the United States,” studies the confluence of environmental science, economics, and marketing in the food distribution ecosystem in the United States. She is also interested in exploring the effect of feminine hygiene programs in developing countries on the environment along with women’s empowerment, health, and education.

In her free time, Bender enjoys playing soccer, riding horses, and hanging out with her two dogs, Huck and Nala.


Bradley Burroughs '02Bradley Burroughs ’02
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies

After graduating from Allegheny in 2002, Bradley Burroughs earned his master’s degree from Duke University Divinity School and his Ph.D. from Emory University. His first teaching job was at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. After resigning that position to attend to family needs, he taught for four years at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. “But I am thrilled to be back in Meadville and reconnecting to the Allegheny community,” he says.

His academic interests span a variety of theological and ethical thought. His most recent work has been in two areas. The first is Christian political ethics, which led to his first book, Christianity, Politics, and the Predicament of Evil: A Constructive Theological Ethic of Soulcraft and Statecraft. It has also led to other published pieces that assess practices of contemporary warfare. The second area of his recent work has been in how Christian thinkers have understood the concept of evil, which is the subject of his next book project.

Burroughs enjoys mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and being outdoors generally, “or at least as much as I can do now with two kids in tow. Although not entirely unusual, one of my more surprising talents is juggling, which I learned from a hallmate in Baldwin during my first year at Allegheny.”

He also is proud that he was the first in his family to graduate from college.


Moira FlanaganMoira Flanagan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Moira Flanagan is a lifelong morris dancer, a form of traditional English folk/pub dancing. She is also the newest chemistry professor at Allegheny.

She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and a Ph.D. in biophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chemistry Department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Currently, her research combines biochemistry and physical chemistry techniques to understand the physical and photoprotective properties of heterogeneous biological pigments like melanin.

“My interest in the chemistry of biological systems also shapes how I teach,” Flanagan says. “I get excited to bring biological contexts into other fields of chemistry (as often as I can), but also emphasize the physical chemistry concepts (like entropy) in biochemistry topics.

“My teaching is based on the idea that everyone can learn science if they want to and I am here to help. I reject the idea that some people ‘get’ science and math and some people don’t,” Flanagan says. “One doesn’t need to be an expert in chemistry to critically analyze and problem-solve in a new context.”

Besides her affinity for chemistry, teaching and morris dancing, Flanagan enjoys cooking, especially fish and fresh pasta. “I also won a coloring contest in my local paper when I was 4, and actually still consider myself an amateur artist in drawing and cartooning.


Jessica Harris
Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Jessica Harris received her bachelor’s in history, master’s in Afro-American Studies, master’s in history, and Ph.D. in history, all from UCLA. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto in the Department of Italian Studies. She taught at Santa Monica College as well as at the University of Toronto during her fellowship.

Her research focus is on the history of the 20th century United States and the World, Modern Italy, and Black Europe, “and I am particularly interested in gender and race, their intersection with material culture, and the subsequent effect on group identities,” Harris says.

Since she studies Italian culture, “I like to watch Italian films and listen to Italian pop music,” says Harris.

Her five minutes of fame occurred as a teenager, Harris says, “when my club soccer team and I appeared on an episode of Bette Midler’s sitcom ‘Bette’.”


Mahita KadmielMahita Kadmiel
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Mahita Kadmiel has spent most of her life learning about human diseases, and she enjoys teaching students about how the human body works — or fails to work — in the event of a disease.

Kadmiel taught for two years as a visiting assistant professor at Colgate University. She is trained in biomedical sciences, completing postdoctoral training in molecular endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she holds a Ph.D. in cell and molecular physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in biology from Michigan Technological University, and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and biochemistry and medical lab technology from Andhra University in India.

“My academic interest has always been in improving our understanding of the molecular basis of human diseases,” Kadmiel says. “Too little or too much of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) and changes in sex hormone levels (estrogen and testosterone) have been linked to vision problems.”

She is investigating the function of these hormones in the cornea and retina using rodent models and cells derived from human eyes. Kadmiel also is interested in studying the role of hormone-mimicking chemicals (more commonly called endocrine-disrupting chemicals) on ocular cells and tissues and how they might influence eye health.

Kadmiel incorporates her interest in various forms of art not only in the biology courses that she teaches, but also in her time outside the classroom and laboratory.

“I enjoy working on art projects and DIY projects along with my two kids,” she says. “This is my trick to get mom-time and hobby time in one shot!”


Douglas LumanDouglas Luman
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Douglas Luman joins the Computer Science Department from a background in creative writing and composition. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Bradley University and his MFA is from George Mason University, where he studied poetry and was the Heritage Student Fellow in 2017. He taught in the University Writing Program at George Washington University.

“So, suffice to say, I am an interesting fit in computer science. The way I usually explain it is that all of my work is computational, even though it is done in a humanities-leaning context,” he says.

His MFA thesis, “Prodigy House,” was a computational investigation of an early literary algorithm (“Travesty”). His other work is all computationally based. “I essentially ‘write’ aided by software that I write and others (like Google Cloud tools — Translate, Speech to Text) that I use in conjunction with writing. During graduate school, I developed a computational constraint platform that I continue to run at www.appliedpoetics.org.

“One might say that my work is less from an academic background and more out of a discipline or practice,” Luman says.

Luman is also interested in approaches to computational pedagogy: that is, what do the humanities, writ-large, have to say about teaching computer science? “Is there some way that we can use humanities-based concepts/data to teach students what it means to be responsible for their code? I wonder if there’s some distinction here to remind both students and ourselves of the perennial lesson that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should,” he says.

He and his partner, the poet Jenni B. Baker, also run a book arts press called Container, where they produce other artists’ work in three-dimensional, novel forms, “which is to say as a gem tray of origami paper gems, etched glass bottles, or as cross-stitch kits, for example,” Luman says.


Rebecca OliverRebecca Oliver
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Rebecca Oliver received her bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She arrives at Allegheny after teaching most recently at Murray State University in Kentucky and, prior to that, the University of Southern California.

Oliver’s research examines the politics of inequality with respect to labor markets and social policy in Europe. Substantive topics of her work include labor union strategies, collective bargaining institutions, public opinion, childcare policy and territorial inequalities in social policy.

She is currently completing revisions for her book, “Negotiating Differences: The Politics of Egalitarian Bargaining Institutions.” The book examines the following question: Why, in the face of common growing pressures toward greater liberalization and pay dispersion, are egalitarian bargaining institutions sustained or reconfigured in some instances and bluntly dismantled in others? Employing the cases of Italy and Sweden, the book studies developments in egalitarian collective bargaining institutions.

Oliver recently adopted a puppy named Griffin. “My interests of hiking, canoe camping, exploring and getting lost in new cities/towns, making cupcakes, skiing, playing tennis, attending live jazz concerts and visiting art galleries are currently taking a back seat to dog training,” she says.


Kelly PearceKelly Pearce
Instructor, Environmental Science & Sustainability

Kelly Pearce is a graduate of Juniata College, where she majored in wildlife conservation and minored in education. She received her master’s degree in applied ecology and conservation biology from Frostburg State University, and earned her Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory.

She is a wildlife ecologist and conservationist with research interests at the intersection of ecological and social science, including the field of human dimensions of wildlife conservation. “I use quantitative and qualitative approaches to study how environmental, social, and policy factors influence wildlife populations and species distributions. I also strive to better understand approaches that mitigate conflict and encourage coexistence between people and wildlife,” she says. Pearce also serves on the Outreach and Conflict Resolution Task Force as a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist Group.

“My research has taken me to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, where I evaluated the ability of the river otter to serve as an aquatic flagship species for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,” she says. “I have also been involved in a variety of wildlife ecology projects focused in western Maryland and West Virginia, including a study on eastern spotted skunks, Allegheny woodrats, and a variety of bat species.”

Pearce enjoys live music and spends much of her free time watching and traveling for shows, she says. Pearce also enjoys motorcycle journeys. “I rode my first motorcycle when I was 3 right into the back of the garage. I still love to ride on my parents’ farm in central Pennsylvania, and this past summer I earned three first-place finishes in a vintage cross-country motorcycle race series.”


Gaia RancatiGaia Rancati
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Neuromarketing in Economics

Gaia Rancati joins the Economics Department and will teach Principles of Marketing and Business and Managerial Economics during the fall semester.

Rancati is an experienced trainer and coach in both sales and customer experience specializing in retail, sales, team building, and management. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing and neuroeconomics as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing from IULM University, and a master’s of leadership and management from Il Sole 24ORE Business School in Milan, Italy. She is a sought-after researcher and speaker in the field of neuromarketing where she applies the science of neuroeconomics for improving customer experience in the retail field with a focus on service encounters, sales transformation and artificial intelligence.


Lauren RudolphLauren Rudolph
Assistant Professor of Biology

Lauren Rudolph joins the Biology Department with undergraduate and graduate degrees as double-majors in neuroscience and psychology. She attended Washington and Lee University for her undergraduate education and Indiana University for her Ph.D. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in neurobiology and neuroendocrinology, and then taught neuroscience as a visiting professor at Pomona College.

Rudolph’s research is generally focused on steroid hormones and how they act to drive certain behaviors, such as mammalian reproduction. Her wider interests include neuroendocrinology, hormones, reproduction, sex differences, and physiology.

“I am continually impressed with the ever-expanding range of steroid hormone effects,” says Rudolph, “and how hormones can alter behaviors. I study how hormones act in ‘non-traditional’ ways to change the shape and function of cells, tissues, and organisms.”

When traveling on planes, Rudolph says she tends to get into interesting conversations because she is often working on presentations about reproduction. She sees those discussions as part of her “unofficial outreach”: sharing her research with other people.

During her time at Washington and Lee University, Rudolph played volleyball on a team which won conference champions each year, earning a place in the NCAA tournament during her four years as an undergraduate. Besides volleyball, Rudolph also enjoys the outdoors, cheese, sarcasm, making up forced acronyms, animal fun facts, and March Madness.

“I am also skilled at removing the gonads of rodents (for research!),” she adds.


Rosita ScerboRosita Scerbo
Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Rosita Scerbo joins the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as a Spanish instructor. Her research interests include Latin American and Chicanx visual autobiography. This includes photography, cinema, paintings, murals, and digital art. She is also a specialist in Digital Humanities and Hispanic digital pedagogy tools.

Scerbo was born in Italy but has spent most of her life studying and working abroad. “I’m a heritage speaker of Spanish, as I learned Spanish in my community as a child before I dedicated my life to the Hispanic language and culture academically in school and in college.”

She taught Spanish and Italian language, literature, and culture at West Virginia University during her pursuit of a master’s degree and at Arizona State University while earning her doctorate. She also has taught Spanish in Sevilla, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, during study abroad and Spanish immersion programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Calabria in Italy.

“I speak five languages,” says Scerbo. “I went to dance school for many years, and I’m particularly passionate about Latin dances, including salsa, bachata, and merengue. My two daughters’ names — one is human and one is canine — are Sol and Luna, that is Spanish for sun and moon.”

Sarah StangerSarah Stanger
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sarah Stanger joins Allegheny’s Psychology Department and also plans to provide assessment and treatment services to children and families in Meadville as she works toward clinical licensure. Stanger attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She says her time there “ignited my passion for contributing to a learning community like Allegheny.” Stanger then traveled cross-country to attend the University of Vermont, where she taught undergraduate courses and earned a joint Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology.

Most recently, Stanger was in Portland, Oregon, completing her predoctoral clinical internship. While there, she provided assessment, consultation, and treatment services for children and families in a hospital-based setting.

Stanger hopes to observe interactions between families and children in a laboratory setting while at Allegheny. “I am interested in understanding the development of adaptive stress responses — both physiological and behavioral — in children and adolescents,” says Stanger. “This includes examining how parenting and other contextual factors, such as family socioeconomic status, contribute to this development.”

Outside of her professional life, Stanger has competed in horseback riding, enjoys skiing and snowboarding, and has a love for college sports and theater. She anticipates learning to cross-country ski while in Meadville, as well as attending her students’ productions and sporting events.

Asmus TrautschAsmus Trautsch
Writer in Residence

Asmus Trautsch studied philosophy as a major and German literature (modern and medieval) as a minor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and at the University College London in Great Britain. In addition, he studied composition/music theory at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Humboldt University, spending a term as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York City. He has taught philosophy at the University of Dresden and has been a guest lecturer at other universities.

His research interests include contemporary poetry, philosophy of tragedy, philosophy of literature, philosophy of music, ancient Greek philosophy, aesthetics, and ethics.

“My interests lie in the arts, including fine arts, film and dance and in the ways in which the sciences and the arts work together for enabling understanding and new knowledge,” says Trautsch. “Also I’m passionately interested in how philosophy and literature can contribute to educating society and improving politics.”

Trautsch likes to engage in “entertaining dialogues with lots of curious questions,” bake cakes, conduct orchestras and play various musical instruments. He shares a fun fact from his past: “I once won second prize in a competition called ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ in Dresden.”

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Gators in Economic Development

Christian Walker ’20 and Ethan Graubard ’20 each interned this summer at different organizations pursuing the same interest – economic development.

Sales, Service and Economic Development

Ethan Graubard
Ethan Graubard ’20 did double duty this summer working for Enterprise Rental as a customer assistance representative, and as a business liaison at the Bergen County Economic Development office.

Ethan Graubard did double duty this summer working for Enterprise Rental as a customer assistance representative, and as a business liaison at the Bergen County Economic Development office.  “It was a hustle all summer,” commented Graubard.

Ethan interned in 2018 at Enterprise as a management trainee, then advanced in 2019 to a Customer Assistance Representative where he gained experience in sales, customer service, management and logistics.  “I have always been interested in urban planning and economic revitalization,” he said, “in fact, I did my senior project on public/private non-profit organizations.”  He then earned a position at the Bergen County, NJ economic development office team whose goal is to attract business and promote tourism in the county, completing both internships in one summer.

Ethan is an Economics major with minors in Political Science and Community & Justice Studies, a student-athlete (varsity football), and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.

Entrepreneurship in Hermitage, PA

Christian "Dubs" Walker
2019 Big Idea Winner, Christian Walker ’20 (right side, second from the end) interned for the second year at the eCenter @ LindenPointe, a non-profit business incubator dedicated to helping early-stage startups.

Christian Walker interned for the second year at the eCenter @ LindenPointe, a non-profit business incubator dedicated to helping early-stage startups. He participated along with other interns and entrepreneurs both teaching and attending seminars designed to improve the group’s skills at creating new business start-ups and growing existing businesses.

Christian owns and operates animatr, a brand that destigmatizes the negative misconceptions surrounding Japanese “anime” animation fans with aesthetic streetwear.

“I learned that it’s not just about having a good idea,” said Walker, “it’s about how you implement it.” He added, “My business revenue increased by 350% thanks to the accelerator and hard work.”

Christian is an Applied Computer Science major with a minor in Economics, a Bonner Scholar, and the 2019 Winner of the Big Idea Competition, Allegheny’s annual contest that emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, Shark Tank.

Allegheny College is grateful for the many opportunities extended to our students through organizations like the eCenter @Linden Point, Enterprise and the Bergen County Economic Development office. The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics works in partnership with Allegheny Career Education to mentor students on how to locate and apply for internships, secure housing and apply for funding sources to defray costs.

Project Management in the Medical Device Industry

Do you think it’s hard to juggle priorities as a college student? Meet Eric Jones

J. Eric Jones, Operations ManagerImagine what it would be like to be the site manager for a 172,000 square foot manufacturing facility and lead a team of 6 managers, over 300+ labor assemblers and 3 tactical buyers – that’s just another day in the life of Eric Jones.

Attend this presentation to learn more about how Eric approaches project management, leadership and strategy to contribute to $750 million in annual revenue as the man responsible to oversee the assembly, testing and packaging of 1.2 million CPAP devices, 91,000 communicators and 275,000 personal help buttons.

The Allegheny community is welcome to attend the first in the series of Lunchtime Learning presentations on September 10 at 12:15 pm in the Henderson Auditorium, Quigley Hall. Don’t miss this chance for a free lunch and the opportunity to meet this key advisor and thought leader in the medical device industry.

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics sponsors this series to provide students with opportunities to gain valuable information on topics and industries related to internships and careers in business and economics.  Speakers often choose one of two broad areas to discuss with students. The first is career oriented, and the second is issue oriented. Both topics enable students to navigate and explore job options, understand the steps necessary to pursue opportunities and learn how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Ryan Clydesdale ’20 Wins the Prestigious Cornerstones Summer Analyst position

Ryan Clydesdale ’20 Wins the Prestigious Cornerstones Summer Analyst positionMathematics major with a double minor in Economics and Chemistry, Ryan Clydesdale ’20, was awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Research summer internship experience.  According to Clydesdale, “and I had a great ten weeks as a Summer Analyst at Cornerstone Research. From gaining an understanding of the daily workflow of economic and litigation consulting, to acquiring some of the skills that come along with the job, and developing as a professional in general, I benefited immensely from this experience. I am now comfortable with coding in multiple programming languages, using Microsoft Office at a more sophisticated level, and collaborating with others to function as a productive member of a project team.”

Navigating the Application Process

To apply for this position, Ryan submitted his resume, transcript, and a cover letter to Cornerstone through Allegheny’s Career Education office. He was then called back for a phone interview, where he further discussed his interest and qualifications. The next step was a Skype interview, where he took part in two mock case studies. During the latter he was given background information on mock cases and the interviewers asked questions about his approach to investigation and analysis. As part of the process, Ryan was interviewed by multiple Cornerstone employees at various levels of management.

Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research is a leading economic and financial consulting firm specializing in the analysis of complex economic, financial, accounting, and marketing issues that arise in the context of various kinds of litigation. Cornerstone Research has 700 staff and offices in Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington.

Cornerstone Research values the professional growth of its summer analysts and recognizes their contributions to clients and the firm. Consequently, many summer analysts choose to join Cornerstone Research full-time upon graduation. The analytical depth of assignments, the breadth of industry exposure, and experience working in case teams offer outstanding preparation for analysts applying to top graduate programs in business, economics, and law, and for ensuing careers in consulting, finance industry, and academia.

Allegheny College is grateful for the many opportunities extended to our students by Cornerstone Research and their continued support of undergraduate experiential learning. The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business & Economics works in partnership with  Allegheny Career Education to mentor students on how to locate and apply for internships, secure housing and apply for funding sources to defray costs.

Tech Intern Jerfenson Cerda Mejia ’20 Excels at Startup

Jerfenson Cerda Mejia
Jerfenson Cerda Mejia (third from the left) standing with Arin CEO, VP and Lead Software developer

Jerfenson Cerda Mejia ’20 Computer Science Major, Economics minor interned this summer at Arin, a technology startup in Pittsburgh that builds solutions for industry 4.0 by providing location awareness capabilities to vast networks of sensor, machines and workers.

What is it like to work in a technology startup?

Accord to Mejia, “I was a business and marketing associate intern. The overall experience was amazing. Since it was a startup, there were many things to do. I helped generate leads to help the company find potential distributors to sell their product. From the leads I generated, the startup is currently in talks with 5 of them to sign on as distributors. I redesigned and reworked their websites and worked on search engine optimization. I created a marketing plan and gathered content to post on their social networks. The internship was a great experience because the work I was doing was really helping the company.”

Benefits of Student Internships at a Startup

According to Forbes, “If you’re a particularly entrepreneurial student—you like to problem solve, ask questions, and work in a more flexible environment—then an internship at a startup may be of real benefit to you. Any student with entrepreneurial interest should seriously consider working at a startup for a summer during college. You’ll have more flexibility than you would in a large company. It will also move faster, and you’ll have more exposure to real problems.”

Entrepreneurship @Allegheny College

The Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics offers beginning and advanced studies in microeconomics and entrepreneurship.  Students are inspired to experience entrepreneurship by participating in the Zingale Big Idea Competition in April, a funding request presentation contest where student teams propose business models for profit, non-profit or social venture companies. The contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, Shark Tank. Unlike Shark Tank, the Zingale Big Idea distinguished panel of judges do more than evaluate the student team’s business models – they offer constructive feedback, coach and encourage students. Students are welcome to take classes, workshops and discuss ideas with Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris Allison ’83.