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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 1/25/17

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, business, English, marketing, music, and the Office of the President.

President Jo Allen was a panelist for the Equal Pay Day: Negotiating the Gender Pay Gap panel, held on January 17 at the City Club of Raleigh. The panel was moderated by Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, former Duke Energy vice president of corporate public affairs, with panelists Kate Day, MetLife vice president of workforce enablement, global tech and operations, and Caroline Sullivan, former Wake County Commissioner.

Executive Director of Marketing Kristi Eaves-McLennan wrote an article for Inside Higher Education’s Call to Action blog about the importance of continuing to invest resources into a brand after the launch year. 

Professor of Business Mary Jane Lenard, Associate Professor of Business Bing Yu, Associate Professor of Economics Anne York, and Texas Wesleyan University faculty member Shengxiong Wu had their paper, “Female Business Leaders and the Incidence of Fraud Litigation,” published in the January 2017 issue of Managerial Finance.  Using a dataset of companies from the Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse database for the time period 2007-13, the authors built a logistic regression model to determine the likelihood of fraud when there is at least one woman in an executive position or on the board of directors.  The authors found that the presence of at least one female leader decreases the likelihood that the company will be involved in financial reporting fraud.  The results are robust after controlling for sample selection bias by using a propensity score matched sample.  These findings add to the literature which indicates that women tend to be more risk averse and more committed to corporate ethics policies.

Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts presented “Reflection and Autobiography: Connecting Learning to Experience to Life” at the annual N.C. English Teachers Association state conference on December 2, 2016. The presentation featured a portion of her findings from sabbatical research. In addition, Roberts co-presented with student Macy Allen on postcolonialism and feminism in Belizean literature.  

Professor of Art Jane Terry's film Stations has been named an official selection of Twin Rivers Media Festival in Ashville, N.C. Screenings will be held January 27-28 at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History in Danville, Va., and February 17-18 at the Flood Fine Arts Center in Asheville, N.C. Stations was supported in part by a grant from Tree of Life Foundation.

Director of Instrumental Activities Jim Waddelow recently completed a five week professional engagement conducting an international cast and orchestra in a production of Tarzan the Musical in Lubbock, Texas. 

Melyssa Allen

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