School of Business Recognizes Students, Faculty

School of Business Recognizes Students, Faculty

Friday, May 20, 2016

Siena’s School of Business recently recognized nine students and three faculty members for distinguished achievement in research, service and innovation.

Colin Scerff ’16 presented his research with Raj Devasagayam, Ph.D., at the marketing management conference in Chicago. Their collective work, Mobile vs. In-Store Purchases: An Empirical Investigation of Consumer Purchasing Behavior, was highlighted in the conference journal.

Pierre Gouesclou ‘16, Arthur Jeannerot ’16, Nicolas Morand ’16 and Pierre Riffard ’16 – all graduates of Siena’s dual international degree program with CEFAM – were recognized for having their work published in Seeking Alpha, a crowd-sourced content service for financial markets. In total, 14 finance majors had publications posted to Seeking Alpha this spring, up from seven in the fall.

Gousclou’s analysis of Insys Therapeutics was published March 29; Jeannerot’s work on AbbVie debuted on March 28; Morand’s essay about Greenrier Companies ran on March 2; and Riffard’s summary of Lockheed Martin’s potential appeared on March 30.
Michael Corcoran ‘16, Benny Costello 18, and Kevin Danaher ‘17 and Jen Hogan ’17 were honored for their work done through Siena’s David ’73 and Christine Spicer ’75 Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Corcoran and Costello created Bizi, a startup designed to use the power of social media to better help companies showcase their brand, represent it to the public, and increase sales. Danaher and Hogan developed TeachMe, an app that allows users to have access to a unique private database of videos pertaining to a specific activity in their sport or field of interest, uploaded by the coach or instructor. 

Assistant professor of economics Dr. Ashley Provencher received the School of Business’ Teaching Excellence Award. Provencher has forwarded a mission-based agenda in her four years at Siena, stressing a student-centered approach and a commitment to building a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane, by fostering the ideal environment to continue cultivating her scholarship. She applies her expertise in the classroom, having developed Economics of Crime as a community-engaged course in 2013. Provencher has worked in collaborative partnerships with Peter Young Housing, Industry, and Treatment Center (PYHIT) to evaluate employment-based programs in Albany, and with the Office of the Albany County District Attorney to assess its community accountability board. A review of her syllabi demonstrates the significant class preparation that is expected of students and a series of activities, speakers and readings to reinforce learning outcomes. She has mentored a number of independent studies, honors theses, summer scholars and a Dake Scholar. Notably, she was an invited faculty mentor for the inaugural Team BILD program.  

Assistant professor of finance Dr. Zhenzhen Sun was honored with the School of Business’ Research Excellence Award. Sun's research interests are investments, corporate finance, and risk management, and her primary research deals with investment strategies of institutional investors. Different from most other works regarding institutional trading typically assuming investors are homogeneous, her works look at the link between the investment activities of institutional investors and their heterogeneous background. Her research greatly supports her teaching in FINC315 (Advertising Investments: Theory and Practice) especially when introducing portfolio risk exposures to her students. Sun has published 11 journal articles and made numerous international conference presentations. Two of her working papers were presented at the American Finance Association and European Finance Association (EFA) meetings.  Sun has also involved students in research, and several of their papers were accepted by the 2015 New York State Economic Association Conference.

Associate professor of finance Dr. James Murtagh was awarded the School of Business’ Service Excellence Award. Murtagh served as a member of the Middle States Self Study Steering Committee, Editorial Team and co-chair of the Institutional Assessment and Student Learning Assessment subcommittee. He was appointed to the Education Summit Presidential Task Force, was the School of Business representative to the College-wide Learning Assurance Committee, and is a founding member of the College Veterans’ Assistance Committee. Most recently he has been elected to serve on the Kennedy Award Scholarship Committee and the Faculty Grievance Committee. Within the School of Business, Murtagh serves as chair of the Finance Department, working with all department faculty to review and revise the structure and content of the finance major. He coordinated the preparation of the School of Business’ successful proposal for the customizable B.S. in business major with the business dean and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The one-of-a-kind major will launch in the fall.