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Fox School undergraduate to serve as Mandarin-language broadcaster for Temple basketball games

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Fox School student James Yuan calls his first game as the Mandarin-language broadcaster of Temple men’s basketball.

There was cheering, in both Mandarin and English, as Fox School of Business freshman James Yuan won the right to serve as Mandarin-language broadcaster of Temple University men’s basketball games.

Temple University’s Office of International Affairs organized the inaugural “Battle of the Broadcasters,” held Jan. 31 at Morgan Hall. The competition pitted five Chinese international students to determine the most-engaging and accurate live commentary of the Owls’ game against South Florida. Yuan and Javi Yuan, a recent graduate of the School of Media and Communication, shared first place, and will broadcast the team’s remaining home games on YouKu, the Chinese version of YouTube, and Temple’s Owlsports.com.

“I was very nervous, but mostly excited to be up there,” Yuan said.

Yuan first discovered basketball when he moved to the United States for his education. Crisscrossing the country, to attend school in both California and Connecticut, Yuan took his love of basketball with him. He’d learned the game living with an American high school basketball coach, and went on to play varsity basketball in high school as the only Chinese player in the league.

Upon deciding to stay in the states and attend Temple’s Fox School of Business, Yuan honed his announcing skills by emceeing events for the Chinese Student Scholars Association. When the broadcasting competition had been announced, Yuan found the perfect place to merge his skills in charming the crowd and talking sports.

As he took the podium to begin his live audition, Yuan broke the ice by chatting casually with the Temple Diamond Gems dance team and Temple cheerleaders. Then, he turned his eyes toward the game, seamlessly launching into the stats of particular players and precisely following the gameplay. He interspersed his play-byplay calls with colorful commentary meant to recreate the courtside atmosphere for those watching from home.

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Fox School student James Yuan competes at the Battle of the Broadcasters, held Jan. 31.

“I wanted the students to feel like they were inside the game. It’s not all about the stats,” said Yuan, a Human Resource Management major, who said his goal in participating is “to get more international students involved.”

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) exchange student Shizhe You also took part in the competition. You joined STHM in Fall 2015 from Beijing, China. He is presently pursuing coursework at STHM to complement his education at the Central University of Finance and Economics, in Beijing, where he studied Sports Economics and Management.

From a young age, You showed promise on the soccer field and it wasn’t until a growth spurt shot him to nearly six feet tall that he had considered basketball. Finding success, You considered a professional career until an injury sidelined him. While in a wheelchair for three months, You turned his attention to sports marketing and economics, specifically how to gain recognition for sports management in China.

When he received an email about the Mandarin broadcasting competition, You jumped at the opportunity despite having zero experience in live-broadcasting of sporting events.

“It was great experience,” You said. “It was a way to share basketball with China.”

Five Mandarin-speaking Temple faculty and staff members served as judges, including STHM Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Dr. Robert Li.

“I was truly impressed by all the contestants, particularly the winners, for their excellent presentation skills, great energy, and good sense of humor,” Li said. “This event … shows Temple’s unwavering commitment to internationalization and a vibrant campus life.”

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Fox School student James Yuan and School of Media and Communication’s Javi Yuan celebrate as first-place finishers in the Battle of the Broadcasters

You placed third overall, ahead of Metsky Liu, TUSP ’17, and Echo Chen, COE ’16, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The runners-up received free tickets to one of Temple’s upcoming home games, while winners Yuan and Javi Yuan, SMC ’15, in addition to their press passes to report on the remaining home games, received signed basketballs from Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy.

The competition was the collaborative initiative of Temple President Dr. Neil Theobold, Temple University Athletics, and the Office of International Affairs. Vice Dean of International Students Brooke Walker deemed the competition a bridge between Temple’s Chinese and American cultures.

“Temple wants to integrate international students into our community,” Walker said. “What better way to do this then to engage Chinese students in American sports while respecting their own culture, the Mandarin language, and their love of basketball.”

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January 2016 – Research @ Fox

Leadership Quarterly accepts a Fox PhD student’s paper for publication


Discussed in this issue:
• Douglas Franklin, a second-year PhD student at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, co-authored a paper that has been accepted for publication in Leadership Quarterly, a top journal
• Ryann Reynolds-McIlnay accepts tenure-track position in Oregon State’s merchandising management program
• Paper co-authored by PhD student accepted for two prominent conferences
• James Du, PhD candidate, accepts tenure-track position in the sports management department at Florida State University

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Temple University’s Fox School of Business to offer American exporting courses as part of Export University

Temple University’s Fox School of Business has partnered with the Philadelphia United States Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service, to offer a series of courses on American exporting.

This spring, Temple’s Center for International Business, Education, and Research (CIBER) will host Export University, a series of half-day exporting courses designed to help U.S. companies begin or expand an export initiative, and to gain increasing skills to promote international exportation.

The courses – scheduled for March 1 and May 10 – are ideal for companies new to exporting that need tools to begin and avoid costly mistakes, as well as companies currently exporting that need guidance on developing or refining their export plans to further expand sales to foreign countries.

“Assessing export readiness, evaluating export potential, and implementing export strategies are essential elements of international business within today’s global marketplace,” said Dr. Arvind Parkhe, Chair of the Strategic Management department at Temple’s Fox School of Business. “Export University addresses these areas, and so much more, which makes these sessions, made possible through the Fox School’s partnership with Philadelphia United States Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service, so unique.”

More on Export University:

  • The March 1 session, titled “Export 201: Fine-Tuning Company Operations,” will focus on overseas representation, financing strategies, and export compliance.
  • The May 10 session, “Export 301: Developing Strategic Direction,” will be geared toward product adaptation, website optimization, and advanced topics.

Before attending Export University, executives with CAD Import Inc., a Delaware-based company that also has a private label manufacturing arm called Pharmadel, had drafted and presented an export plan in order to begin their sales outside of the United States.

“Export University helped us realize all of the different aspects and requirements that must be met before your company can even think about exporting,” said Ana Sofia De Leon, operations director of CAD Import Inc. “Temple’s Export University made all of the resources available, which – for a small company like CAD/Pharmadel – is critical.”

Each session has a $45 registration fee for each session. Information regarding a reduced fee is available upon request.  For more information, and to register, contact the Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center at (215) 597-6101 or Office.Philadelphia@trade.gov, or visit Export University’s website.

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Temple’s youngest CEOs encourage students to build up “sweat equity” through start-ups

Attendees listen to the panelists at Temple University¹s Young Alumni Association #TempleMade Entrepreneurship event.

Attendees listen to the panelists at Temple University’s Young Alumni Association #TempleMade Entrepreneurship event.

For some, the decision would have created sleepless nights. For Joseph Green, it was a no-brainer.

While studying entrepreneurship at the Fox School of Business, Green had developed two business plans in completely different fields. Whichever one he chose to pursue, Green said, the risk of starting a business and forging into self-employment outweighed the security of a position in corporate America.

“To me it’s the same gamble,” Green said, “only the payoff is more direct and more beneficial to you because you’ve put in that sweat equity.”

The CEO of Affinity Confections, the bakery and confection company he launched in 2012 in Philadelphia, Green visited Fox’s Alter Hall Jan. 27 to participate in a panel discussion on being a young business owner. Joining Green, FOX ’12, on the panel were fellow Fox alums Dylan Baird, FOX ’12, the CEO of farm share Philly Food Works, and Rachel Furman, FOX ’12, the CEO of cosmetic company Mouth2Mouth Beauty.

Temple University’s Young Alumni Association organized the event, as part of its ongoing #TempleMade Entrepreneur Series, “to increase active student engagement and highlight the business successes of our young alumni,” according to TUYA vice president Latisha Brinson, FOX ’08.

The three 20-something CEOs provided snapshots of their careers and companies, lent insights into their respective startup experiences, and detailed how they sidestepped the inherent risks involved with entrepreneurship.

Furman admitted that she “spent more time playing sports than applying makeup” during her high school days. With Mouth2Mouth, she’s creating socially responsible cosmetic products, like eyeliner and lip stains, for the urban market. Her company and her career may not have come together without her experiences at Temple University.

“This was where I found someone other than my family and friends who could connect with my dreams,” she said.

Baird, whose Philly Food Works delivers high-quality food from farm to neighborhood, serves more than 900 people. In its earliest stages, he said he received poignant advice from a fellow entrepreneur, on pouring capital into the resources upon which a company depends – like a flat-bed truck or a cooler – and not on an office chair, for example.

Latisha Brinson, FOX ¹08, moderates the Temple University¹s Young Alumni Association Entrepreneurship panel, which featured (from left) Dylan Baird, FOX ¹12, Rachel Furman, FOX ¹12, and Joseph Green, FOX ¹12.

Latisha Brinson, FOX 2008, moderates the Temple University’s Young Alumni Association Entrepreneurship panel, which featured (from left) Dylan Baird, FOX 2012, Rachel Furman, FOX 2012, and Joseph Green, FOX 2012.

Green launched Affinity Confections in 2014, believing consumers desired sweet treats in smaller portions, made with premium and natural ingredients. Green, who has 16 years of baking experience, credited Temple with motivating him to excel.

“Temple’s job is to listen to your business plan, then poke holes in it, and push you to find a better way to do it,” said Green.

Dwight Carey, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Fox School, closed the event by asking for a show of hands from the nearly 100 alums and current students in attendance, wondering how many wish to one day own a business.

“Why wait? Ask yourself you aren’t doing it already,” Carey said. “You can do it because the desire is within each of you.”

Added Tim Bennett, FOX ’09, the owner of Philadelphia-based Bennett Compost: “It was great to hear from this panel and see what paths other successful entrepreneurs took to achieve what they have. They make me wonder whether I’m putting enough time into marketing, for example, or into accounting, and it’s a way to be reflective on your own business, while also being inspired by others who are doing what you’re doing.”

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Fox alumnus to pitch SmartPlate on “Shark Tank”

Martin Dell’Arciprete on Shark Tank.

Martin Dell’Arciprete on Shark Tank.

The chance to appear on “Shark Tank” is the realization of a dream come true for Martin Dell’Arciprete.

“Growing up, every kid wanted to be like Mike,” said the Fox School of Business alumnus, referencing Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan. “After I arrived at Fox and Temple University, and got a taste of entrepreneurship, it became, ‘I want to be like Mark (Cuban).’”

Dell’Arciprete will appear on “Shark Tank,” the popular ABC reality show, Friday, Feb. 12, to pitch SmartPlate, the signature product from Philadelphia-based company Fitly.

Believed to be the world’s first intelligent plate, SmartPlate uses load sensors and three digital cameras for image and weight recognition of the food a person is preparing to consume. SmartPlate analyzes the food on its surface, provides nutritional information, and logs calories with 99-percent accuracy.

Dell’Arciprete, Fitly’s former head of marketing, has left the company since representing the product during a September taping of the show. Dell’Arciprete, a Lansdowne, Pa., native who earned his Marketing degree from the Fox School in 2010, said it was “a gut-wrenching experience” to stand before the show’s five sharks.

“Preparing for the show was like studying for a final exam. You may have a general idea of the subject matter, but until you see that test, you just don’t know the direction your professors – or in this case, the sharks – are going to take,” said Dell’Arciprete, a senior account executive for Moroch Partners, a national marketing firm with an office located in Conshohocken, Pa.

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to perform at such a high level in front of the sharks if not for the professors, public-speaking training, and diverse platform of opportunities I had at Fox.”

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January 2016 – Fox Update

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Discussed in this issue:
• The Online MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
• The 18th annual Innovative Idea Competition used entrepreneurship to unite students across Temple University.
• Lockheed Martin and Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) joined forces to host the first annual National Cyber Analyst Challenge.

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Founder of The Home Depot to visit the Fox School as a guest professor of entrepreneurship

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Temple University’s Fox School of Business welcomes Bernard “Bernie” Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, as its inaugural Warren V. “Pete” Musser Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Addressing Fox School students, Marcus will deliver a presentation, titled, “Do ethical entrepreneurs earn more?” Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in Alter Hall.

An American businessman and philanthropist, Marcus co-founded The Home Depot after he and coworker Arthur Blank lost their jobs with a California hardware store. Marcus, Blank, and their early investor, Kenneth Langone, took The Home Depot public in 1981, and have since built a billion-dollar, home-improvement empire. Marcus retired in 2001 to focus on philanthropy.

Established in 2015, the Musser Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an endowed term professorship that will be filled by experienced and well-known practitioners who have started successful business ventures and are interested in spending a term at the Fox School to lecture, conduct applied research, and mentor students in the early stages of their ventures.

Entrepreneurship is a pillar at Temple University. In November, Fox’s undergraduate- and graduate-level Entrepreneurship programs earned Nos. 8 and 10 national rankings, respectively, by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, one of only five schools nationally to attain two top-10 rankings.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), which proactively promotes entrepreneurial spirit throughout all 17 schools and colleges at Temple University, is co-sponsoring Marcus’ visit.

To attend, guests must RSVP through the IEI.

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Temple University’s IBIT addresses U.S. cyber talent crisis through partnership with Lockheed Martin

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Temple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) joined forces with Lockheed Martin in Washington D.C. in November to host the first annual National Cyber Analyst Challenge.

The competition, which welcomed 44 students and nine faculty advisors from nine universities, was designed to enhance students’ skills in combatting cyber-attacks and address a cyber talent crisis in the United States. The three-month, multi-phase competition aimed to inspire today’s technologically literate students to pursue careers in cyber security.

The result: It worked. Nearly 60 percent of the competition’s student-finalists completed online profiles with Lockheed Martin. On a 1-to-5, highest-to-lowest scale, the participants rated the competition highly on the metric of ‘learned a lot’ (1.33) and ‘value’ (1.15). One student remarked, “Hearing everyone tell us how valuable we are was a nice ego boost going into this field.”

“Cyber security analysts represent a critical skill need for most organizations,” said Chris Kearns, Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of Enterprise IT Solutions. “These students showed great promise through their hands-on teamwork to solve real world challenges and progress through the competition.”

According to SimplyHired.com, in mid-2015, there were 26,980 open cyber-security related positions. The need in these positions is less for operators and more for analysts. As threats multiply and diversify, intelligence analysis and identification is becoming critical, rather than secondary to the ability to configure or code secure servers. Yet, the job seekers in the talent pipeline find it difficult to integrate operational skills with strategic threat and cyber analysis. The goal of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge was to provide students with the opportunity to integrate specific operational skills with strategic threat analysis.

In the first phase of the competition, students pored over 75 gigabytes of data to find the cause of the simulated hack. Then the teams submitted 10-slide summary reports to explain their respective solutions for preventing future cyber-attacks. In the second phase, in which only nine teams competed, the students received training from industry experts. The competition culminated in a real-time practical challenge held at Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Center in Crystal City, Va., in November.

A panel of industry experts, scoring finalists on technical proficiency, judgment, and communication, awarded the winning team $25,000 in prize money. Runners-up received awards of $7,500-$15,000 to support student, faculty, and curriculum development.

“It was gratifying to work with Lockheed Martin to create such a student- and faculty-centric opportunity,” said Dr. Munir Mandviwalla, IBIT’s Executive Director and the Chair of Management Information Systems at Temple’s Fox School of Business. “We hope to increase the national cyber talent pool across the nation’s top programs in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, and Engineering.”

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December 2015 – Research @ Fox

Named professors, lifetime achievement, honored at annual Research Roundtable ceremony


Discussed in this issue:
• Four faculty members from Temple University’s Fox School of Business headlined the awardees at the 17th annual Research Roundtable and Teaching Awards ceremony

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Anger can improve unjust conditions in the workplace, says Fox researcher

Deanna GeddesThere’s an unlikely emotion that acts as the moral compass of a workplace. According to a researcher from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, it’s anger.

Dr. Deanna Geddes’ conceptual research delves into moral anger, an emotional expression that is geared toward the improvement of the human condition within the workplace. She and fellow researcher, Dr. Dirk Lindebaum of the University of Liverpool, proposed a new definition for moral anger within their research paper, “The Place and Role of (Moral) Anger in Organizational Behavior Studies,” which was published online December 2015 in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

The Chair of Fox’s Department of Human Resource Management, Geddes said employees potentially place at risk their jobs, careers, and companies for which they work when moral anger motivates actions that expose inappropriate circumstances at work.

Where moral anger varies from expressions of personal anger, she said, is in the identification of the subject who is suffering from workplace injustice and improprieties.

“It’s important to note that, with both moral anger and personal anger, social norms are violated and likely people were treated unfairly,” she said. “But instances of moral anger prompt action when you witness an incident that impacts someone else more than it impacts you. Speaking out on behalf of others is the core differentiator.

“Moral anger isn’t a self-serving type of anger expression. It’s the opposite. It’s someone’s response when another is being treated unfairly or being bullied, for example. Moral anger triggers corresponding action that is not intended to cause further harm, but instead to help repair the situation.”

Often an employee who expresses anger at work is viewed as “an out-of-control and hostile deviant,” Geddes notes. However, unless it’s a common occurrence, Geddes’s research found that those who express anger in the workplace are likely to be a company’s most-committed and most-loyal employees.

That’s because moral anger is a fairness-enhancing emotion, through which employees can act with the wellbeing of others in mind. Geddes said moral anger has the potential to restore equity, protect dignity, improve working conditions, and rectify damaging situations.

She and Lindebaum reviewed literatures on similar anger constructs, including those which pertained to moral outrage and moral conduct, to see how moral anger differentiated. Then, they reviewed literature pertaining to expressions of anger, to arrive at a more-practical “redefinition,” she said.

“Moral anger, by our definition, is not intended to avenge an individual person’s slights,” Geddes said. “It is to demonstrate that the human condition within an organizational environment can be improved. That’s truly the goal and the social function of moral anger – to defend those who are vulnerable.”

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Fox ranks as nation’s largest provider of Risk Management and Insurance education

Dr. R.B. Drennan, Chair of Fox School’s Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management department

Dr. R.B. Drennan, Chair of Fox School’s Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management department

Temple University’s Fox School of Business has been ranked the largest provider of risk management and insurance education in the United States.

The Fox School’s Risk Management and Insurance program enrolls 475 undergraduate and 160 graduate students within 12 courses, earning it the No. 1 national ranking in a 2015 report by Business Insurance.

The program is the nation’s oldest, continuously running program of its kind. Also among the largest programs in the country, the Risk Management and Insurance program at Fox is home to the Sigma Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma. The chapter, the international professional fraternity’s largest, has earned the Edison L. Bowers award as best overall chapter in 18 of the last 23 years.

The Risk Management and Insurance program at Fox has earned a top-five national ranking for three consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Colleges edition.

“It’s always a tremendous accomplishment to earn a No. 1 ranking, and our accolade from Business Insurance is no exception,” said Dr. R.B. Drennan, Chair of Fox School’s Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management department, within which the Risk Management and Insurance program resides. “We look forward to enriching our programs and services in order to improve upon the exceptional business education we deliver, both of which have supported our expansion as the largest Risk Management and Insurance program in the nation.”

The 2015 Business Insurance directory of risk management schools lists the nation’s top colleges for those interested in careers in risk management and insurance. It also includes information on programs and courses offered, supplemental programs such as international experiences and internships, and accreditation status.

Business Insurance is a web-based news source that focuses on the risk management industry, providing in-depth analysis, case studies, and trends for professionals of all levels in the field.

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Entrepreneurship fostered at annual idea competition

Innovative Idea CompThe 18th annual Innovative Idea Competition used entrepreneurship to unite students across Temple University.

Temple’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) hosts the yearly competition, which encourages generation of innovative new products, services, and technologies as the foundation of new businesses. The most-recent competition, held Nov. 12 at Alter Hall and the Fox School of Business, welcomed 351 submissions from 12 different schools and colleges, marking a 39-percent increase in participation from 2014.

The competition not only features interdisciplinary submissions, but also encourages faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to compete for nine awards, said Ellen Weber, IEI’s Executive Director.

“This competition inspires students and demonstrates that entrepreneurship is a viable path,” said Ellen Weber, Executive Director of IEI. “It’s their first toe in the water in terms of getting their ideas out there.”
The Anne Nelson Grand Prize of $2,500 went to Stephen Peduto from the College of Engineering for his venture, Quick Stabilizing Carbon. Peduto’s idea, which earned first place in the Undergraduate track, creates a cast for broken bones that would expedite the healing time.

Entrants from the Fox School of Business received both first and second place in the Graduate, Faculty, Staff or Alumni track. Olawunmi Thomas-Quarcoo, a Fox School MBA candidate, took first place and $500 in prize money for Ka Bom Designs, a platform for female African clothing designers to market their creations. (Quarcoo also took first place and an additional $1,000 in the People’s Choice category.) In the same track, Fox MBA candidate Séverine Bandou earned second place and $500 for Myjé, a hair fragrance for people whose hair texture makes regular washing difficult. Originally from Paris, Bandou came up with the idea to remedy a problem she’s experienced personally.

First place in the Undergraduate category went to Fox School senior Tyler Stoltzfus for Seed Dyes. An Entrepreneurship and Innovation major, Stoltzfus created Seed Dyes as a sustainable textile dye. Taking home the $1000 prize, Stoltzfus’ Seed Dyes appeals to the competition’s social impact element.

Other Innovative Idea Competition winners included:

  • Sabrina Zouaghi, from the College of Science and Technology. Her venture, Self-Stabilizing Gloves, would provide a mechanism for stabilizing hand movement in people who suffer from muscle tremors. Zouaghi earned $1,000 for finishing in second place in the Undergraduate track and an additional $500 as the second-place winner in the People’s Choice category.
  • Camille Bell, an alumna from the School of Media and Communication. Her venture, Poundcake, provides a line of cake-inspired lipsticks that come in several shades for women of all different skin colors. Bell received $500, in addition to the competition’s Global Innovation prize.

Many of the ventures presented at the Innovative Idea Competition will go on to compete in the IEI’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl (BYOBB) this spring. The BYOBB encourages students to develop a comprehensive business plan and to test the functionality of their idea.

“It’s one thing to have an idea and another to test it,” Weber said. “The Innovative Idea Competition focuses on opportunity recognition and the generation of new, feasible ideas, while the BYOBB focuses on creating the business plans to execute an idea.”

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Fox School’s Online MBA ranked No. 1 nationally by U.S. News & World Report

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For the second straight year, the Online MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Fox Online MBA earned another perfect score of 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 ranking of the country’s best online MBA programs. This year, Fox’s program holds sole possession of the top spot, after having shared the honor in 2015 with the University of North Carolina and Indiana University.

In the same U.S. News ranking report, Fox’s Online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program received a No. 6 national ranking, jumping 25 spots to earn the highest ranking in program history.

U.S. News scored online MBA and BBA programs based upon student engagement; peer reputation; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. MBA programs were additionally scored for admissions selectivity.

“The Fox Online MBA and BBA programs connect cutting-edge technology and accredited, high-impact curriculum with an internationally recognized faculty to foster a dynamic learning community,” said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat. “It is with great pride that U.S. News & World Report has awarded our Online MBA program a No. 1 ranking for a second consecutive year, and also ranked our Online BBA among the nation’s best. These recognitions speak to the work of our Online and Digital Learning team, which delivers the best advancements in technology to a quality, online-format education.”

In the Fox Online MBA program, which first launched in Fall 2009, students benefit from a flexible curriculum carousel with multiple entry points. The Fox School’s Online MBA program opens with a weeklong residency at Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. The residency features a leadership course, networking, team building, professional development and special events. Each subsequent online course is delivered one at a time over four weeks, and the program can be completed in as quickly as 20 months.

The program employs a flipped-classroom approach, a 24/7, on-demand format that allows students to learn content at their leisure and collaborate with their peers and professors through digital dialogue. Then, in an integrated, synchronous online classroom setting, they are able to put what they have learned into practice.

Fox School’s Video Vault, a collection of more than 1,800 academic videos produced by Fox faculty, is a vital resource of the program, said Dr. Darin Kapanjie, the Academic Director of the Fox School Online MBA and BBA programs. The Video Vault features a searchable archive with HD-quality, mobile-friendly, transcribed videos that are engaging for the student.

The same technological support, award-winning faculty, educational prestige, and career development resources are available to students enrolled in Fox’s Online BBA program. Launched in 2012, the program’s No. 6 national ranking by U.S. News – its highest in program history – marks a 25-spot improvement from last year.

“These rankings by U.S. News & World Report would not have been possible without Fox’s commitment to providing exceptional online education within a dynamic and flexible learning environment,” Kapanjie said. “Our support staff, which includes instructional designers, video production specialists, and tech support, deliver invaluable resources to the school that make possible our Fox Video Vault and so much more. The reputation of our online programs at Fox is on the rise, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Merit scholarships are available, as are scholarship-incentive programs for Temple alumni and for corporate partners that have two or more employees simultaneously enrolled in the Fox Online MBA program. Financial aid counseling, professional development, and career counseling are offered to all students, and the Fox School and Temple University support the Yellow Ribbon Program for military personnel and veterans. In 2015, U.S. News ranked Fox’s Online MBA program the best in the nation for military veterans.

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Fox professor authors book on concussions, head trauma

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Concussions have forever altered the sports landscape, calling attention to an injury that is difficult to diagnose and spawning a major motion picture.

Dr. Samuel D. Hodge, Jr., professor from Temple University’s Fox School of Business has co-authored a book that approaches head trauma and brain injuries, including concussions, from the perspective of the medical, legal, and insurance fields.

The book, titled, “Head Trauma and Brain Injury for Lawyers,” is the latest by Hodge in a series of medical-legal guides he has penned for the American Bar Association (ABA). He’s written others spanning anatomy, the spine, and forensic autopsies.

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“We used to assume that boxers were just ‘punch drunk,’ or that a football player ‘got his bell rung,’ but now, obviously, we know better,” said Hodge, Professor of Legal Studies in Business at Fox, who also teaches anatomy at Temple’s Katz School of Medicine.

While the book delves into head trauma and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), Hodge said he and co-author Dr. Jack E. Hubbard, Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine, took a broader approach. The 580-page text, which was published in January, explains the neurological system, covers basic anatomy of the brain and its functions, and demonstrates how to understand and interpret diagnostic tests for this area of the body.

“What makes the book so interesting and its breadth so wide is that we have chapters on head injuries sustained in military combat, sports, third-party lawsuits, social-security disability, and workers compensation,” Hodge said. “Our approach, from both a medical and legal perspective, should make this the seminal book on this subject – not only for medical and legal professionals, but also for those in the insurance industry.”

TBIs contribute to roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In his research for the book, Hodge found that TBIs were the most-common injury incurred in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“On the surface, that is surprising,” he said. “But because our military personnel have full body armor, they’re protected from shrapnel in pretty much every other part of their bodies. But road landmines, explosions, and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) made concussions and other types of brain trauma the signature injury of the war.”

Concussion litigation has shaken the National Football League, as former players file federal lawsuits against the league both for failure to acknowledge the lasting effects of brain-related injuries, and to establish guidelines for the recognition and prevention of them. TBIs have been identified as a major cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a protein build-up that causes degeneration of the brain. The discovery of CTE, and the NFL’s initial refusal to address it, inspired Concussion, a film released in December 2015.

Dr. Robert C. Cantu, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at Boston University, who previously has urged the NFL to embrace medical findings pertaining to concussions and CTE, authored a chapter in Hodge’s book.

“Concussions aren’t simply a timely topic that will go away. People still lack a fundamental understanding of their effect on the brain,” Hodge said. “The contributions of Dr. Cantu, and other leading experts, to this book demonstrate the relevance of TBIs, concussions, and all head injuries today.”

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Tyler School of Art student wins Temple Analytics Challenge for second straight year

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Cassandra Reffner

For Cassandra Reffner, winning the Temple Analytics Challenge for a second straight year was about honing her visual storytelling skills one data set at a time.

“Graphic design isn’t just about making these things look nice, but also telling a story,” Reffner said.

A senior graphic design student from the Tyler School of Art, Reffner took home the $2,500 grand prize at the third annual Temple Analytics Challenge, held Nov. 16 in the MBA Commons at the Fox School of Business.

Organized by the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT), the competition awards prizes totaling $10,000, from corporate members of IBIT and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Temmple University. The Temple Analytics Challenge focuses on making sense of big data through visualization — a key component of data analytics cited by experts as a promising path to job opportunities.

This year, the Temple Analytics Challenge awarded 10 prizes totaling $10,000. The competition saw participation increase by 300 percent over the previous year, with 395 entries. Participating teams included 719 students from eight of Temple’s 17 schools and colleges, as well as students from the State University of New York and Cornell University. The finalists came from programs in the Tyler School of Art, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, the School of Media and Communications, the College of Public Health, and the Fox School of Business.

“The Temple Analytics Challenge emphasizes the Fox School’s commitment to teaching and research in the various fields connected to big data,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. “But big data and data visualization are academic components in which students across Temple University regularly engage. This truly was a university-wide competition.”

Corporate partners provided competitors with large sets of data that they must analyze and visualize in a way that is both innovative and accessible. This year’s partners included Merck Pharmaceuticals, QVC, and The Pennsylvania Ballet.

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Cassandra Reffner’s presentation on The Pennsylvania Ballet earned her the grand prize at the Temple Analytics Challenge for a second consecutive year.

Reffner, who won the Temple Analytics Challenge in 2014, chose to work with the data from The Pennsylvania Ballet, saying she could see the visuals presented within the data set. In the Pennsylvania Ballet challenge, students had to conceptualize the best way for the company to attract new audience members.

“With our limited resources, we just don’t have the time or the staff to do this kind of imagining,” said David Gray, executive director of The Pennsylvania Ballet. “Having so many smart and creative people trying to help us address challenges is a godsend.”

To expand on the project’s proposal, Reffner scrolled through various mentions the company received on social media — from Tweets and hashtags to status updates — to see what about the company got people talking. She said was intrigued by the company’s position as a “19th-century product for a 21st-century audience,” and drafted a plan that took this value and social media’s talk-back feature to improve customer interaction. She suggested a redesign of The Pennsylvania Ballet’s website to respond on all devices, including desktops, smartphones, and tablets, so customers could interact with the ballet by any means necessary.

“The main thing I look for (in the Temple Analytics Challenge) is to see if I can solve the problem, to really step into their shoes to see what they want,” Reffner said.

Reffner and 19 other finalists went before a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders, including representatives from Lockheed Martin, Campbell’s Soup Company, Deloitte Consulting and AmerisourceBergen. The judges were impressed with the overall dedication the students brought to the challenge.

Reffner, who received employment interest from two companies based upon her presentation, reflected positively on how the challenge opened up opportunities to students from all majors and schools.

“This competition is not focused toward any specific major,” Reffner said. “It’s people from all over the place that entered the competition. That’s why I love the Temple Analytics Challenge.”

Photo of presentationBeyond The Pennsylvania Ballet challenge, student participants had the choice of two others. The Merck challenge tasked students with synthesizing data to show how a vaccine will best benefit world health. QVC provided data relating to product placement in various markets and asked students to show how this data could predict where it should next focus its attention.

“Data alone is just information. It’s usage to inspire change or action and turning it into competitive intelligence is where the value lies, and the Temple Analytics Challenge did just that,” said Maurice Whetstone, QVC’s Director of Enterprise Data Management.

“Analytics in business, and especially in healthcare, is an amazing lever toward gaining unique insight to improve business performance,” said Bill Stolte, the Executive Director of Merck’s IT Business Performance Analytics. “It is an honor to be actively engaged in the Temple Analytics Challenge, and it is remarkable to watch Temple University students rapidly self-organize and use data and visualizations in innovative ways to solve complex problems.”