David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Dean's Message Feb/March 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends of CSUN and COBAE,

Thank you for taking a look at the first issue of The Bottom Line for 2014.  I hope you will share in the pride I have felt as recent months have added to the evidence of the quality of our programs, the achievements of our students and alumni, and the outstanding work of our faculty and staff. 

Student success is CSUN’s number-one strategic priority and COBAE students continue to shine.  Sven Saaretalu and Kamie Valenza placed 2nd in the Industry Issues Competition at the 2014 Arizona Institute, the annual conference for members of the Society of Financial Service Professionals - the first time in the history of the competition that undergraduate students have achieved such high placement.  Kamie Valenza, Chanel Crigler, Jarren Mahaindra, Jae Hyun Kwon, Shannon Murphy and Hunter Hays won third place in the Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year Competition, marking the fourth consecutive year that COBAE teams have placed in this prestigious national event.

Leveraging their CSUN degrees, our alumni are also achieving distinction.  The end of 2013 brought the news that graduates of our young but already nationally recognized CFP program to date have a 100% pass rate on the CFP certification exam.  Accounting alumna Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, was the 2013 recipient of the AICPA Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.

Our productive faculty members have continued to expand the body of knowledge in their disciplines and to influence the practice of business domestically and internationally.  Kiren Dosanjh and Earl Weiss of the Accounting & Information Systems Departments and their coauthor, Business Honors student and accountancy major Razmik Kajberuni, are the authors of “In Pari Delicto:  Does the Doctrine Protect Auditors from Liability?" which appears in the January/February 2014 edition of California CPA.  A coauthored paper by Rishma Vedd and Keji Chen of the Accounting & Information Systems Department and MSA student Nataliya Yassinski, “Country & Industry Factor Influence on Investment in Latin American Emerging Markets,” is in the current issue of The International Journal of Business and Finance Research.   Meanwhile, “Tactical Asset Allocation with Macroeconomic Factors” by James Chong and Michael Phillips and “Offline Oversubscription, Issue Size and Market Momentum: The Driving Forces for ChiNext IPO’s Initial Underpricing” by Zhong-Guo Zhou, all of the Finance, Financial Planning & Insurance Department, are awaiting publication in Journal of Wealth Management and The Chinese Economy, respectively.  

Through grant- and contract-funded projects, members of our faculty meeting the needs of our community, region and state.   Examples include the work of Rafi Efrat (Accounting & Information Systems Department) and the Bookstein Tax Clinic, supported by grants from the U.S. Treasury Department, to provide community-education and dispute-resolution services to low-income taxpayers, Kent Hymel’s (Economic Department) contract from the Center for California Studies to examine effects of multiple socio-economic factors on personal, commercial and public-vehicle usage in our state, and Rick Moore’s (Management Department) contract from the California Legislative Counsel Bureau to provide management and leadership training.  

On the national scene, Joy Griffin, director of COBAE’s Business Honors Program, has been named vice president of development for the Small Business Institute.  Glen Whitman of the Economics Department, co-editor of a forthcoming book Economics of the Undead, was quoted in a March 4 article in The Wall Street Journal about scholars who are using the zombie metaphor in their teaching and research. Demonstrating that our multitalented faculty have a passion for life beyond their professional pursuits, the Marketing Department's Curt Dommeyer claimed gold medals in the 60+ mixed doubles and 65+ men’s doubles, silver in the 65+ mixed doubles, and finished as a semifinalist in the 60+ men’s doubles at the U.S. Senior International Badminton Championships held in Miami Lakes, Florida.

Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of CSUN and COBAE.  Please consider updating us on developments in your personal and professional life and giving back to COBAE via the links shown at the bottom of this newsletter. 

With warm regards,

Kenneth R. Lord, Ph.D.

Dean

College of Business & Economics

California State University, Northridge