Master of Science in Administration alum Sandy Wynne was awarded the Vermont Association of Realtor’s “Good Neighbor” award at the group’s annual conference on October, 2, 2012. The award was in recognition of Sandy’s leadership role in promoting fair trade products in Burlington and throughout Vermont. Since becoming involved in the movement, Sandy has organized several fair trade days and forums in Burlington and appeared numerous times on campus to explain fair trade concepts to a number of classses. This past fall, she helped organize a fair trade forum on campus and bring several Guatemalan workers to speak to students. More information on fair trade in Vermont can be found at http://fairtradeburlington.wordpress.com/
On September 10, 2012, The Department of Business Administration & Accounting sponsored a presentation by Jude Blanchette, formerly of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (AERF), entitled “Great Myths about Today’s China.” Between 2006 and mid-2012, Jude was based in Shanghai and Beijing as the Asian representative for AERF, working with individuals and groups throughout region attempting to advance the cause of liberty and the rule of law. Prior to joining the foundation, Jude worked as a special correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and later worked for KPMG.
Jude, a native Vermonter, spoke to students from Prof. Robert Letovsky’s International Marketing, Ethical Issues in Business and Consumer Behavior classes in a combined session held in the Cheray Science Hall. His presentation drew on his work in China, coupled with his extensive knowledge of Chinese history, politics, government, economics and culture and his experiences in a dozen countries across Asia. He addressed a number of the questions many Americans are asking about our relationship with China going forward, focusing on the country’s political and economic evolution and what they may mean for us.
The day after his presentation to our students, Jude left for the United Kingdom, where he was to begin working on a Master’s in Chinese Studies at Oxford University.
On September 19, 2012, Tom Hughes returned to campus to speak to Prof. Kristi Brown’s Internal Controls class. Tom has been a frequent speaker on campus over the years, and his presentations describing his personal journey following conviction for a series of frauds has had a real impact on our students (Tom’s previous presentation on his experiences was in November, 2011 and can be see by going to the “In the Classroom” posting on Feb. 26, 2012). Tom has now developed a more accounting-oriented presentation, which he first delivered to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners at their annual conference in Austin, TX, and to the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2011, Tom was appointed by then-Vermont Auditor General Tom Salmon to serve on a special anti-fraud advisory panel. His presentation to Prof. Brown’s class addressed some of the steps small business owners should be taking to reduce the risk of internal fraud. A recording of the presentation can be seen at: https://tegr.it/y/ocj8
On October 10, 2012, the Department co-sponsored a panel discussion on shareholder advocacy. The event, organized by Prof. Paul Olsen, featured a panel which included nationally known experts Seamus Finn, OMI, of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and Shelley Alpern, Director of Research and Advocacy at Clean Yield Asset Management. Also on the panel were Anne. W. Doremus, Vice President of Hanson & Doremus Investment Management of Burlington, and Prof. Olsen. The discussion was held before an overflow audience at McCarthy Arts Center recital hall.
Matthew P. Goulet ’12 is a staff accountant with Sullivan & Powers in Montpelier, VT. The firm specializes in audit work for municipalities and nonprofit organizations. Matt reports that the partners of the firm were especially impressed with his senior thesis, done under the supervision of Prof. Frank Farina, which focused on internal controls for municipalities.