Northwestern well represented at international conference in Chicago

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Northwestern well represented at international conference in Chicago

April 10, 2012

 MBAA Conference
(From left) While attending the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) Conference in Chicago, Grant Frownfelter, Dawn Randolph, Haley Sturgeon, Brandi Fisher, Bethany Duhon, Dr. Carole McKenzie, Mary Brune and Paul Bucky, presented research on Bio-Touch, the simple hands-on healing technique that can be used to address a number of health problems.   

Six Northwestern Oklahoma State University professors and five students participated in this year’s MBAA International Conference held at the end of March in Chicago.

MBAA brings together approximately 750 business professors and professionals from across the United States, along with several foreign countries. The conference is comprised of 12 different affiliated organizations representing most business disciplines.

Those attending from Northwestern’s Division of Nursing included Dr. Carole McKenzie, professor of nursing and chair; Mary Brune, instructor of nursing, and five nursing seniors, Grant Frownfelter and Bethan Duhon, of Enid; Dawn Randolph, Noble; Haley Sturgeon, Meno; and Brandi Fisher, Mooreland.

Nursing students presented “Managing Stress with Bio-Touch: A Non-Invasive Tool for Achieving Balance.” The students also demonstrated Bio-Touch techniques throughout the conference in the exhibitor area.

Bio-Touch is a simple, hands-on healing technique that can be used to address a number of health concerns.
Paul Bucky, executive director of International Foundation of Bio-Magnetics (IFBM), presented “Changing a Culture” with McKenzie. The two also participated in doing Bio-Touch at a booth during the conference.

“Several conference attendees commented positively on the professionalism and character of the nursing students,” said Dr. Steven Palmer, chair of the Division of Business. “The students represented the university and northwest Oklahoma with honor.”

Two Northwestern business faculty members were elected to an office in affiliated MBAAorganizations. Dr. Jim Breyley, associate professor of business, was elected president of the Business, Society and Government (BSG) Consortium. Breyley also will be the program co-chair for the BSG track at the 2013 MBAA International Conference.

Palmer was elected secretary of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in business.

Four business professors also presented papers at the conference. Dr. Ralph Bourret, assistant professor of accounting, presented the paper, “Using the Big Bath Theory to Test: Do CEOs from Financially Sound Firms Exhibit Opportunistic Behavior Prior to a Voluntary Non-Routine Departure?”

Dr. Wei Zhou, assistant professor of economics, presented “Factors Influencing Demand for Olive Oil in German Restaurants: An Empirical Analysis of Away-from-home Markets.” She co-authored this topic with Dr. Ronald Ward from the University of Florida.

Breyley presented his paper on “Home Ownership: A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Approaches.”

Palmer also presented three papers at the conference, “Should BUS 101 Be Included within the General Education Curriculum?,” co-authored by Dr. Don Yates from Louisiana State University – Alexandria; “Telecommuting – Alternative Work Schedule for Faculty in the Digital Age,” co-authored with Dr. Lee Weyant of Kutztown University; and “Don Fehr Trades his Ball for a Puck: Will He Continue to Score?,” co-authored by Dr. Jordan Kobritz from Eastern New Mexico University and Dr. Jeffrey Levine from the Phoenix School of Law.

Weyant and Palmer won the best paper award from the BSG Consortium for their paper on telecommuting. The paper also was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business, Society and Government. The Don Fehr paper written by Kobritz, Palmer and Levine was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Business, Society and Government Consortium.

Palmer also chaired and participated in two panel discussions at the conference. The first panel discussion concerned online teaching. The second panel titled, “Utilizing Simulations in Business Curriculum – Panel Discussion,” drew a full room.