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Sixth Annual Northrim Roast and Boast

School of Management students and staff. Photo by Greg Martin.

Local coffee roasters and cafés showed off their specialty items on Friday, Nov. 17, at the 2017 annual Roast and Boast, an event organized by students in a School of Management marketing class. For the sixth year, the School of Management partnered with Northrim Bank to host this community event, which featured baked goods, fresh pressed juices and plenty of hot beverages.

Six businesses showcased their creations at the event: Bagels & Brew, Diving Duck at Lunch Café & Eatery, Go Wild Superfood Café and Juicery, Little Owl Café, North Pole Coffee Roasting Co., and Sipping Streams Tea Co. All participants donated homemade baked goods or gift certificates for the door prizes, and the first 100 attendees received a special “goodie bag.” The grand prize was a Viper remote start system from Street Sounds.

Students in the Principles of Marketing class helped organize and market the event, gaining organizational management, budgeting, team-building and event-planning experience. Mitchell Brower is a senior majoring in business administration and part of the student team working on the class project. “I learned quite a bit while doing this project,” said Brower. “I knew there was a lot that went into hosting and throwing an event, but I didn’t realize there was quite as much as we were doing.”

A cumulative gift of $75,000, from Joe and Barbara Beedle and Northrim Bank, to honor Joe Beedle, SOM alumnus, upon his retirement from Northrim Bank was presented to School of Management at the event.

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School of Management students and staff and executives from Northrim bank pose with the generous donation from Northrim Bank and Joe and Barbra Beedle. Photo by Greg Martin.

No Microscope Required

When you think of undergraduate research you tend to think of geoscience, chemistry or biology. At UAF, the resource for undergraduate students to engage in research is URSA (Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity). School of Management student Esul “Pomi” Chafin recently embarked on a research project all without a microscope, lasers or counting any animals.

Pomi is a business administration major who graduated in May 2017. She learned about the URSA opportunity through Professor Josh Lupinek’s Entertainment & Sports Event Management course. “I competed against other students for the opportunity,” Pomi said. “But due to my data analysis and research experience from working at UA Statewide, I was chosen for the project.”

Pomi’s summer 2016 research project applied the 80/20 rule to the National Hockey League (NHL) to determine whether the top 20% of players, in terms of salaries, actually produced the highest performance levels – equal to 80% of the scoring in games. Overall, she found that the top players only score about 50% of the goals. She also concluded that hockey is more of a team sport and goals are spread out among all the players.

Taking her project to the next level, Pomi requested, and received, additional funding from URSA to present her completed project, “The 80/20 Experience: An analysis of NHL salaries and why ice hockey is the ultimate team game,” at the 2017 Global Sport Business Association (GSBA) conference in Cozumel, Mexico. “I did the research to get more data analysis experience but I got so much more,” Pomi said. “I gained professional development, I learned about deadlines, which is a big part of data analysis, and I improved my public speaking skills.”

Pomi also presented her research at the URSA Research Day in April 2017 (which is required for all students who receive URSA funding) and won the School of Management Dean’s Choice award of $500 for her poster. “This experience took me out of my comfort zone. It really improved my speaking and communication skills, and helped me develop professionally,” Pomi said. “I would tell current SOM students to try research because it’s not just for science students. Research is a very important part of business and it’s a great addition to your resume.”

Pomi plans to publish her work through the GSBA journal in fall 2017. She will also be entering the School of Management MBA program in the fall.

Beta Gamma Sigma 2017

On Friday, May 5, 2017, SOM honored our Beta Gamma Sigma inductees for 2017.

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society recognizing the highest scholastic honor a student can achieve in Business Administration at an AACSB accredited institution. To be eligible for membership in this distinguished
organization, a student must rank in the top of their class.

  • Top 10 percent of the Junior class
  • Top 10 percent of the Senior class
  • Top 20 percent of MBA students


Katie Damon
Tara Ann Ellis
Jillianne Fazakerley
Lutfi Lena
Marisa Martinez
Laura McCready
Christa Ogawa
Myzah Tuiletufuga


Mylissa Maclin
Jeffery Maring
Paige Martin
Kathryn Pound
Emily Sawyer
Haley Tuttle
Claressa Ullmayer
Josiah Whelchel
Gracelynn Wiseman


Jamie Boyle
Andrea Ferrante
Tara McGrogan
Omo Oisamoje
Carrie Santoro
Christina Tachick


Amy Cooper

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Congratulations Graduates!


Congratulations to all the 2016-17 SOM Graduates!

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 they celebrated the culmination of hours of studying, numerous papers and presentations, and stressful exams. Combine all that with juggling work, family, and out-of-classroom activities necessary to prepare for careers, and these students should feel proud that they are ready to lead into the future.

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Order of the Sword & Shield Induction

On Friday, April 28th, the School of Management held our second annual induction for our Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) students into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society.  These students met the rigorous academic requirements for induction into the only honor society tailored to students in the homeland security and emergency management fields.

The new inductees were welcomed into the society by previous inductees, Thomas Antal, Jason Fegurgur and Wally Murrell. This stellar accomplishment by our students is yet another example of how this nationally ranked HSEM program continues to grow and excel.

BEM Seniors

Adam Biernat
Craig Briske
Daniel Gallagher
James Gilchrest
Nathan Johnson
Evan Kressly
Keith Person
Floyd Wright Jr.
Brooke Zellweger

MSDM Students

Henry Eshleman
David Mattox

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