Friday, June 11, 2010

Finance professor awarded Fulbright to teach in Moldova

Dr. William McCarty, professor emeritus of commercial law, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholar grant to teach in Moldova.

McCarty, who retired from WMU’s Haworth College of Business in 2006, will be teaching international business and business ethics to students at Moldova State University in Chisnau, Moldova, for the fall, 2010 term.

“This is truly a tribute to McCarty, but also a credit to WMU and the business college,” says Dr. Judy Swisher, chair of the Department of Finance and Commercial Law. “This is the second Fulbright for Bill, who taught and conducted Japanese corporate governance research at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo in 2004. It is also unique in that he is retired.”

“I’ve been interested in international business since my student days when I was an exchange student in the Netherlands,” says McCarty. “Teaching in a country that once was a part of the Soviet Union and now seeking closer ties with the European Union and the west in general should be very interesting and enlightening. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and academic knowledge while also learning more about the people in that part of the world.”

McCarty earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to coming to WMU in 1970, he worked in Chicago at the Continental Illinois National Bank and for a small law firm.

McCarty has published numerous articles in legal and international business journals and is also the co-author of several textbooks includng "Modern Business Law" and "The Legal Environment of e-Businesss". His principle teaching areas are legal environment of business, international business law and business ethics. In addition, he has led a number of seminars for college business students abroad in Europe and Asia during his years at WMU.

The grant was made possible through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Fulbright grants are made to US citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Advertising senior honored by Adcraft Club of Detroit.

A WMU advertising and promotion senior is among just four students statewide to win 2010-11 scholarships from the Adcraft Club of Detroit's Adcraft Foundation.

Kara M. Hensley of Woodhaven, Mich, received a scholarship for $2,500. A senior majoring in advertising and promotion and minoring in psychology, she is an executive board member of the WMU Ad Club. She will be an intern with Biggs|Gilmore Communications in Kalamazoo for the 2010-11 academic year. Hensley was nominated for the scholarship by Dr. JoAnn Atkin, associate professor in marketing.

“I nominated Kara because she's our top student in the program. Plus she's a big thinker - she believes advertising is more than what we buy. She's very socially and ethically minded of the profession. She exemplifies the best of our program, students, and university,” says Atkin.

The Adcraft Club of Detroit is the nation's largest advertising club. Its foundation annually awards cash grants to advertising and marketing students from Michigan universities. Students are nominated by faculty members and must submit an application and transcript, along with an essay demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the advertising business. Winners and their faculty advisors are honored at a reception and luncheon in Detroit.