Business & Economics Department News

Fall 2011

Under the direction of Professor Henrique Cezar, JSC now has an Investment Club. The club will meet regularly to discuss topics related to finance and investments. The students will participate in a stock market competition with Champlain College, St. Mike's and UVM. The club's future plans include financial consulting, with student members offering financial-consulting services to the JSC community.

With help from the Lamoille County Planning Commission and Lamoille Economic Development, JSC students released a study of second homeowners in Lamoille County. They found that these part-time county residents contribute nearly $50 million to the county annually. The report was prepared in last spring's Quantitative Analysis class taught by Professor Jim Black and involved questionnaires sent to 1,250 secondhomeowners identified through grand lists in Lamoille County. Second homeowners represent about 6% of the county's population.

Spring 2011

Professor Jim Black and his students co-sponsored and participated in a special event at the Vermont State House on February 8 marking National Entrepreneurship Week. They joined business people, educators, political leaders and others to award prizes to high school and elementary students who created posters commemorating the event.

Summer 2010

Professor Henrique Cezar led an international class trip to the east coast of Brazil this summer. The class teamed up with the faculty and students of the tourism program at the Universidad Federal de Pernambuco in the town of Recife. The objectives of this class trip are twofold: to immerse JSC students in another country’s traditions and to stimulate cultural integration between the two groups of students.

Spring 2010

Business students Jocelyn Kirby and Justin Raymond, working under the supervision of Professor Norman McElvany, conducted a research project for the Union

Bank in Morrisville. The primary purpose of the survey was to help the bank determine current and future services its Generation X and Generation Y customers are using or would like to see offered. The semester-long project involved surveying students from Johnson State and Lyndon State colleges.

Students in Environmental Interpretation, taught

by Professor Todd Comen, developed interpretive panels for Morse Farm Sugarhouse in Montpelier. the interpretive themes included coexisting with beaver, biodiversity and vernal pools, and maple sugaring through the generations. owner Burr Morse met with the students three times and expressed his enthusiasm for the professional outcome of this project-based learning experience.

Professor Jim Black has been appointed to the board of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.

A March workshop attracted 36 participants who joined facilitator Mary (Mimi) Galligan Mathieu, a part-time instructor in the Business Dept., to learn about “Creating

Effective Partnerships.” The workshop was cosponsored

by People in Partnership, Johnson State College, and Common Good Vermont.

Fall 2009

Professor Jim Black is now producing frequent "Lamoille Now" shows for cable access TV. He also is a member of the new board of directors for the reorganized Johnson Works Community Organization Inc. The organization focuses on helping downtown Johnson develop as a vital and diverse community center. The 14-member board also includes part time instructor Leila Bandar (Fine & Performing Arts), who serves as vice president, and Renate Callahan (Business/Economics), who is the group's treasurer.