After teaching at Berea for 28 years at Berea College, Dr. Clifford B. Sowell, Professor of Economics, has retired from the Economics and Business Department. He served as department chair, on various college committees and was promoted to the George W. Matton Chair of Economics.Cliff received his A.B. from Florida State University and Ph.D. from University of Georgia and came to Berea in 1981.Cliff and wife, Julie, also retired from Berea College Public Relations Department, now reside near Savannah, Georgia.
During Summer 2010, four Economics and Business Department students participated, along with faculty mentor Trish Isaacs, in Financial Literacy Essentials, as part of the college’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Program (URCPP). The students were Alex Huynh, a junior accounting student; Christelle Louis, a senior finance student; Winnifred Arthur, a sophomore economics major; and Daniel Barasa, a sophomore economics major.The students researched available financial literacy training materials and resources, then developed four financial literacy workshops tailored specifically to Berea College first-year students. Workshop topics include Cash Management/Budgeting, Paying for a College Education, Savings, and Debt. These workshops, originally scheduled for October 2010, were rescheduled for January 2011. They will be presented to first-year students in coordination with Students in Free Enterprise.
Juli Gaworski of Lexmark’s Corporate Citizenship & Inclusion Division, were the guest speakers at Kathi Shrider’s Introduction to Business class on Monday, September 20, 2010. Thirty-one students attended. A pizza lunch was provided by the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund.Their presentation focused on corporate social responsibility and charitable giving. Ms. Gaworski displayed her enthusiasm for her particular areas of interest—diversity and volunteerism. She emphasized the fact that social responsibility is really about sustainability.
Ms. Brooke Stephens made a presentation to the student body on October 28, 2010, entitled Planning a Successful Financial Life in an Uncertain Market. Ms. Stephens is a 20 year veteran of Wall Street who has worked with Chase Manhattan Bank, as a trade officer in West Africa, and as a senior investment consultant for Citicorp in New York. Now a regular personal finance commentator on NPR, PBS, and CNN, she is an author and lecturer who discusses money in ways ordinary people can understand.After the convocation, Economics and Business students had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Ms. Stephens. Approximately 50 students participated. They enjoyed further conversation with our speaker as well as snacks provided by the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund.
Students toured the Save-A-Lot Distribution Plant on October 22, 2010.Save-A-Lot, Ltd., is a division of SuperValu Foods, the nation`s second largest food wholesaler. The 396,000-square-foot distribution facility was built in 1998 and is located on a 34-acre site in Winchester Industrial Park in Winchester, Ky.Highlighting the single-level building is a sophisticated 384,000-square-foot distribution area that is temperature-zoned to accommodate storage of both perishable and dry goods. The building also contains 9,000 square feet of Class A office space with meeting and conference rooms, a dispatch area and an employee cafeteria.
Following the tour students had a question and answer session on production and operations of the plant. Dinner was provided at a local restaurant with funds from the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund.