College of Business

Tax documents along with a pen, mouse, coffee mug and laptop.
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay (used with permission).

Tax season is upon us. It’s time to gather the documents, be aware of any changes that affect you and decide how you’ll file. 

Dr. Kerri Tassin, assistant professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, offers taxpayers some helpful tips and advice.

Read the full transcript

Not seeing eye to eye with someone? Need to find a solution without going to the courts? Dr. Stan Leasure, business law professor at Missouri State University, says alternative dispute methods might be your best bet.

The holiday season is here. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend about $1,048 on average during the 2019 holiday season. This is a 4% increase from last year.

For many, with that spending comes stress and anxiety about how to pay for the gifts, travel and other expenses during the holidays.

Protect Yourself Online

Oct 22, 2019
A man working on a laptop with the word "Security" above him.
Image by methodshop from Pixabay.

While the field of cybersecurity is advancing daily, cyberattacks are still a big threat. In 2018, hackers stole half a billion personal records, a more than 100% jump from 2017.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” It emphasizes personal accountability and the need to take proactive steps to secure your personal information.

Photo via https://www.goodfreephotos.com

June is Great Outdoors Month in America. It reminds us to connect with nature and explore fun outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping and paddling. 

The 2019 tax return filing season is here, and there are some major changes thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

From updates to tax rates to deductions and more, filing your taxes this year can seem a bit more daunting than in years past. 

Dr. Kerri Tassin, assistant professor in the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University, highlights what taxpayers should look out for.

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get carried away with celebrating and spending.

But with 2017 coming to a close in a couple of weeks, this is the time to perform a financial health checkup. Knowing where you stand on your finances before year-end is a smart move to make.

Stephanie Bryant
Submitted Photo / Missouri State University

The dean of Missouri State University’s College of Business will depart in December after six and half years on the job.

Stephanie Bryant has accepted the role of executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“I will dearly miss the students, faculty, athletes and coaches, MSU leadership team, friends, and community of Springfield,” Bryant said in a statement Monday. “My years as a Bear will always have a special place in my heart.

It’s tough for an author to get published by one of the Big Five publishers, but Ozarks native Nancy Allen has done it.

Allen, who practiced law in Missouri for 15 years, is not only the author of the Ozarks Mystery Series published by HarperCollins, but she’s also teaming up with best-selling author James Patterson on a new book.

The job search has certainly changed over the past couple of decades. What once was a success tactic may now be seen as out of step and disqualifying. Vickie Hicks, corporate relations specialist for the College of Business at Missouri State University, says the College of Business is proud of its reputation and the quality of students they produce. To make them more market ready, Hicks says they require all students to attend a workshop before attending the business career fair, which she has grown from 130 to 180 employers during her tenure.

Everybody wants financial freedom and to live comfortably, but it’s a daunting task. Dr. James Philpot, associate professor of finance at Missouri State University, explains what he means by getting your finances in order.

As a certified financial planner, Philpot recommends individuals begin planning for retirement, long-term care and estate planning immediately – or rather, yesterday. As salary increases or as markets change, it’s good to reevaluate the plans.

When you die, will your survivors know your immediate wishes? They will if you have completed some basic financial estate planning. Dr. James Philpot, associate professor of finance at Missouri State University, first explains what the term means.

While making sure these plans are in place is incredibly important, Philpot urges listeners to not only complete them, but to communicate openly about them to all those involved.

Groundbreaking For MSU’s Glass Hall Expansion This Fall

Jul 30, 2015
Khadijah Forrest, KSMU

Officials will break ground Oct. 15 to begin renovations to Glass Hall on the Missouri State University campus. In June, the Board of Governors authorized the issuance of bonds to construct the planned addition, renovations and improvements to the building, which houses the College of Business.

In a world that is constantly connected to the Internet, an increasingly large number of cyberattacks happen daily. These hacks can cause great damage, from personal identity theft to shutting down a nation’s Internet for an extended period of time. According to Dr. Shannon McMurtrey, professor of computer information systems and director of the cybersecurity graduate program at Missouri State University, these cyberattacks will be the future of warfare.  

  Most standard applications and interviews consist of questions relating to ability. Are you a good communicator? Do you handle high-pressure situations well? Do you work well with others? These questions are all relevant and necessary, but what if employers’ primary focus should be instead on other characteristics of the employee?

Dr. Wes Scroggins, associate professor of management at Missouri State University, has been researching different ways for employers to approach both hiring new employees and managing overall employee performance.