How does a New Jersey-based professor end up in Southeast Asia’s Mekong Delta, helping to steer essential business costs and services to some of the poorest communities in Vietnam? For Dr. Lauren Eder, professor and chair of the Computer Information Systems department at Rider University, it’s a matter of building an economy, one fisher or farmer at a time.
- Faculty Spotlight on John Donovan
Alumnus Creates Tool to Assist Small Businesses
How can employers ensure that they are hiring and retaining their best employees, especially in a volatile job market? Dr. John Donovan, associate professor and the new chair of the Department of Management, is providing insight from his current research concerning workplace behaviors, including job applicant dishonesty and employee motivation. Dishonesty among job applicants is on the rise, Donovan says, due to personality tests given by employers that allow individuals to skew their answers in order to be seen more favorably. Donovan, who has been researching this particular topic since graduate school, is exploring how often employees lie about their information.
Relying on his 24 years of experience in employee health benefits and insurance, Timothy J. Morrison ’83, president of Benefit Design Specialists, Inc., recently teamed up with fellow Rider alumnus Guy DelGrande ’83, president of Tekmark Global Solutions, LLC., to launch the Small Business Tax Credit Calculator™. Designed for small businesses, accountants, tax preparers, payroll administrators and benefits professionals, the Web-based program helps them to accurately calculate the exact amount of tax credit due for use in filing their yearly tax returns.
Dr. Hope Corman Teaches New Zealanders as an Erskine Fellow
As a 2010 Erskine Fellow, Dr. Hope Corman, professor of Economics at Rider University, taught a special topics health-economics course to a post-graduate honors class this summer at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Corman, who was in New Zealand from July 6 through August 23, said she was thrilled to learn that she had been selected for the prestigious fellowship, and she thought it was a great opportunity to teach and work collaboratively in a different country.
Scratch and Sniff — Students Take Tour of Fragrance and Flavor Giant Firmenich
A dozen Rider students had the opportunity to explore the inside operations of Firmenich Inc., the world’s largest privately owned company in the fragrance and flavor industry, when they took a site visit to its Plainsboro, N.J., location on October 22.
During the Leadership Trip, sponsored by Rider’s Center for the Development of Leadership Skills, the students took a tour of the fragrance laboratory facilities, learned about the company’s background and how it remains competitive in today’s market.