Economics Alumni Newsletter
August 2016

Tailgate with Economics Alumni

Saturday, Oct. 8 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Pepsi Tailgreat Park

You’re invited to the first-ever Economics Alumni Tailgate during Homecoming! Join us in the Economics Department tent and share lunch with fellow alumni, faculty, emeriti and staff. The event is complimentary to attend, but we ask that you RSVP online by Sept. 30.

Alumni Career Speakers Needed

Homecoming Week | Oct. 4-8

Homecoming week is Oct. 4-8, and the Economics Department is looking for alumni to talk to classes about their careers during the week.

All alumni are invited to a reception on Tuesday, Oct. 4, an internship forum on Oct. 5, and a job skills discussion on Oct. 6. If you’re interested, contact Economics Chair William Shambora at See information about OHIO Homecoming.

From the Chair: Can You Talk to Students About Careers?

By William Shambora, Department Chair, Ohio University Economics Department
Introductory Economics has not changed a whole lot since I took it back in 1969. We still teach supply and demand with graphical curves that meet at some mysterious equilibrium point. However, the field of economics has evolved, the world economy has changed dramatically. (U.S. real GDP per capita has more than doubled while China’s is up more than 30 times.) And the way education is being delivered is changing before our eyes. Change is always accompanied by challenges. We are continually trying to learn and adapt…. Our best sources of real-world input are our alumni and friends…. Read more.

Alumni News

Dennis Minichello Practices Civil Litigation in Chicago

Ohio University alum Dennis Minichello is currently a shareholder in the Chicago law firm of Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C., where he works in general civil litigation including maritime and transportation, products liability and insurance defense, including the defense of religious and charitable organizations.
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Robert Fry Discusses Benchmarking Company Growth to GDP

"There are two main reasons why gross domestic product might not be a good benchmark for your company’s volume growth," writes alum Robert Fry in a column on "Economic Outlook | Growing with GDP ... or Not." Read more.

Scot Millen Named to Community Board in Maryland

An Ohio University Economics alum, Scot Millen, is one of five new board members announced by the Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County, MD, nonprofits, reports citybizlist. Read more.

University Remembers Economics Alum Kimenyi, Africa Growth Initiative Scholar

Ohio University Economics alum and renowned Kenyan scholar and economist Mwangi Samson Kimenyi died June 6, 2015, in Maryland. Read more.

Faculty News

Vedder Describes Five Ways that 'Adults' are Putting Students' Future at Risk

Dr. Richard Vedder, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, made his presentation on Capitol Hill half an hour early so he could catch a plane back to Ohio University to talk with students about why “adults” are putting their future at risk.
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Master of Financial Economics Program Ranks #9 in Nation

Ohio University's Master of Financial Economics program—now offered online—is ranked #9 in the Financial Engineer’s 2015 Master of Financial Economics Rankings, the most comprehensive rankings for graduate financial economics programs in the United States. Read more.

Student News

3 Undergrads Correlate Tuition and Graduation Rates in Forbes Article

Three Ohio University undergraduates authored a column in Forbes on "Schools Charging by the Credit Hour Have Lower Graduation Rates." The trio—Rob Hammer, David Holman, and Sam Kissinger—work as research associates at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Read more.

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Alumni Travel Opportunities

You loved their courses, do you want to travel with them, too?

The College of Arts & Sciences is exploring a number of programs where alumni could take advantage of faculty-led excursions, from a day in Southeast Ohio to a week in Ireland or Scotland. Take a look and let us know.

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