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Business education can start at any age

Welcome to Susquehanna University’s Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship Education! We are excited to support K-12 educators through the development of new and exciting mechanisms to integrate business education into the classroom. By providing professional development training for educators, the center seeks to increase overall business literacy among young people in the Susquehanna Valley region and the state of Pennsylvania and prepare them to be:

  • Business leaders
  • Educated voters
  • Knowledgeable consumers
  • Prudent savers and investors
  • Effective participants in the global economy
  • Entrepreneurial thinkers and competent decision makers throughout their lives

We aim to serve all K-12 educators (teachers, counselors, home schoolers) by hosting free workshops, seminars, lectures and competitions that will seek to make economics, business, and entrepreneurship concepts more understandable, fun and easier to teach through innovative and new pedagogical techniques. We will also host seminars, workshops and other events designed to educate the students themselves, and the public at large.

The center is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education and as such, teachers can earn continuing professional education hours for attending under ACT 48.

Economics and business knowledge, financial literacy and entrepreneurial thinking are crucial to being a successful adult. Our goal is to help ensure children in central Pennsylvania have access to a quality education on these topics.

We are still creating our final calendar for the 2017-18 academic year, but we are excited to announce two day-long events in October and January.

All-day Workshop: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Jadrian Wooten — (Penn State)

Financial Literacy & Sports

"Can Athletes Really Go Broke? Financial Literacy Advice and Tips for Success" (Suitable for High school business teachers interested in financial literacy)

Moneyball Simulator: teaching Marginal Revenue Product using Moneyball (suitable for high school economics teachers)

Georgann Jouflas — (Colorado Mesa University)

Exploring and Developing the Entrepreneurial Mindset (suitable for grades 8-12)

Theresa Finley & Peter Dadalt — (Susquehanna University)

The 'market' for Halloween Candy (suitable for Grades 8-12)

Presenter Biographies

Jadrian Wooten

Jadrian Wooten

Jadrian Wooten is currently an assistant teaching professor at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests are in managerial and labor related issues in sports as well as teaching pedagogy. He is also deeply involved in developing teaching resources for university and high school economics instructors.

Georgann Jouflas

Georgann Jouflas

Georgann Jouflas received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. While obtaining her MBA, Ms. Jouflas worked in the government liaison office for a major oil conglomerate reporting on congressional and agency hearings. Upon graduating, Ms. Jouflas worked for a Los Angeles software company. This company grew from “garage start-up” to the second largest value-added IBM reseller in Los Angeles. In this entrepreneurial venture, Ms. Jouflas was a Product Manager, developing a vertical market software product. She was responsible for product feature implementation, beta test sites, technical support, and sales. Ms. Jouflas learned the practical side of entrepreneurship while growing up. She actively participated in the operation in her family’s sheep ranching operation and real estate management business.

In 1990, Ms. Jouflas returned to western Colorado and was the owner operator of a restaurant/bakery and a restaurant/nightclub. During this time, she also was CEO of a small food manufacturing company whose products were carried by several major food distributors in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver. Ms. Jouflas has been a business instructor at Colorado Mesa University since 1991 and a business consultant for small entrepreneurial companies across western Colorado.

Peter Dadalt

Peter Dadalt

Dr. Peter DaDalt is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. His research interests include Corporate Credit Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Earnings Management, and Finance Education. He teaches courses on Financial Management and Security Analysis, and also serves as faculty advisor to the Susquehanna University’s Student-Managed Investment Fund.

Theresa Finley

Theresa Finley

Dr. Theresa Finley is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. Her research interests include Economic History and the Economics of Religion. She teaches courses on Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Economic Policy and Economic History. In her classes, Dr. Finley uses games to teach a variety of economic concepts.

All-day Workshop: Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Jessie Jones — (Young Entrepreneur Institute, Ohio)

Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Your Classroom — activities in innovation and self expression

Implementing a Business Pitch Contest for Elementary Students

Business Plan Basics for Elementary Student

Nick Clark — (Susquehanna University)

Integrating Political and Economic Simulations into the Classroom (suitable for all grade levels)

Andy Chapman — (The Vanguard Group )

Earn an A+ in financial literacy with MyCE

What’s a mortgage? How do I balance a checkbook? Why should I create a budget? The answers to these questions are crucial to an adult’s daily life, yet financial education is missing from most school curriculums. My Classroom Economy® (MyCE) can help. MyCE provides free classroom materials to teach your students financial responsibility and other skills while supporting your regular curriculum. (suitable for all grade levels)

James Tierney — (Penn State)

Utilizing Social Media to connect with other teachers/creating a brand/etc (suitable for all grade levels)

Motivating the good students in class (we sometimes forget they need motivation too!)

Jeremy Jeffery — (Bloomsburg University)

Using technology for business education (suitable for all grade levels)

Mike Ozlanski — (Susquehanna University)

Defying stereotypes: Exploring careers in accounting (suitable for grades 8-12)

Renee Laychur — Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management at F.N.B. Investment Advisors Inc.

Saving and Investing: A guide to personal finance for high school students (suitable for grades 8-12)

Presenter Biographies

Jessie Jones

Jessie Jones

Jessie leads K-8 programming and partnerships including Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio and Selling Bee. As a champion for experiential education and economic revitalization, she is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship education as a way to empower students to make positive change in their lives and their communities. Prior to YEI, Jessie spent ten years as a technology and business consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Guilford College, and a Masters of Science in Geodetic Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Andy Chapman

Andrew (Andy) Chapman

Andrew (Andy) Chapman is a Senior Manager in Fund Financial Services at The Vanguard Group in Malvern, Pa., with 18-plus years of experience in the financial services industry. Currently, he heads the Global Reconciliation Team for Vanguard's Mutual Fund and Investment Management operations. In addition to his daily responsibilities, Andy supports Vanguard's philanthropic endeavors as the site lead for the Pennsylvania Ambassadors Team for My Classroom Economy® (MyCE).

James Tierney

James Tierney

James has been performing improv since 2006 when he joined Improv on the Rocks at his undergrad institution, Western New England College. There he helped start the college’s first long-form troupe, Teradactl Skwad (Spelt Phonetically). After moving out to California, James joined ImprovCity, a short-form troupe based out of Orange, Ca., and The Friday Society, a scene-based team under the Spectacle Improv Engine. James trained at iO West and attended ImprovUtopia, an improv training camp, for three years. He also started SUNY Plattsburgh’s student Improv Troupe (SPIT) after taking his first full-time faculty job.

James holds a master’s degree in economics from UC Irvine and is currently a lecturer of economics at Penn State University Park. He has presented on improvisation in the classroom at multiple academic conferences and enjoys the linkage between pedagogy and theatre. James is an avid New York Mets fan, obsessed with his dog Penny, and spends most of his free time on social media complaining about millennials (which he himself is one).

Mike Ozlanski

Michael Ozlanski

Dr. Michael E. Ozlanski is an Assistant Accounting Professor in the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University. His research primarily focuses on users’ perceptions of accounting standard precision and audit reports. His work is published in The Accounting Review and Current Issues in Auditing.

Dr. Ozlanski also has a keen interest in developing pedagogical innovations to improve student engagement and performance in various accounting courses and to broaden the appeal of accounting. His instructional cases, which examine auditing techniques and the impact of technology on the accounting profession, have been presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association and the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA). He delights in helping students find accounting concepts in music, art, and literature, which are his personal passions. His work has also been recognized in Extra Credit, a newsletter for accounting educators published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Renee Laychur

Renee Laychur

Renee D. Laychur joined F.N.B. Wealth Management’s Investment Advisory Group as a Senior Vice President and Managing Portfolio Advisor in 2008 as a result of the merger with Omega Financial. She served as Chief Investment Officer for Omega Bank Wealth Management.

A graduate of College of William and Mary with a bachelor of arts, she was awarded the C.F.A. Charter in 1992 after completing the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.

Renee has over 25 years of diversified financial services experience including asset management, trust services, and financial and retirement planning. Her work experience ranges from community banks to large financial institutions.

Jeremy Jeffery

Jeremy Jeffery

Dr. Jeremy Jeffery has held various positions in education including business/marketing teacher, career-based intervention instructor, career-technical coordinator, and lecturer. He received his bachelor’s degree in business/marketing education and his master’s degree in business education/computer technology both from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He also received his PhD in Educational Studies from Ohio State University. His research interests include online learning, business education and career and technical education. He currently teaches courses in business and business education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Nick Clark

Jeremy Jeffery

Nick Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Head. He teaches courses on public policy, comparative politics, the politics of Europe, and theories of democratic citizenship. Most of his course incorporate political simulations, in which students play the roles of actual political leaders in historical and contemporary decision-making situations. His research agenda focuses on public opinion, political representation, and electoral behavior in advanced industrial democracies, as well as the effects of role-playing simulations on student learning and engagement. His work on simulations has demonstrated that such pedagogical tools have the potential to significantly increase student investment in the source material. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. He also holds an M.A. in European Studies from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, an M.S. in European Studies from Universiteit Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands (2004), and a BA in Political Science from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.

Professional Events

Stock Market Challenge Workshop

Sept. 28, 2018 and Jan. 31, 2019

Susquehanna University — Details coming soon

Please contact Carolyn Shirk ( to register for these events.

PBEA Conference

Harrisburg-Hershey Holiday Inn — Grantville

Nov. 15-16

The Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship Education will present:

  • Jadrian Wooten (Penn State) — "Investing in Sports: How Cities Do it All Wrong"
  • James Tierney (Penn State) — Being Present for Our Students: An Improv Workshop
  • Mike Ozlanski (Susquehanna University) - “Resources to help your students explore careers in accounting”
  • Emma Fleck (Susquehanna University) - How the Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship Education can support your K-12 Business Education

Register Here

Student-Focused Events

Entrepreneurship Challenge

November 9, 2018

Details Coming Soon

FBLA Regional

FBLA Regional

December 14, 2018

Econ Challenge

Econ Challenge

January-March 2019

FBLA State Challenge

FBLA State Challenge

We are reaching out to the local schools to ask for your ideas in designing a series of events, at times which are convenient for your teachers, and would love your input into this process.

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