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Dr. Ted Abernethy Sports Administration Program Director

Dr. Ted Abernethy

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Grantland Rice

Favorite Movie: "Remember the Titans"

Favorite Quote: "Sports do not build character—they reveal it." – John Wooden

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Abraham Lincoln and Vince Lombardi [for] their ability to influence people."

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Dr. George Antoniou Assistant Professor, Cyber Security Management

Dr. George Antoniou

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Bruce Schneier

Favorite Movie: "The Matrix"

Favorite Quote: "Trust, but verify."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. It could possibly help me with my cyber security pursuits. Imagine being able to collaborate with such creative people."

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Kevin Brady Visiting Professor, Finance

Kevin Brady

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner for the "Freakonomics" series

Favorite Movie: "Wall Street"

Favorite Quote: "The first rule in making money is not to lose it."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Warren Buffett and Carl Icahn, because they are two successful investors who have very different strategies and personalities."

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Dr. Robert Epling Associate Professor, Sports Administration

Dr. Robert Epling

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Larry McMurtry

Favorite Movie: "Lonesome Dove"

Favorite Quote: "Don't let schooling get in the way of an education." – Mark Twain

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I just love American history."

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Dr. Hagai Gringarten Associate Professor of Business

Dr. Hagai Gringarten

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: Herman Wouk

Favorite Movie: "The Hangover"

Favorite Quote: "Dictum meum pactum," which translates to "My word is my bond."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Frank Sinatra and President Donald Trump."

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Dr. Leslee Higgins Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Leslee Higgins

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: John Steinbeck

Favorite Movie: "Gone With the Wind"

Favorite Quote: : "A picture is worth a thousand words."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Rene Descartes, to discuss mathematical concepts and theory, and John Calipari, so my husband could happily talk about University of Kentucky basketball."

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Dr. Lisa Knowles Associate Professor, Management

Dr. Lisa Knowles

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: John C. Maxwell

Favorite Movie: "Reign" (a Netflix series)

Favorite Quote: "Success can only be achieved when the desire for success surpasses the excuses of life."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Jesus and his mother, Mary—I would love to hear all of the stories."

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Dr. Stephanie Maynard-Patrick Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Stephanie Maynard-Patrick

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Movie: I haven't seen a movie since before my son was born that is not a kids' movie—and even then, I was always more into reading as the books are often better than the movies.

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "I would love to do dinner with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Freddie Mercury of Queen. I love their music and have read their biographies. To me, that would be a really interesting evening."

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Dr. Justin Peart Associate Professor, Business Administration

Dr. Justin Peart

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: "The Silence of the Lambs"

Favorite Movie: "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." – Martin Luther King Jr.

Favorite Quote: "Barack Obama and Mother Theresa. Both demonstrate the ability to live successful lives while genuinely caring about and trying to make a positive difference in the welfare of less fortunate people."

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why?

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Dr. Craig Reese Department of Accounting, Business Administration and Finance

Dr. Craig Reese

Bobcat Quick Hit:

Favorite Author: George Orwell

Favorite Movie: "The Alamo" (1960)

Favorite Quote: "Not to be a republican (liberal) at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head." - Franç ois Guizot, French historian (1787-1874)
Similar quotes are attributed to Churchill, Disraeli, George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell.

If you could have a dinner party with two people, living or dead, who would it be? And why? "Jesus Christ and Socrates. I would ask Jesus to explain how his preaching changed the Old Testament. I would ask Socrates to critique Christianity."

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Education


Dr. Vernon Czelusniak Online Dissertation Chair and Director of Instructional Technology Academic Programs
(Administrator With Faculty Rank as Associate Professor)

Dr. Vernon Czelusniak

"I love to see others grow and provide an opportunity to give back to our community. I have a passion to see my students learn from practical experiences in all of the courses that I have taught."

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Dr. Scott E. Gillig Professor at St. Thomas University

Dr. Scott E. Gillig

"Get ahead of the curve by deciding to learn the fundamentals of research and using data to make decisions."

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Dr. Delois Maxwell Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Delois Maxwell

"Study the program goals and expectations to determine if it fits your life or career goals."

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Dr. Maria Orlando Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Maria Orlando

"It is important to lead by example and be resourceful and open to new ideas. It is essential to convey your love for teaching and learning in order to keep students and colleagues motivated to always do their best."

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Dr. Jolen Troy Robinson Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Jolen Troy Robinson

"Don't delay; begin the program NOW. Your education is an investment in the future for yourself as well as your family."

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Dr. Heidi A. Schmidt Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Heidi A. Schmidt

"This is a great time to expand your knowledge and your career options. Your new learning will create opportunities for you to grow and change into that transformational leader."

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Dr. Timothy Michael Stafford Dissertation Chair, Instructional Design Support Coordinator and Associate Professor

Dr. Timothy Michael Stafford

"An educator who finds a passion for students will never be without a challenge, a heartbreak and a mind-numbing success that keeps the educator moving forward."

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Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb Adjunct Professor

Dr. Susan Trauschke-Webb

"Leadership is learned and experienced in all areas of our lives. Seek out opportunities to utilize the knowledge gained in your courses and research to enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your classroom, school, home, faith-based organization and community."

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Dr. Susan Ohrablo Adjunct Professor, St. Thomas University

Dr. Susan Ohrablo

"Understanding the critical role that faculty play in a student's academic career, I wanted to contribute to the development of students' academic knowledge and professional development."

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