Grad Students Chosen to Present at International Conference

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Pictured from left to right: Dean Scott, Whitney Crain, Bob Timmons, Michele Delawder, (standing) Michael Callaway.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 12, 2008) - John Brown University Professor Bob Timmons and four Fort Smith business graduate students were chosen to present a project at the International Conference of the Global Business Development Institute (GBDI). This is the first time JBU business graduate students have been chosen to participate in an academic conference of this magnitude. The research project “Global Service Learning Perspectives: A Community-Focused Model” resulted in a joint paper written by Timmons and four students from the Applied Research Methods Class. “This group really worked hard and pulled together to finish a quality piece of academic research,” said Timmons. “Everyone did their share and made a 100 percent contribution to the finished work. I could not have picked a better group of people to work with and I am very proud of their accomplishment.” “While the challenge presented in this project was not at all what I expected in the class, the end was a pleasant surprise,” said student Michele Delawder. “My fellow classmates were by far the best students, both intellectually and personally, that I've ever had the opportunity to work with in a group like this. I learned as much from them as I learned about the project itself. The end result is something it would have taken me years to accomplish or even attempt [alone].” The group will be traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. on Oct. 12-15 to present at the GBDI international conference, which attracts attendants from all over the world. Previous conferences have recently been held in Thailand, India, and Mexico. According to the conference web site, the Global Business Development Institute (GBDI) is an interdisciplinary, international organization dedicated to facilitating communication among faculty, students, and practitioners of business, economics, and allied disciplines.

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