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Free Workshop Offered by Westminster College, Mesa for Students and Parents Interested in Careers in Business on Thursday, February 21


Dr. Selcen Phelps of Westminster CollegeMesa area high school and college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of business have the opportunity to attend a free workshop offered for students and parents on Thursday, February 21, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at One Oh One, 101 West Main Street in Mesa, AZ by Dr. F. Selcen Phelps, Chair of the Department of Accounting, Business, Economics, and Management Information Science (ABEMIS), at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

"Fields such as international business and related career choices such as finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and accounting are some of the most sought after degrees and are projected to be some of the fastest growing employment sectors for the future," says Dr. Phelps.

An international business major will be offered at the Mesa campus for the fall semester, 2013.

In her workshop, Dr. Phelps will discuss significant elements of these majors, how students can build resumes and e-portfolios that boost future success, why a liberal arts education is ideal for a future business person, how business administration and entrepreneurship can be taught and what internships and job opportunities are available for these majors.

International business jobs are projected to grow from 19 percent to 41 percent over the next four years and entrepreneurship is one of the five most sought after areas of course content in the country. Finance positions are estimated to take a 38 percent increase in available jobs.

In addition to being ABEMIS Department Chair, she is the Buckner Endowed Chair in Business and the faculty advisor for both GlobeFM, the College's Internet radio station, and the Long Term Thinking Club. She has taught classes at Westminster in business research, management, organization, and ethics; entrepreneurship; e-commerce; and information technology.

Currently, she is working with three Westminster seniors on research projects that design and prototype technologies to assist people with disabilities.

Dr. Phelps holds a doctorate in operations research from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an MBA from Governors State University in University Park, IL. She spent one year at Carnegie Mellon University on a Turkish Council of Higher Education scholarship and six months as an exchange scholar at Purdue University.

Her research interests include multicriteria decision making, metaheuristics, distance collaboration and pattern detection in communications. She has been published in flagship journals such as Management Science, Journal of the Operational Research Society and INFORMS Journal of Computing.

For more information about the new Mesa campus and its programs, contact Mesa Enrollment Director Hillarie Price at 480-747-3863, or Hillarie.Price@westminster-mo.edu to be added to a mailing list for the latest Westminster information.

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