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College of Business and Technology to host regional research symposium
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The 2018 Appalachian Research in Business Symposium (ARBS) will return to its founding institution March 22-23 at the Millennium Centre. The fifth annual collaborative research forum will present new ideas in the business disciplines covering topics such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

Dr. Linda Garceau, former dean of the College of Business and Technology, started the symposium five years ago. Garceau, who has since retired from ETSU, received support for the event from deans at three neighboring universities - Eastern Kentucky University, Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University. The institutions take turns hosting ARBS, which provides a positive environment for works-in-progress to be discussed among colleagues seeking to maintain accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“The symposium is a unique opportunity for universities in the Appalachian region with similar research and institutional missions to come together to support one another and share ideas,” said Carolyn Rochelle, conference co-chair. “The deans of these institutions have continued to support this initiative since the very beginning.”

ETSU faculty members outside the College of Business and Technology are welcome to attend ARBS sessions. A detailed schedule of topics and speakers is available online at

For more information about the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium, contact conference organizers Carolyn Rochelle at or Prasun Bhattacharjee at .

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