McElveen Named Alumni Master Teacher

Clemson University students have chosen Carter McElveen as the Alumni Master Teacher for 2017. McElveen is a senior lecturer in the marketing department of the College of Business.

Carter McElveen (right) is surrounded by her students while accepting the Alumni Master Teacher Award. (Photo by Diana Davidson)

McElveen teaches courses in professional selling and marketing principles, along with leading sales experiential, marketing plan, and stewardship creative inquiries.

The Alumni Master Teacher award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to a faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

“I was completely shocked,” said McElveen. “I’m still in shock over it and incredibly humbled and honored to be included in the group of faculty at Clemson that has been named Master Teacher.”

Being a former Student Alumni Council member, Carter knows what goes into selecting a Master Teacher. “I know the process is very competitive,” she said. “I know the award is all encompassing of how you fully engage with your students, and that is my goal. I want to be the best teacher I can be, so this is incredibly validating.”

Student Alumni Council member and Master Teacher award co-chair Margeaux Laschanzky was a student in one of McElveen’s classes.

“Carter truly embodies what it means to be a Master Teacher because she puts her whole heart into her students and into Clemson,” said Laschanzky. “I thought it was the most special ceremony so far because she has so many friends and family show up and because she was on Student Alumni Council.”

To illustrate how she puts her heart into her students, Laschanzky said McElveen takes the time to learn the names of all her students even when she teaches in big lecture halls.

Crawford Phillips, another Alumni Master Teacher award co-chair said many students mentioned that she cares a tremendously about her students’ success both in and outside of the classroom.

“Carter strives to make strong personal connections with each student and touches each of their lives in a unique way,” said Emma Schafer, also an Alumni Master Teacher award co-chair.

McElveen received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson University in 2003, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2010.

Before beginning her career at Clemson, McElveen worked as a Sales Representative for Eli Lilly and Company for over 8 years. She has been a professor at Clemson since 2011.

Beyond her teaching duties, McElveen is actively involved as a Master Advisor to undergraduate marketing students, the Delta Sigma Pi Faculty, an Honorary Blue Key Member, and the faculty advisor to the Clemson Chapter of CUMA, the student marketing association.

She has also received the Dean’s Award for Student Engagement in 2015 for her dedication to her students.

“When I started as an undergrad, I had several teachers that were impactful on me and my experience, one being Dr. Mary Anne Raymond, who won the Master Teacher award,” McElveen said. “She hired me and mentored me, and it came full circle because she was there when I received this award.”

McMillan receives Clemson Alumni Master Teacher Award

CLEMSON — Clemson University students have chosen Kerri D. McMillan as the Alumni Master Teacher for 2016. McMillan is a senior lecturer in the finance department of the College of Business and Behavioral Science (CBBS).

She teaches courses in investment analysis, risk management, insurance and personal finance to 150 upper-level undergraduate students each semester.

Kerri McMillan (center in black dress) stands surrounded by some of her students after accepting the Alumni Master Teacher Award. (Photo by Patrick Wright)
Kerri McMillan (center in black dress) stands with some of her students after accepting the Alumni Master Teacher award. Image Credit: Patrick Wright / Clemson University
The Alumni Master Teacher award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to a faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award. I was still so excited Monday night, I could hardly sleep,” said McMillan. “I especially enjoyed hearing what my students had to say about me. I truly love my field of finance and teaching our Clemson students. When I pull into Sirrine Hall parking lot, I count my blessings. I love every day I am in the classroom.”

Student Alumni Council member and Master Teacher Award co-chair Lillian Tribble said that students enthusiastically nominated McMillan.

“Mrs. McMillan’s students took the time to email descriptive nominations to the Master Teacher co-chairs, including reasons why they thought she was a ‘Master Teacher’ and observations about her teaching method,” said Tribble. “For example, one student said that she was the most positive teacher they had ever had.

“Students in the Student Alumni Council who knew Mrs. McMillan, from having her as a professor or from having her as an adviser for the Blue Key Honor Society, were passionate about her winning the Master Teacher Award. These students loved her and were able to tell many stories about their positive experiences in the classroom.”

Parkwood Griffith, also an Alumni Master Teacher award co-chair, said McMillan’s penchant for instilling passion in her students where it might not have been before and showing them the real-world applications for what they learn in her class helped set her nomination apart.

“Mrs. McMillan not only taught students the course material required, but also taught them how to apply this material and use it in the real world,” said Griffith. “Students felt like she encouraged and prepared them about finance in the real world. Mrs. McMillan’s students also mentioned that she encouraged them to be interested in a subject they originally thought was dull.”

McMillan received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1981, and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina in 1988. She earned Chartered Financial Analyst certification from the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1994.

Before coming to Clemson, McMillan spent a decade as a portfolio manager and securities analyst for Liberty Capital Advisors in Greenville, an investment management company.

Beyond her teaching duties, McMillan is actively involved as the Wall Street South Investment Club adviser, is a South Carolina Society of Financial Analysts member and a Blue Key Honor Society academic adviser. When she is not in the classroom, she can be found in the trading room teaching students Bloomberg Financial Markets analytics.

She has received numerous awards for her dedication to students, including the CBBS Teaching Excellence Award and the Clemson University Student Government Excellence in Teaching Award.

“What is so gratifying for me is that our students are doing so well,” she said. “My students leave my investment analysis class with technical tools and a specific skillset. Many go on to study for the Chartered Financial Analyst certification exams. What a thrill it is to be a part of all the dynamic things that are going on in the college. I am grateful to my students, my husband, Dr. Jeffrey McMillan, who has also been my mentor, my wonderful three children and my distinguished colleagues at Clemson.”

Wolf receives Clemson Alumni Master Teacher Award

CLEMSON – Clemson University students have chosen Dr. Jack G. Wolf the Alumni Master Teacher for 2015. Wolf is an associate professor of finance in the College of Business and Behavioral Science (CBBS).

Clemson University Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Jack G. Wolf receives the 2015 Alumni Master Teacher Award.
Clemson University Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Jack G. Wolf receives the 2015 Alumni Master Teacher Award.
“I am completely surprised by my selection this year and very honored,” Wolf said. “To be honest, many of my students consider my courses to be very challenging. The reason is that I decided long ago that if I wanted my students to be successful in their jobs after they graduate, I needed to set expectations, especially in my senior-level course, similar to what their supervisors in their first job would have.”

A fascination with space might seem completely unrelatable to the world of finance, but for Wolf the two disparate interests fit quite nicely together, and add a unique angle to his teaching style.

Wolf said he grew up wanting to know how things worked.

“Perhaps I should have been an engineer,“ he said, “but like many other kids, outer space fascinated me. I even worked as a counselor at Space Camp while I was in college. But when I finished my degree in astronomy and physics, my interest had waned somewhat. I still wanted to do something analytical and, to me at the time, finance was the most numbers-oriented of the business fields.

“The training I received in the sciences really taught me to think methodically, and knowing that cause precedes effect is just as important in finance as it is in physics. There are times in class where I fall back and use analogies that may seem more like physics. When we discuss what makes some bonds more sensitive to interest rate changes, it is a hard concept for the students to grasp just looking at a formula written on the board.

“Getting them to think about a pendulum made from a rope with knots tied into it makes it easier to understand because the students can visualize what’s going on. They can see how making the knot at the bottom bigger will affect how much the pendulum will swing. Then I can point to parts of the formula so that they can see the connection to what they pictured in their head.”

The Alumni Master Teacher Award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to the faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

Clemson University Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Jack G. Wolf receives the 2015 Alumni Master Teacher Award.
Clemson University Associate Professor of Finance Dr. Jack G. Wolf receives the 2015 Alumni Master Teacher Award.
“Dr. Wolf was chosen because he genuinely cares about his students achieving excellence in and out of the classroom,” said Sterling Lecy, vice president of the Clemson Blue Key Honor Society. “He consistently goes the extra mile to make sure Clemson’s business program is producing top candidates for post-graduate opportunities and devotes his own time to understanding the intersection between theory and practice that is so often overlooked.”

Many recent financial management graduates return to campus as recruiters for their new employers.

“I hear from many of them about how they found financial modeling to be one of the most useful courses that they took at Clemson,” said Wolf. “I don’t think it is strictly because of the topics covered; many of these companies cover the same technical aspects in the training program that new employees go through. Instead, the students learn how to act like a professional because they are treated as one. This eases the transition from student to professional and gives the students a head start.”

Wolf graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in astronomy and physics in 1991, and he earned a Master degree in business administration at Wake Forest University in 1993. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Utah in 2000 and started teaching corporate finance at Clemson the same year.

He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 CBBS Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, the 2000 Western Finance Association Best Corporate Finance Paper Award, the 1998 David Eccles Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award, and he was named the Cote Faculty Fellow for Research and Scholarship Excellence in 2005.

Wolf lives in Clemson with his wife, Angela Morgan (who is also a finance professor at Clemson) and his son, Ryan.

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J. Russell Madray Named Alumni Master Teacher

Clemson University students chose accounting senior lecturer J. Russell Madray as this year’s Alumni Master Teacher for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction.

The annual award is presented to a faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.

In addition to teaching intermediate accounting, Madray is president of The Madray Group Inc., which he founded in 1996. The Madray Group, based in Greenville, helps businesses, accounting firms and other organizations understand and implement technical accounting and auditing issues. It specializes in providing technical reviews, inspection services and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized accounting firms throughout the U.S.

Madray also is Scholar-in-Residence at Elliott Davis in Greenville, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting firms in the Southeast.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Clemson University in 1986 and his Master in Professional Accountancy degree from Clemson University in 1988.

“Thirty-two years ago, I stepped onto this campus as a freshman,” he said. “Twenty-one years ago… I stepped into the classroom to teach accounting. During that time, I’ve always tried to remember two things. First, I was once a student and I’m sure I did some things, or failed to do some things, like homework, that did not please my professors. Second, times change and people change, so we don’t always have to do things the same as we did five or 10 or 20 years ago.”

Madray has written several bestselling books on accounting, authors many of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ publications and frequently contributes to the Journal of Accountancy. He also speaks to hundreds of groups each year on accounting and auditing topics and has made presentations in more than 40 states.

He lives in Greenville with his wife, Beth, and two children.

Ashby B. Bodine

Clemson University students have chosen Ashby B. Bodine the Alumni Master Teacher for 2013. Bodine is professor emeritus/visiting professor in the department of animal and veterinary sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

“I learned to teach from observing the techniques, methods and practices of the teachers who inspired me to learn and to think critically,” said Bodine. He passes this knowledge on to his students and his teaching career has been dedicated to inspiring them.

“Teaching the next generation in a manner which inspires them to become lifelong learners is the key to the future,” said Bodine. “One cannot fail to enrich his or her own life while teaching others.”

Bodine’s research has been on the biochemistry and immunology of archaic vertebrates, in particular, sharks, rays and skates. Since 2006, Team Tiburon, an interdisciplinary Creative Inquiry team mentored by Bodine, has been researching an anti-tumor protein from the bonnethead shark that has great potential for use in anti-cancer treatments, including melanoma and breast cancer. The team has presented their findings at several research conferences.

Bodine has received many honors and awards including the Godley-Snell Outstanding Agricultural Research Award, the Class of ’39 Faculty Award for Excellence, the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, the National Scholars Program Award of Distinction and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Association for Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

The Alumni Master Teacher Award for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction is presented to a faculty member nominated by the student body and selected by the Student Alumni Council.