Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 - Representative of the Asian Development Bank Speaks to IED Students

Mr. Craig Steffensen, North American Representative for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), spoke to students during the weekly Leaders in Development Seminar this past Wednesday. Mr. Steffensen highlighted that two-thirds of the world’s poor live in Asia, and ADB provides direct assistance to these countries in support of development efforts.

Craig Steffensen, of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Specifically, ADB works in 5 core areas: infrastructure, environment, regional cooperation and integration, finance sector development, and education. The ADB also provides assistance in the areas of health, agriculture, and disaster and emergency assistance. Within the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) member states, immigration from rural to urban areas is occurring at a rate of 5,000 people per hour. Mr. Steffensen explained that the prospects for growth in this region are bright, but infrastructure development needs to catch up.

Students enjoyed learning more about the development efforts in this part of the world, and had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Steffensen after the event.

The weekly seminar is open to the public and takes place at 5:00pm in McMahon Hall, Room 200 (The Catholic University of America).

Integral Economic Development students listening to Mr. Steffensen speak about development efforts in Asia.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 - Conference Held at CUA on Economic and Religious Liberty

Cardinal Robert Sarah speaking on the Nov 10 panel
The Acton Institute and the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America held a conference on The Relationship between Religious and Economic Liberty in an Age of Expanding Government. Roughly 70 people attended the conference, which aimed at examining the complex relationship between religious liberty and other freedoms, particularly economic freedom.

The conference took place at The Catholic University of America on Monday, November 10, 2014. Speakers and panelists of the conference included Cardinal Robert Sarah, Dr. Russell Hittinger, Michael Novak, and Dr. Jay W. Richards. The speakers examined how the Christian conception of religious liberty limits the state’s exercise of power, the manner in which the expansion of economic freedom creates new opportunities and challenges for believers, and how social welfare policies can inhibit or facilitate religious freedom.

Conference panelists, (left to right): Michael Matheson Miller,
Dr. Russell Hittinger, and Michael Novak.
Shortly after the event, The Christian Post highlighted this conference in an article titled, "Is Economic Liberty Necessary for Religious Liberty?" The main focuses of the article are the words of panelists Dr. Jay W. Richards and former U.S. Ambassador Michael Novak. The article quotes Michael Novak, saying, "...true human happiness lies in achievement, in creativity, in the spirited overcoming of obstacles and impediments. All this the new soft despotism would render impossible. A free economy, by contrast, blows out the sails of aspiration and achievement."

We invite you to read the article in full and also watch the videos below. There are four videos, please feel free to browse each of them using the arrows. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014 - Dean Engelland Named Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Economics

Left to right: President John Garvey, Dr. Brian Engelland,
and Dr. Andrew Abela after the presentation on Nov 11.
Brian Engelland, associate dean and professor of marketing in the School of Business and Economics, has been named the first-ever Edward J. Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Economics.

The endowed chair was established in 2002 with a gift from the late Edward Pryzbyla, B.A. 1925.

“Mr. Edward Pryzbyla’s generosity and commitment to his alma mater are reflected in the beauty of the CUA campus. He gave his support and name to the university center, and donated hundreds of trees and other plantings throughout campus,” said Andrew Abela, dean of the business and economics school, at an event Nov. 11 recognizing Engelland. “His gifts are making a difference in the lives of CUA students, generation after generation.”

Brian Engelland with his wife, Barbara, after the ceremony.
Engelland was unanimously endorsed by the business and economics faculty for the endowed chair. His research focuses on how marketing executives “think” — or how they process inputs in making determinations on how to market products and services.

He has published more than 70 refereed publications and five books, won multiple teaching awards, and been named as a fellow of the Marketing Management Association. Last year he was named the winner of the Lifetime Contributor to Marketing Award by the Society for Marketing Advances.

“The supportive presence and love for our University and for the Catholic Church of both of these men — Dr. Brian Engelland and Mr. Edward Pryzbyla — are a model for us all today,” Abela said.

The ceremony and celebration was hosted by the School of Business and Economics on Tuesday, November 11. Over 50 students, faculty and staff attended to show their appreciation for Dr. Engelland's contributions to the University.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014 - This Evening's Supercurriculum Canceled

We are committed to offering students a Supercurriculum series of high quality and inspiring speakers.

At the same time, we recognize that many students are interested in attending tonight’s Concert for Valor on the Mall, that this is a worthy event honoring those who have given the highest sacrifice for our country, and that one of the benefits of CUA’s Washington D.C. location is access to grand events like this one.

We do not want to put students in a position of having to choose between the Supercurriculum and the Concert, and therefore we have decided to postpone tonight’s Supercurriculum event to a later date.

We will still go ahead with the Pryzbyla chair award to Dr. Engelland at 4 p.m. today in Great Room C. We hope that many of you will be able to join us then, and you can leave for the Mall immediately afterwards.

To confirm: there will be no Supercurriculum event tonight, November 11, 2014.

Have an enjoyable and safe experience tonight, saluting America’s veterans.

Dean Abela

November 11, 2014 - Dr. Aguirre Presents to Organization of American States

Dr. M. Sophia Aguirre presented at the Organization of American States on “The Impact of the Family on the Economy: A New Approach to Achieve Countries’ Development.”

Dr. Aguirre discussed her research on the relationship between family structures and poverty levels in various countries. The event, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the OAS and the Alliance Defending Freedom, was attended by several Ambassadors to the OAS. Additionally, development professionals from the United States and several other countries attended the presentation as well.

To learn more about Dr. Aguirre's research, publications and presentations, please visit her faculty profile here.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 6, 2015 - Research at the Inter-American Development Bank

Dr. Eduardo Cavallo, Lead Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), spoke to CUA students in the Integral Economic Development program about the IDB’s Research Department. This lecture was part of the weekly "Leaders in Development Seminars" that the Integral Economic Development program hosts on Wednesday evenings.

Dr. Cavallo (left) speaking to Integral Economic Development students.
Dr. Cavallo explained that the IDB's Research Department generates new ideas to enrich the knowledge base that supports sustainable and equitable development. Through policy dialogue and advice, the IDB is able to assist authorities in the region and promote topics such as productivity, managing debt, and taxation.

The main question that Dr. Cavallo asked students was, “What is the impact your research has?” He shared some of his research, explaining that natural disasters matter for economic development, and infrastructure gaps must be reduced to help accelerate economic growth. Investing in infrastructure supports long-term growth; short-term aid response to natural disasters does not solve growth problems. Long-term financing must be supported by domestic savings, both public and private