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UMSL's Department of Economics 2017 Alumni Award recipient Mary Suiter was a guest columnist in the April 3, 2018 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Mary, an assistant vice president and the economic education officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, discussed why "The most important investment you make is in yourself." Mary Suiter has been named a recipient of the 2018 UMSL Distinguished Alumni Award! Congratulations Mary! 

The Department held an event at Gallery 210 on campus to celebrate the accomplishments of Sharon G. Levin on Wed, Jan 31, 2018. At this event, the ERC was renamed in honor of Sharon.  It is now the Sharon G. Levin Economic Resource Center. To read more about Sharon Levin and the event, use this link:

Please consider contributing to the brand new Sharon G. Levin ERC Support Fund.

It is actually easy because UMSL Development created a direct link: For online giving: or by mail: Dept of Economics, 408 SSB, UMSL, One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121.  

Susan Feigenbaum was the commencement speaker for the College of Arts & Sciences graduation in May 2018. And recently she was interviewed by Mary Suiter for the St. Louis Fed’s Women in Economics series! Here's a link to the podcast and a full transcript: 

Anne Winkler
Professor Anne E. Winkler discussed the gender wage gap and barriers women still face in the labor market in the March 26, 2018 edition of UMSL Daily's "Ask an Expert" feature.  

victor-potopov.jpgIn January 2018, Victor Potopov (MA 2000) became Senior Manager, Big Data Analytics & Data Science at EY in Toronto.

Lauren Block Dickens (BS/MA 2008) is now Dean of Business, Science, Education, Math, Computer Science at St. Charles Community College. 


Matt Segrist Billboard

Recent Econ graduate Matt Segrist (BS/MA 2017) is featured on an UMSL billboard.

MarcelaMarcela Manjarrez Hawn (BS 1998) was a recent recipient of the
  St. Louis Business Journal's Diverse Business Leader Award.

Anne WinklerProfessor Anne E. Winkler and co-author Francine D. Blau have published the 8th edition of The Economics of Women, Men, and Work with Oxford University Press.

Provenance Spring 2017 article on Adam Richardson (BS/MA 2011), Manager of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Centene Corporation.

Economic Resource Center highlighted as "unofficial hub of the Econ Dept."

Sharon LevinSharon Levin, professor emerita, was quoted in the New York Times on May 18, 2017.  Sharon is an expert in the economics of science.  

Sel Dibooglu Nov 2016The November 20, 2016 UMSL Daily featured Economics Professor Sel Dibooglu, who was the keynote speaker at the recent International Congress of Money, Economy and Policy in Istanbul,Turkey.

MajanaRead about alumni Majana Reis (BS/MA 2005) in the September 16, 2016 issue of St. Louis Magazine.  Cathy Lander-Goldberg's article "Resilient Souls: A Photography Exhibit About Growing Up" features Majana in the first two photographs. Read more about Majana (BS/MA 2005) in this December 6, 2016 UMSL Daily article.

AndreaAlumna Andrea Ellis (BS 2015) on how her time at UMSL helps her manage work, law school and the National Guard.

Meagan Congratulations to Economics student Meagan Burwell, who was recently featured in the UMSL Daily and is being honored as a recipient of the College of Arts and Science’s Eugene Meehan Scholarship!.

KarlKarl Guenther, current MA Econ student and a community development specialist in the Public Policy Research Center, has received the Emerging Leader Award from the Missouri Workforce Housing Association.  Congratulations, Karl!

Sel DiboogluThe UMSL Department of Economics has become an official sponsor of the International Congress of Management, Economy, and Policy, an international conference held each November in Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Sel Dibooglu will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 conference.

Rudy Fichtenbaum (BS 1976), Professor Emeritus at Wright State University, is serving a third term as president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Rudy retired last year from Wright State University after a 35 year career there.

Dave RoseRichard Caroll (BA 2008) has been traveling the world in recent years doing freelance work. He had an article published on August 2, 2016 in The National Interest that discusses recent geopolitical events occurring in the South China Sea. The article cites research by faculty member David Rose.

Professor Dave Rose has been asked to serve a second term on the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Susan FeigenbaumProfessor Susan Feigenbaum has been recently named as one of 14 “leading experts" from the Midwest region to serve as inaugural members of the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (Midwest CEPAC). This is a health advisory group that will review findings on new drugs.

Hagen MontanoCongratulations to student Hagen Montano, who has been accepted into the MA in Philosophy of the Social Sciences program at the London School of Economics! Hagen is graduating from UMSL with a BS in Economics in May 2016.

BaniakExciting news! Effective May 1, 2016, our own Economics alum Richard Baniak will be UMSL's new Chief Financial Officer! Richard earned his BS in Economics in 1986, and his Economics MA in 1995. He will be retiring as Divisional CFO of Advanced Products for The Boeing Company to join UMSL as the new Vice Chancellor for Administration - CFO. Congratulations, Rick!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Lea Kosnik, who is now the President-Elect of the Transportation and Public Utility Group (TPUG). PUG is an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the economics of and public policies towards the transportation and public utilities industries.

TPUG AEA Jan 2016Officers at the TPUG Reception at the American Economic Association's January 2016 Annual Meeting. (L-R) John Mayo (Georgetown University), outgoing President, Pat McCarthy (Georgia Institute of Technology), incoming President, and Lea Kosnik, President-Elect.

Bruce WelzWe're pleased to announce that the 2015 UMSL Department of Economics Alumni Award was presented in April to Bruce Welz (MA 1980), retired Associate Professor from St. Charles Community College. Bruce has had a 30+ year relationship with the department. Most recently, he established a scholarship in the department as a tribute to the late emeritus professor, Robert Loring Allen.

Marcela Marcela Manjarrez Hawn (BS 1998) is now Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Centene. In her new position, she will oversee strategic communications and report directly to the Chairman/CEO of Centene. From 1998, when she graduated with her BS in Economics from UMSL, through 2007, she worked as an Economic Research Analyst. She then worked in a number of different capacities, including Special Assistant to the President at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and then Public Affairs Officer. Most recently, from 2012 to 2014, she held the position of Vice President, Public Affairs, at the Federal Reserve Bank.

TomTom Minogue, BS Economics 1976, is serving as the President of the Chancellor’s Council at UMSL. Minogue, who is chairman of Thompson Coburn, LLP law firm, received his law degree from Harvard University. As quoted in the December 7, 2014, UMSL Daily, “It was a very easy ‘yes’ for me,” Minogue says. “UMSL was in the right place at the right time for me in the 1970s, and I figured if I could give back to the university in some way that would be a great thing. The university was the foundation of my life both from a family and career perspective. Last year, Minogue spoke on behalf of UMSL alumni at UMSL’s 50th anniversary dinner (see photo). UPDATE: And Tom has the distinction of being the first UMSL|Economics alum to be on a billboard!

Michael Thomas close shotMichael Thomas began a tenure track position in the Economics and Finance Department of the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Fall 2014.

Keith GullerKeith Guller (BS 1976) received an Honorary Degree from UMSL at the August 2014 Commencement. Keith Guller is president, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of Essex Industries, Inc. He has also been a longtime supporter of the Department of Economics.

Dave SandersDave Sanders (MA 2006), Adjunct Instructor in our Department since the Spring 2006 semester, has taken a full-time position as Economics Instructor at Saint Louis University.

Tom KruckemeyerTom Kruckmeyer (MA 1977) recently wrote a paper with co-author Sarah Steelman titled “College Athletes Everywhere Just Wanna Be Free.” For more information, go to Big College Sports Economics. Tom held the position of Chief Economist for the Missouri Office of Administration-Division of Budget & Planning from 1978-2004.

YvettaYvetta (Travnickova) Fortova (BA/BS 2004), a Senior Research Associate at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, works as part of the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) Team. She and the rest of the FRED team were featured in the Sunday, August 3, 2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article titled “Fed’s Data Rock Stars Work Here". Access FRED.

JesseWe're pleased to announce that the 2014 UMSL Department of Economics Alumni Award was presented in May to Jesse Wolfersberger (MA 2009), Director of Consumer Insights at GroupM Next. Congratulations, Jesse, and thank you for your support!

Thomas BriggsThomas Briggs (MA 2013) presenting his poster at the 2012 Undergraduate School Research Fair.  Thomas began the Economics PhD program at Colorado State in Fall 2014.

Aaron JohnsonCongratulations to alum Aaron Johnson (BS 1994, MA 2000), who is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Darton State College. Aaron was featured in an interview in the February 21, 2014 edition of the Albany Herald (Georgia)! See On The Job with Aaron Johnson. (Aaron says that his most beneficial class was Introduction to Econometrics, taught by Professor Anne Winkler!)


AdminsThree consecutive department Administrative Associates (aka Business Support Specialists) at the 2013 Holiday Party - L-R Debra Garcia (2002 to 2012), Judy Cates (2012 to present), Gloria Axe (1977 to 2002)