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Professor Borstorff Receives Multiple Honors

Dr. Patricia Borstorff

March 17, 2004 --
Dr. Patricia Borstorff, associate professor of management at Jacksonville State University, has been invited to travel to Oxford, England, to take part in a discussion of educational issues, and she also recently received the Augustus Dean Edwards Professor of the Year Award.

"This has been an incredible year for me," said Borstorff. "I am thankful for the many opportunities that I have had to represent JSU in many different venues."

Borstorff will take part in the 2004 session of the Oxford Round table dealing with international trade issues of the US, EU (European Union), and the WTO (World Trade Organization). The session is from August 1 through August 6 and is held at Oxford University. There will be 40 members at the Round Table from around the world.

The Round Table was founded as a colloquium for small groups of governmental and business leaders to engage in discussions of contemporary education policy issues that affect nations and states worldwide. Alumni of Round Tables include ministers of education, legislators, governors, corporate business leaders, university presidents, professors, lawyers, physicians and other professionals. The Oxford colleges with their beautiful medieval dining halls, chapels and libraries provide a perfect venue for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Participants live in college, dine in the "olde" halls, and will attend activities in the famous Bodleian Library, originally established as Duke Humfrey's Library in 1489.

The session that Borstorff will attend will address some of the major issues affecting trade and financial relations between the European Union and the United States. Specific emphasis will be placed on recent financial and trade regulation issues that confront the business communities in both the EU and the US. Invitations have been extended to academic specialists and policy experts who can advance a unique perspective on economic and regulatory issues that confront future of EU-US relations.

There have been three previous individuals from Alabama (including JSU's Dr. Claudia McDade) as part of a Round Table in its history; none of these have dealt with business issues.

"I have been asked to make a presentation to the Round Table," said Borstorff. "My research topic concerns American perceptions of free trade issues, for example, outsourcing of jobs, and the impact of the EU-US trade disputes on American citizens. I have surveyed CBA 396 international business students in Fall 2003 and Spring 2004 semesters. I understand that the articles presented are subsequently published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mark Hearn, associate professor of management at JSU, is collaborating with me on the article."

During the Round Table, Borstorff will attend two formal dinners in the historic dining halls of Oxford University and will also attend sessions at Blenheim Palace and have tours in the Cotswolds area.

Her recent award was presented by the Kappa Alpha Order for exceptional service to the students of JSU. In addition, Borstorff has been chosen to be in the Great Women of the 21st Century, 2004 Edition.

At JSU she teaches and takes part in research projects in the areas of international business, human resource managements, and organizational communications. Her current research interests are retirement planning and expatriate management issues.

She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to businesses in Alabama. She is an officer and board member of Calhoun County Society of Human Resource Management and faculty advisor to the student SHRM chapter at JSU. She serves on the JSU Foundation Board of Directors. Borstorff received the award of Human Resource Professional of the Year in 2002 and has served on the state council of the Society for Human Resource Management for several years.

Dr. Borstorff has completed graduate international business studies in Japan, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and the University of South Carolina. She has also studied in Germany, Italy, and England.

She holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Samford University, M.A. in history from the University of Alabama, MBA from Jacksonville State University and the Ph.D. from Auburn University.

She is currently the Faculty Advisor of the Year, an honor presented by the Inter- Fraternity Council and Panhellenic at JSU. Borstorff serves as faculty advisor to the Kappa Alpha Order at JSU. She was recognized as an Outstanding Educator at the 10th Annual Women Committed to Excellence Calhoun County Community Awards Program in 2001 and has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service at the university, including Dean's Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Dean's Faculty Award for Excellence in Service in the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

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