Featured Stories | Mays Impacts - Part 42

Dr. Wendy Boswell’s research on stress was cited in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. According to Boswell, an assistant management professor, and her research colleagues at Cornell University, contrary to popular belief, not all stress is bad.

In fact, one kind, “challenge stress,” is what motivates people to do well, such as having projects, assignments and responsibilities. According to Boswell, this type of stress correlates to the things employees value like money, skills and promotions. Although the long-term effects of challenge stress aren’t known, employees still seek it out, noted Boswell in the Journal article.

While challenge stress often propels employees to perform better, “hindrance stress” often causes the opposite reaction. This type of stress is the negative junk associated with work — red tape, stalled careers and lack of job security. If faced with this type of stress for a long period of time, health problems can ensue, ranging from heart disease to immune system disorders, the article notes.

To learn more about how stress affects work performance, check out this article that ran earlier this year in Mays Business Online.

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Recent Awards Include:

Dean Emeritus status granted by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents

Diversity Award presented by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Associate Provost and Dean of Faculties

Eagle Award presented by Private Enterprise Research Center

Award presented by the Business Student Council during Parent’s Weekend

Framed emeritus status plaque, a resolution and crystal bookends by the Academic Program Council and a crystal nameplate presented at a university-wide reception

Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration

Resolution presented by the Texas A&M Foundation

Framed rendering of the Special Events Center named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Cocanougher (located in the approved Wehner Building expansion) presented at a dinner honoring the Cocanoughers

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The Mays College will have new leadership starting July 1, as Dr. Jerry R. Strawser, interim dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, has been named Dr. Benton Cocanougher’s successor as dean. The appointment is pending final approval of the Texas A&M University System Chancellor.

The move to Texas A&M will be a return home of sorts for Strawser, who received three accounting degrees from the Mays College, including a BBA in 1983, a master’s of science in 1984 and a doctorate in 1985. In 1999, he accepted the position of interim dean at the University of Houston, where he is the Arthur Andersen and Co. Alumni Professor of Accountancy and Taxation. Before serving as interim dean, he served four years as the associate dean for academic and research programs. Strawser was on Louisiana State University faculty for five years before joining the University of Houston.

In making the announcement, A&M Executive Vice President and Provost Ronald G. Douglas said, “I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Strawser’s ability to provide the leadership required to continue the growth in quality programs of the Texas A&M University Lowry Mays College and Graduate School of Business.”

Be on the look out for more coverage of Strawser in upcoming issues of Mays Business Online.

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