The Center's mission is to provide information to citizens, policy makers, and other researchers about the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation.
Schwab Hall 315
Loretto, PA 15940
Meet our staff
Established in 2016, The Center for Occupational Research (CSOR) is an academic research center within the
Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows will conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students will also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.
The official CSOR database website is now live at www.csorsfu.com check it out!
Ford, a senior economics
major and president of the Society of Economic Analysis (SEA), presented
his paper "Quasi-Free Markets in the U.S." at the Issues in Political
Economy annual conference in New York City on Saturday February 25th. Geoff's
paper highlights potential inefficiencies created in the market by government
intervention as well as provides evidence that the Federal Reserve has lost its
ability to make improvements in the US economy after the onset of the 2008 Financial
Geoffrey Ford's Spotlight
CSOR Fellows J.J. Hazenstab and Geoff Ford presented their academcis research at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Check out their SFU story
CSOR Hawaii Conference
Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Director of CSOR Department: Business Administration
Office: Schwab Hall 314
Email Dr. Edward Timmons
Position: Assistant Director of CSOR
Office: Schwab Hall 316 Email: Emily Vargo 814.472.3948
Position: Director of Public Relations of CSOR
Office: Schwab Hall 315 Email: Alanna Wilson 814.472. 2863
Meet Our Fellows
Arlan J. Zelenky (A.J) – Senior
Major: Mathematics and Secondary Education
Arlan, originally from DuBois, Pennsylvania came to Saint
Francis University with an interest in studying mathematics, economics and
business. Since starting his academic career, Arlan has become a lead fellow at
the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation as well as an academic researcher
for MATLAB and MuPAD Implementations for Concepts in Abstract Algebra and Algebraic
Geometry through the Mathematics Department. His talent for research and
statistical analysis may lead him to graduate studies in future years. He
aspires to become a professor of Mathematics.
Outside of his pursuit of academics, AJ enjoys
swimming, weight lifting, and hanging out with friends and family members.
Jenna Ponticello- Junior
Jenna is an avid dressage rider from Clinton,
Pennsylvania. She decided to come to Saint Francis University because she fell
in love with the beauty of the rural campus. Jenna thoroughly enjoys the personal
and professional relationships with both fellow students and professors in the School of Business. She has
also joined many clubs in addition to becoming a research fellow at the Center
for the Study of Occupational Regulation.
After graduation, Jenna plans to remain in the Pittsburgh area and
become a Certified Public Accountant. Her dream is to eventually move to
Lexington, Kentucky and become involved in the business of the equestrian
Hannah Retherford – Junior
Major: Finance And
Hannah originally from Benton, PA, came to Saint Francis
with a sense of leadership and academic
purpose. Hannah is an active member in ENACTUS, Shields School of Business
Student Advisory Board, Student Athlete Mentors, Flash Focus Leadership Group, and the Student
Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Research. Outside of her academic
studies, Hannah plays for the Saint Francis Field Hockey Team as forward/mid-fielder. Upon leaving Saint Francis Hannah hopes to gain experience
with a Fortune 500 company.
Hannah grew up on a farm where she has two
fainting goats named Gilbert and Gracie and a miniature donkey named Grey.
Cole Thompson – Junior
Minor: Mathematics Cole, a West Coast native, comes to Saint
Francis University from Los Alamitos, California with an interest in studying
Finance and Accounting while incorporating complex mathematics. Cole is on the men’s
volleyball team as well as a research fellow with the Center for the
Study of Occupational Regulation. He has great ambitions for the future as he
strives to one day to perform financial analysis for a major corporation.
Outside of school and
volleyball, Cole enjoys all ocean activities while he is home, especially
surfing and fishing.
The CSOR Fellowship Application is available to apply online.
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