College of Business Administration News

Innovative Wedding Registry Wins Spring 2014 Vol Court Session

From left to right are Myra Hamilton, UT Federal Credit Union; Christopher Saah; David Morehous; Dave Seeman; and Dave Williams, UT Anderson Center.

A business that simplifies wedding registries for couples is the winner of this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Dave Seeman, senior in mechanical engineering and founder of Willow List, an innovative gift registry that uses crowd sourcing to fund gifts, won first place and received $1,000 to move his business forward.

Business Alumna Establishes Endowment for Grads to Golf Program

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Alumna Janet McKinley has established an endowment to promote an interest in golf among female Master of Business Administration students. The Janet McKinley MBA Golf Endowment will be based in the College of Business Administration. Earnings from the endowment will fund the new Grads to Golf program.

Business Dean Emeritus Receives Leadership Award

Jan-Williams

Jan Williams, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of UT’s College of Business Administration, received the John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award, given by the Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Allied Academies Spring 2014 International Conference.

Alum Earns Award for Being Top CPA Examination Performer

A UT alumna has been honored for her outstanding performance on the CPA exam. Margaret Sharp, of Knoxville, has received the prestigious 2013 American Institute of CPAs Elijah Watt Sells Award. Only fifty-five individuals out of 94,154 test takers, or .05 percent, received this distinction.

MBA Team Places Second in National Deloitte Challenge Case Competition

A team of students from UT’s College of Business Administration took high honors in the Deloitte Inaugural Supply Chain Challenge, coming in at second place. Members of the UT Master of Business Administration team were Daniel Conrad, Sarah Womack, Rachel Hylton, and Whit Shofner.

UT Team Outperforms Market in TVA Investment Challenge

A team of College of Business Administration students competing in the 2013 TVA Investment Challenge outperformed the market and earned almost $6,000 for its successful performance. The team’s portfolio provided a return of 39.5 percent, above the 32.4 percent return generated by the S&P 500.

Graduate Programs in Engineering, Business Nationally Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings released today. UT’s graduate program in nuclear engineering now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The supply chain management and logistics graduate program held steady at seventh place among public universities and eleventh place nationally, the same as last year.

Boyd Venture Fund Seeking Applications from Student-Owned Companies for Spring 2014 Grants

For the seventh consecutive semester, the Boyd Venture Fund is soliciting applications from student-owned companies interested in securing a grant to help grow their businesses. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, March 24. The UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation administers the fund. All UT students, regardless of academic discipline or degree program (doctoral, master’s, or undergraduate) are eligible to apply.