College of Business Administration News

Corporate Governance Center Named for Former Business Dean Warren Neel


A UT center with a national reputation for its work in corporate governance has been named for its founder, former business dean C. Warren Neel. The UT Board of Trustees approved the naming of the C. Warren Neel Corporate Governance Center during its winter meeting at UT Martin. Neel served as dean of the College of Business Administration for twenty-five years.

Students to Build Giant Box Fort, Raise National Debt Awareness February 21

A group of students will build a giant cardboard box fort on Friday, February 21, in an effort to educate their peers about how the $17 trillion national debt is affecting them. The transformation of at least 5,000 cardboard boxes into the Power T begins at 8:00 a.m. near the Pedestrian Mall. The fort will be six feet tall and about 100 feet long.

Graduate Business Programs to Host Open House February 24

UT’s College of Business Administration is hosting a Graduate Business Programs Open House for prospective students on Monday, February 24. The 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. event will be in the Haslam Business Building. Prospective students will have the opportunity to speak with administrators and current students from a variety of programs.

Seventh Annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition Underway

Got the next big idea? Think you might have an entrepreneurial streak? Like challenges and the chance to make an impact? If so, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation invites you to enter the seventh annual Business Plan Competition. The submission deadline is February 24. All undergraduate students on the Knoxville campus—from any college and from any discipline—are eligible.

Google HR Business Partner to Speak February 27


Justin Angsuwat, a lead human resource business partner at Google, will be on campus on Thursday, February 27, to speak about Google and his career that led him there. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Cox Auditorium. It is hosted by UT’s Society of Human Resource Management.

UT Expert: Olympic Infrastructure Investments, Not Venues, Bring Economic Growth

All eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics this week as athletes compete to take the gold. But what happens to the city and sporting facilities that have been built for the event once everyone returns home? It’s a question Scott Holladay, an assistant professor of economics at UT, has considered. He’s studied the overall impact of the Olympics on a host city’s long-term growth.

Student Businesses Awarded Boyd Venture Grants

Three entrepreneurial ventures owned by UT students were granted a total of $17,000 by the Boyd Venture Fund. Since the Boyd Venture Fund’s inception in 2011, fourteen student-owned companies have been awarded a total of $104,500 to advance their businesses.

Spring Vol Court Entrepreneurial Workshops Kick Off February 11

A series of workshops that provide faculty, students, and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses kicks off February 11. The Vol Court spring 2014 program will run through March 25. Workshops will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 103 of the James A. Haslam II Business Building.