College of Business Administration News

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.

UT Students Rank in Top 3 Percent in Nation for Passing 2013 CPA Exam

UT students ranked in the top 3 percent in the nation for their passage rates on the Certified Public Accountant exam, according to recently released numbers. UT students ranked twenty-sixth out of 787 schools among all national programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, which recently reported its 2013 CPA examination passage rates for all US universities.

Political Speech Study Receiving National Attention

The tone and content of a politician’s speech affects whether businesses make financial and employment investments in that politician’s state, according to a new study co-authored by Larry Fauver, the James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Financial Institutions in the College of Business Administration.

Full-Time MBA Program Hosts Open House January 16

UT’s full-time Master of Business Administration Program will host an open house for prospective candidates on Thursday, January 16. Representatives from the innovative program will present information on the structure of its curriculum, the application and admissions process, financial aid, and career opportunities.

UT Study: Political Speeches Affect Businesses’ Investments in States

The tone and content of a politician’s speech affects whether businesses make financial and employment investments in that politician’s state, according to a new study from UT. Larry Fauver, the James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Financial Institutions in the College of Business Administration, co-authored the study, which examined gubernatorial speeches in the United States.

Behn to Lead Business College Master’s, Executive Education Programs

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Effective January 1, 2014, new leadership will come to the College of Business Administration’s master’s and executive education programs. Bruce Behn, the Deloitte LLP Professor, will become associate dean for graduate programs and executive education. He succeeds Matt Myers, who is leaving for a dean position at Miami University in Ohio.

Tom Cervone Returns to UT as Managing Director of Professional MBA Program

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Tom Cervone has returned to UT as managing director of the Professional Master of Business Administration program. Cervone is a 2010 graduate of the program, which is based in the College of Business Administration. Since graduation, he has been serving as a leadership development coach for the program.

UT Welcomed into CFA Institute University Recognition Program

UT has become part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program, a consortium that includes fewer than 120 universities worldwide and fewer than seventy-five in the Americas. The Chartered Financial Analyst designation is a respected and recognized investment credential. To earn the CFA designation, individuals must pass three levels of exams over a three-year time frame.

Retailer for Social Cause Wins Fall 2013 Vol Court Session

From left to right: Dave Morehous of Morehous Legal Group PLLC; Jill Van Beke of Launch Tennessee; Chelsea Padgham, founder of Style with Benefits; and Jonathan Patrick of the UT Federal Credit Union.

A retailer that sells artisan goods to benefit social causes has won this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition. Chelsea Padgham, a senior in economics and founder of Style with Benefits, won first place and received $1,000 to move her business forward.