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April 1, 2013

From Steve

Mark your calendars for two upcoming faculty meetings:

>> April 10, 3 - 4 p.m., in 402 HBB
This faculty meeting will be an open forum with Provost Susan Martin and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. There will be no formal agenda.

>> April 22, 3 - 5 p.m., in 402 HBB
The agenda for this faculty meeting will be sent out by April 15.

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Executive Committee Meeting, March 19, 2013

The Executive Committee continued its on-going "deep dive" into the finances of the college at our last meeting. We specifically focused on the College of Business Administration engagement in funded research (contracts and grants), highlighting the associated Facilities & Administration (F&A) and Research Incentive Funds (RIF) that flow to the college and its units from this funded research. We will continue our examination of college finances by next focusing on financial recoveries to departments and the college in the form of buyouts and extra service pay activities.

The committee also briefly discussed the college's annual academic planning meeting with the Provost. The meeting with the Provost focused on college activities contributing to progress toward Vol Vision/Top 25, with areas of focus including undergraduate education, graduate education, research and scholarship, faculty, infrastructure, globalization and diversity.

Finally, it was noted that there was a significant increase in CBA student participation in the campus wide Exhibition of UG Research and Creative Achievement (EURECA) this year. It is expected that this level of participation and interest will continue to grow into the future, likely necessitating increased faculty participation as judges in future years.

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College Awards' Nominees

Accounting and Information Management
AIM is proud to announce the success of our students in passing the CPA exam on their first attempt. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) released the 2012 CPA examination passage rates for all universities across the United States, noting that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's first-time candidates earned the 16th highest passage rate (top 6%) among students attending large universities ("large" defined as a university with 60 or more candidates taking the exam during the year). UT's students landed in the top 5% of all universities, earning the 37th highest passage rate.

AIM Ph.D. student Leah Muriel has just accepted an offer to join the faculty at Oklahoma State University this fall. This is a nice reward for all of the hard work that Leah has put in while she has been in our program and continues a series of strong placements by our students.

We are excited that Izabela M. VanDeest has accepted our offer to join our AIM faculty this fall as a lecturer working 50% of her time with the Master of Accountancy program. She comes to us from Decosimo and Company, CPA where she was working on their assurance staff. She is a graduate of our Masters of Accountancy program (2011).

Vicky (Yu) and Tony welcomed their son, Ryan Siyu Zhang, to the world on Saturday, March 23 at 3:44 am. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and is 21" in length. The whole family are doing well.

Full-Time MBA
Thanks to Allen Pannell for serving as coach for the first annual SEC MBA Case Competition Team. The team will compete in Columbia, Missouri, on April 11-13. Thanks also to Linda Lyle, Lisa Murray, Angel Norman, Charlie Noble, Glenn Swift, and Lynn Youngs for agreeing to review the team's practice presentations.

Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Chad Autry was named Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management.

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