The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

College of Business Adminstration at the University of Tennessee e-Newsletters for the College of Business Administration at UT.


April 10, 2014

Message from Steve

Dear Colleagues,

Graduation will soon be here and another semester in the books. It is a wonderful time of the year, when graduating students enjoy a great sense of accomplishment and receive the congratulations of their families and friends. Graduation can also be a wonderful time for us. As faculty and staff we play important roles in that which is celebrated at graduation. As it is for our graduates and their families, commencement is a time for us to reflect on our opportunity to influence for good the lives of the students who pass through our college.

An experience from early in my academic life comes back to my memory at each graduation. As a young assistant professor, I attended the school's graduation ceremony and the reception that followed. A student from one of my classes approached me, introducing his parents. The interaction allowed me to praise the student in the presence of his parents. The student's father thanked me for my words and acknowledged his pride in his son's accomplishment, his son being the first college graduate in their extended family. He then mentioned that for the past four years, he and his wife rose every morning at 3:30 am for him to milk the cows at a neighbor's farm in addition to the cows on his farm, and for his wife to deliver the morning newspaper throughout their rural area, all in order to pay for their child's college education.

This former student has enjoyed a successful career as a result of his college education, and now has his own children, two of whom are recent college graduates and the other enrolled and progressing toward her degree. The sacrifice made by his parents in making college possible for him, continues now to pay dividends in the lives of his children. Education changes lives and betters the future.

Please consider establishing a habit of attending our graduation ceremonies and the student/family reception that typically follows. The investment of time is rather modest, the opportunity to sense the impact of your work is priceless. Our spring graduation will take place on May 9th at 2 pm, with Dave Ramsey being our commencement speaker.

Steve

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Executive Committee Meeting

Excellent progress appears to be occurring with the eight established strategic task forces. Reports are expected to be completed by April 15.

Academic departments have thus far submitted names of 14 individuals to be invited to this year's Future Faculty Program. Invitations will be issued soon.

CBA has been chosen to lead the way in the rollout of the university's new faculty accomplishment reporting system called Elements. Executive Committee members are beginning that process with the entry of data from their vitaes. Once bugs are identified and corrected, roll out will move to CBA faculty as well.

The Dean's Advisory Council will hold its semi annual meeting on Friday, April 11th. Celebration of the naming of the C. Warren Neel corporate Governance Center will occur that same day at 10:30 am in the Stokely Hospitality Lounge. All faculty and staff are welcomed to attend.

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Big Orange Family Campaign

Wow! Thank you to the entire CBA faculty and staff community. Across the college, our combined participation rate was 92 percent, with 237 of a possible 258 individuals participating. Five units within the college achieved a 100 percent participation rate: AIM, CBER, CIRPC, FIN, and MGT. Campus wide, CBA led the way, with the highest participation rate among all academic units on campus. You make us proud!

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Century Celebration Update

Between the floor mats, wall medallions, banners, and mounted timelines in the Haslam atrium area, hopefully everyone now knows that this is the college's centennial year. Celebration events continue. One thousand campaign style button were recently given away to students. Just prior to exam week, brain shaped stress balls will be given away, followed in the fall by T shirts, ice cream, and a chance to send favorite faculty into the waters of a dunking booth. A social media component to the celebration will launch soon so keep your eyes open for that!

A small commemorative gift will be distributed to faculty and staff at the college reception on April 22nd. We would like to involve faculty and staff in the distribution of the stress balls to students on April 29th between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. Students would particularly enjoy seeing their faculty involved. If you are able to devote 30 minutes to this effort, please email Tami Touchstone and let her know when you are available. We will then get back to you, confirming your "assignment."

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Heard in the Hallway

“The university’s Big Orange Family Campaign Celebration and the college’s Honors Reception are scheduled on the same day and at exactly the same time (4:30 to 6 pm).”

Isn’t it wonderful that we have so much to celebrate! While it would certainly be preferable to not have overlapping events, the conflict was inadvertent with the college event being scheduled prior to the university’s announcement of the campaign celebration. Re-scheduling the college event would carry with it other issues, including the probability of creating other conflicts, so we decided to go ahead as originally planned. The reception will begin at 4:30 with the awards announcements beginning around 5 pm. So while the timing might be tight, those wishing to make an appearance at both events can conceivably do so.

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Reminders

www.shgstores.com/utkcba/site/index
1. Faculty and staff can order from the college’s online store and will receive a 15% discount using the code CBA2014. The departments and programs who have chosen to participate have their logos available for embroidered items such as button downs and golf shirts.

2. We ask that all items stored in SMC stairwells be removed as soon as possible. The State Fire Marshal's Office requires that these areas remain clear of debris and storage at all times.

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If you have a news item for Pace, please email it to Tami Touchstone at tamit@utk.edu.

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Department ~ 453 Haslam Business Building ~ Knoxville, TN ~ 37996 - 4140
Phone: 865-974-5061 ~ Fax: 865-974-1766 ~ Email:CBA@utk.edu

College of Business Administration's Facebook Page.   College of Business Administration's Twitter Page.   College of Business Administration on LinkedIn.

 

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System