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July 9, 2015

Message from Steve

Happy summer! For some, summer affords the opportunity for concentrated research, curriculum development time and the leading of study abroad trips. For others, summer includes a flood of excited future Volunteers (and their parents) to orientation and initial academic advising. For still others, summer includes special programming such as the recently completed and very successful BETS program. The lighter use of our classrooms and buildings provides others much needed access for repairs, upgrades and deeper than usual cleaning. Through it all, some things maintain their normal pattern…ongoing EMBA sessions to manage, summer semester teaching, development visits, and academic and professional conferences to name a few. While continuing to move things forward in your work, I hope that you will find time for family and friends, whether close to home or far away, and to enjoy, relax, recharge, contemplate and dream…to do what only you want to do.

At the recent UT Board of Trustees meeting, the board acted to support a proposed increase in the Haslam College of Business undergraduate fee differential. We are grateful to the board for supporting this proposal.

My primary reason for mentioning this event is two fold. It is a recent example of the leadership and continued support that we receive from Chancellor Cheek and Provost Martin. They devoted significant hours in advance of the formal meeting to individually inform trustees of our plan, answering questions and addressing any concerns. I also want to praise our students and their role in this process. In our spring semester meetings with students, they voiced strong support for the initiative, having foresight and trust that the enhancements made possible by the increase will benefit students and increase the value of the Haslam undergraduate degree over time. Student support weighed significantly in the board’s deliberations.

Let me end my thoughts with a return to “the big picture.” Board endorsement of this proposal is significant in continuing to move the Haslam College of Business forward in the accomplishment of our strategic plan. The Haslam strategic plan, with its four core initiatives and 20 supporting goals, requires sizeable incremental resources to succeed. Some of those needed incremental funds were made possible by the generosity of the Haslam family gift. Others will come through the successful completion of our current $175 million fundraising campaign. Still others are generated through the implementation of the strategic plan itself—through new academic programs and through greater efficiency in our operations. Increasing the undergraduate fee differential rate was an important piece and now provides funding needed for pursuing the undergraduate program goals and objectives of the college’s strategic plan.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. The beginning of a new academic year of opportunities is not far distant.

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It's Promotion Time in Tennessee

We would like to give our congratulations to 11 Haslam faculty members who have been granted promotions in recent weeks. A total of four members of the marketing and supply chain faculty, three management faculty, two members of the finance department, and one representative each from the accounting and economics departments were elevated. Here’s a closer look at those who received good news.

Cheryl Barksdale, Management – Promoted from lecturer to senior lecturer

John Bell, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Granted tenure and promoted from assistant to associate professor

Neeraj Bharadwaj, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Granted tenure and promoted from assistant to associate professor

Mark Collins, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Promoted to UT distinguished lecturer after holding that same title within the college for a number of years

Tom Graves, Management – Promoted from lecturer to senior lecturer

Mary Holcomb, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Promoted from associate professor to professor

LeAnn Luna, Accounting and Information Management – Promoted from associate professor to professor

Suzan Murphy, Finance – Promoted from senior lecturer to UT distinguished lecturer

Christian Vossler, Economics – Promoted from associate professor to professor

Tracie Woidtke, Finance – Promoted from associate professor to professor

Kathy Wood, Management – Promoted from lecturer to senior lecturer

Promotion and Tenure Recipients

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Kudos to Haslam's Summer Research Award Recipients

Thanks to generous support from our donors, we were able to recognize 11 summer research award recipients this year. That total nearly doubles the six recipients of last year’s inaugural awards.

You may recall that one of the goals under our thought leadership core priority is to recognize and promote exemplary faculty research productivity through a program of this nature. We are thrilled with the rapid growth made possible by the financial backing of our donors, which was certainly spurred by our development staff’s efforts.

Without further delay, we present (with a big kudos!) the faculty who are recipients of this year’s awards.

Chad Autry, William J. Taylor Professor of Supply Chain Management – Kinney Family Faculty Research Fellow

James Chyz, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Information Management – Jeff & Janet Davis Faculty Research Fellow

Russell Crook, Associate Professor, Management – Roy & Audrey Fancher Faculty Research Fellow

Tim Munyon, Assistant Professor, Management – Ray & Joan Myatt Faculty Research Fellow

Andy Puckett, Associate Professor and Massingale Scholar, Finance – Kinney Family Faculty Research Fellow

Georg Schaur, Associate Professor, Economics – Stewart Bartley Family Faculty Research Fellow

Wendy Tate, Associate Professor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Charlie & Caroline Newcomer Faculty Research Fellow

Christian Vossler, Professor, Economics – Nancy & David McKinney Faculty Research Fellow

Marianne Wanamaker, Assistant Professor, Economics – Kinney Family Faculty Research Fellow

David Williams, Assistant Professor, Management – Stanley Bowden Faculty Research Fellow

Tracie Woidtke, David E. Sharp/Home Federal Bank Tennessee Professor in Banking and Finance – Charles & Dorothy Duggan Faculty Research Fellow

Summer Research Award Recipients

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Another Successful BETS Program on the Books

This year’s BETS program kicked off on Thursday, June 18, welcoming 29 of the brightest high school seniors representing Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi and Maryland.

The BETS program, or Business Education for Talented Students, is designed to introduce underrepresented and first-generation college students to the dynamic world of business and to life as a college student. During this nine-day residential program, students participated in team building activities, an etiquette luncheon, college/financial aid workshops, corporate visits and workshops in each of several disciplines: finance, supply chain, human resources, economics, public administration, marketing, management and accounting.

This year’s class carried an average GPA of 3.45. Students were chosen through a formal application process in which they had to submit a letter of recommendation from a school official, their transcript, a list of community involvement/leadership activities and an essay. The program was held from June 18-27 at the Haslam College of Business with McCormick, Dixon Hughes Goodman, PepsiCo, Boeing and Scripps Networks serving as this year’s program sponsors.

We thank Tyvi Small, Janice Branch and Alissa Reeves for their tireless efforts to make this program a worthwhile experience for these students. There were undoubtedly others throughout the college who also took some part in the programming for this event. We extend our gratitude to all who contributed their time and talents.

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