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July 2011

DineTouch and its UT Founders Receive $10K Boyd Venture Fund Grant

Boyd Venture Fund Winners.

DineTouch LLC and its UT Knoxville student founders Joey Natour and Seth Elliott recently received the inaugural Boyd Venture Fund grant, worth $10,000. The seed-granting fund, administered by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Business Administration, is available to UT Knoxville student-owned businesses. Funding is awarded each spring and fall.

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Dean Jan R. Williams Chairs Premier Business School Accreditation Group

Jan R. Williams.

Jan R. Williams, dean of the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, has begun a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB International is an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 78 countries and territories. Its mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. For more about the association, visit their site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/about/.  

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High School Students Explore Business World through Summer Program

Bets.

Twenty-nine high school students from across Tennessee recently were on the UT Knoxville campus for a weeklong program that allowed them to learn about the world of business and potential business careers. This is the fourth year for Business Education for Talented Students (BETS), a program that allows students from communities underrepresented in the business world to explore business career opportunities. Over the past four years, 89 high school students have participated in this program, at no cost to them.

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Full Time MBA Program Educates While Helping Community

Tennessee MBA Program.

The full-time MBA program at the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration is breaking educational ground, giving students the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice while adding to the long-term value of social cause organizations in East Tennessee.

Innovation in Practice, first offered in spring 2011, is an applied-learning course now required for all first-year, full-time MBA students. Student teams partner on real-world consulting "engagements" for regional nonprofit organizations; they develop the critical skills of seeing things others miss, leading transformational change, managing projects, collaborating, and "walking in the footsteps" of executives and boards of directors.

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UT Faculty Member Named To World Trade Magazine's "Fabulous 50 Plus One" Most Influential List

Kate Vitasek.

Vested Outsourcing and UT Knoxville lead faculty member Kate Vitasek made World Trade magazine's prestigious list of people, places, and things influencing the world of trade. World Trade recognized Vitasek and fifty other notables who are transforming the ever-evolving global supply chain through their direct and indirect contributions affecting product design, corporate stewardship, carbon footprinting, renewable energy, technology, and overall supply chain sustainability. Vitasek is a lead faculty member and researcher at the Center for Executive Education in the College of Business Administration; she teaches Vested Outsourcing and Performance-Based Logistics.

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Professional MBA Grads Credit Program with Helping Their Company Win Three Business Awards

Ingenium.

Ingenium Professional Services Inc., co-owned by UT Professional MBA graduates Mike (2004) and Kathleen (2008) Schlitz, has earned its third small business award of the year—the Y-12 National Security Complex 2010 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year award. Earlier this year, the company won the Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2010 Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year award and the Department of Energy's 2010 Protégé of the Year award. Small-business awards recognize small-sized businesses that provide superior services and innovative solutions to promote the Department of Energy's mission objectives and requirements.

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College of Business Redesigns its Global Supply Chain Executive Development Program

College of Business.

For more than 35 years, the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration has excelled in delivering an internationally renowned executive education supply chain curriculum. Given the dynamic and ever-changing supply chain arena, the college has revamped its executive-level curriculum to address today's issues.

"Ten megatrends drove the need for us to develop a new educational program for supply chain executives," said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. "There was a need for a new, fresh curriculum to prepare supply chain executives for the future environment they will face."

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Paul Dittmann Selected One of DC Velocity 2011 Rainmakers

Paul Dittmann.

DC Velocity has announced is 2011 list of “rainmakers” honorees, made up of 15 professionals who have made impactful contributions to the profession of supply chain management. The UT College of Business Administration’s Paul Dittman, executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, was selected as one of the year’s honorees. Please join us in congratulating Paul on this exciting accomplishment, and read more about the 2011 Rainmakers by visiting this web site:
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In this Issue:

- DineTouch and its UT Founders Receive
  $10K Boyd Venture Fund Grant


- Dean Jan R. Williams Chairs Premier
  Business School Accreditation Group


- High School Students Explore Business
  World through Summer Program


- Full Time MBA Program Educates While
  Helping Community


- UT Faculty Member Named To World Trade
  Magazine's "Fabulous 50 Plus One" Most
  Influential List


- Professional MBA Grads Credit Program
  with Helping Their Company Win Three
  Business Awards


- College of Business Redesigns its Global
   Supply Chain Executive Development
   Program


- Paul Dittmann Selected One of DC Velocity
   2011 Rainmakers


- Alumni Spotlight

- Faculty Spotlight

- Student Spotlight

- Upcoming Event


Upcoming Events


August 8

Knoxville Economics Forum Featuring Senator Bob Corker

August 9
Summer School Ends

August 10
Summer Graduation Date

September 3
Open House in Haslam Business
Building (3:00-5:00)

Pre-Game Lecture (3:30-4:00) by Dr. Bill Fox on Today’s Economy

September 5
(No Classes, Offices Closed)

October 8
Open House and Lecture Series Before UT Home Game

Warren Slagle Accounting Day

October 14
First Tennessee Foundation MBA Symposium

October 28
Third Annual Alumni Awards Gala

November 5
Open House in Haslam Business Building

Pre-Game Lecture by Lynn Youngs on the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


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Alumni Spotlight

Ron Frieson.Ronald E. Frieson is senior vice president, external affairs for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In his role, Frieson is responsible for marketing, public relations, and government and legislative matters. He recently was featured on NBC’s Today Show for his work with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Frieson currently serves on the policy committee for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals. Prior to this role, Frieson served as interim president and CEO of the Atlanta Urban League, and he is credited with providing needed leadership during a difficult period in the organization’s history.

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Faculty Spotlight

Marianne Wanamaker.Marianne Wanamaker, Ph.D., has been quite busy in her two years with the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration, to say the least. The Martin, TN, native joined the faculty of the college in 2009 after earning her undergraduate degree in math and economics from Vanderbilt and her masters and Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

Wanamaker’s earliest professional experience was as a consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, MA, a strategy consulting firm with a diverse global clientele. During her time at Bain, Wanamaker’s focus primarily was on retail and healthcare market strategy and turnaround.

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Student Spotlight

Jordana Walls-Smith.Memphis, TN, native and White Station High School alumna Jordana Walls-Smith has exemplified the spirit of a true volunteer during her time at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Walls-Smith, an accounting major with a minor in retail and consumer sciences, has been actively involved on campus while maintaining an admirable 3.4 GPA. She represents the College of Business Administration as a College of Business Administration Ambassador, working with prospective students and alumni of the college during events and giving tours of the Haslam Business Building to alumni and prospective students.

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