April 2010

Business and Basketball

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On February 26, members of the College of Business Administration Dean’s Circle gathered at the Chris Lofton Recruiting Lounge in Pratt Pavilion before the UT men’s basketball game. Hosted by the college’s alumni annual giving chair, Michael T. Strickland, Dean’s Circle members were joined by special guests including Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, legendary women’s basketball Coach Pat Summitt, Lady Vols Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick, Lady Vols Athletic Director Joan Cronan, Tennessee Basketball legend Dane Bradshaw, and Tennessee football standout Jeff Hall.

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UT Students Win in National Accounting Case Competition

AICPAA team of four University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students won $5,000 for demonstrating excellence in sustainability accounting. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) awarded the students second place in a national case competition focused on enhancing environmental sustainability practices at a luxury hotel. The winning team’s members were Camille Crumpton, junior in accounting and international business; Daniel Aycock, junior in accounting and international business; Johannah Reed, junior in environmental studies; and Richard Lusk, junior in logistics and international business. Three of the four students are in university honors programs.

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College of Business Administration Alumnus Visits Campus,
Featured in UT Accomplished Alumni Program

JacobsUniversity of Tennessee alumnus Philip C. Jacobs, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Service Corporation International, received an Accomplished Alumnus award from the university while on campus March 9. The award program is coordinated by the UT Office of Alumni Affairs.

Jacobs holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has more than 23 years of experience in retailing and marketing communications, including serving as CMO and other management roles at several of the nation’s top advertising agencies, as well as client-side positions.

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College of Business Administration Graduate Programs Again Nationally Ranked

U.S. News & World ReportGraduate programs in the University of  Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration were nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Poets and Quants.

The executive-level MBA programs ranked in the Top 50 among executive MBA programs across North America, according to Poets & Quants for Executives. The programs ranked 45th among all public andprivate universities in North America and 20th among all public universities.

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Global Supply Chain Forum Holds Inaugural Meeting

Global Supply Chain ForumThis June in Paris, two internationally ranked universities will bring together world-class industry and faculty leaders to discuss global supply chain issues, opportunities and best practices. The inaugural meeting of the Global Supply Chain Forum, scheduled for June 28-29, is a collaboration between the University of Tennessee and ESSEC Business School (Paris and Singapore). UT's internationally ranked faculty members include some of the most-published academics on supply chain. ESSEC is a leading European business school and a world leader in executive education with expertise in logistics and supply chain.

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In this Issue:

- Business and Basketball

- UT Students Win in National
    Accounting Case Competition

- Alumnus Featured in UT
    Accomplished Alumni Program

- Graduate Programs Again
    Nationally Ranked

- Global Supply Chain Forum Holds
    Inaugural Meeting

- Faculty Spotlight

- Alumni Spotlight

- Student Spotlight

- Upcoming Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

April 6-8
Forecasting and Demand Management Forum

April 7
CBA Honors Banquet

April 8
Knoxville Economic Forum

April 12
TVHRA Meeting

April 14
PepsiCo Diversity Leadership Development Program

April 15
Advisory Council to the Dean

April 18
UT Investment Group Meeting

April 20
Atlanta-Based CBA Alumni Reception*

April 22
Spring Recess

April 26-29
Lean for the Operating Room Program

April 28-29
Accounting Roundtable

April 29
Last Day of Spring Semester Classes

May 5
Nashville Area Alumni Reception Hosted by Vaco

*for more information, contact

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Faculty Spotlight

Harold BlackHarold Black, James F. Smith Jr. Professor of Financial Institutions, joined the UT College of Business Administration faculty in 1987.  However, he made history over 20 years earlier when he was the first African American student to attend the University of Georgia’s College of Business and live in an on-campus residence hall. You can read about Black’s experience in the 1960’s at

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Black earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. His work since has including lecturing, consulting, and publishing extensively in the areas of financial institutions and the monetary system.


Alumni Spotlight

Nasser DaneshvaryUniversity of Tennessee alumnus Dr. Nasser Daneshvary left his native Iran over 35 years ago to pursue his degree in economics in the UT College of Business Administration. While his original intent was to return home to teach after graduation, he lost the financial support of the Iranian government in 1979 after the overthrow of the shah and formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Daneshvary chose to remain in the United States to pursue his academic career, and today has become highly respected in his field.

After graduating from UT in 1984, Daneshvary taught at Tusculum College (Tennessee), Norwich University (Vermont), and Southeast Missouri State University. In 1990, Nasser and his wife, Rennae Sletten Daneshvary (also an academician), joined the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).


Student Spotlight

Ben HymanUT College of Business Administration senior Ben Hyman faces a flurry of major life events in the coming months. In May, Hyman will graduate summa cum laude in logistics and international business; get married; move to Houston, Texas; and begin working for ExxonMobil. However Hyman’s history shows he is certainly up for the task(s) at hand. He has been on the dean’s list for five semesters during his time at UT, studied abroad twice, earned numerous scholarships, and been an active member of numerous student organizations.

A Knoxville, Tennessee, native, Hyman has lived in East Tennessee his entire life. An avid swimmer with a heart for service, he earned his Eagle Scout designation in 2006 and worked as an American Red Cross lifeguard instructor.


Upcoming Alumni Events

Dean Jan R. Williams invites you to join us at these two alumni networking events:

Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, April 20
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Dixon Hughes, PLLC
225 Peachtree Street NE #600
Hosted by:

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Nashville, Tennessee
Tuesday, May 3
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Cheekwood Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Hosted by:

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