May 2011

'Squish Water Bottles' Wins Vol Court

Tom Graves, Zach Linn, Joy Fisher

Hard plastic or metal water bottles may be a thing of the past if Zach Linn, a senior majoring in retailing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has his way. Linn's business idea of a squishable water bottle was the winner of the spring 2011 Vol Court pitch competition. Linn won $500 to invest in his business, Squish Bottles. A second-place prize of $250 was awarded to a team that developed a new online coupon site that connects the support of local businesses to local fundraising causes.

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UT and PepsiCo Partner in Groundbreaking Educational Diversity Initiative

Pepsico logoTwenty-two students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Business Administration have spent spring semester 2011 learning about today's globally diverse workplace. This is the inaugural offering of the PepsiCo Diversity Leadership Development Program, a program that prepares juniors and seniors in the College of Business Administration to work in fields or organizations where workplace diversity is a reality.

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UT Establishes Comprehensive Global Supply Chain Institute

logoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration is taking its 35 years of experience and reputation as an internationally top-ranked institution in supply chain management and launching a unique Global Supply Chain Institute.

This institute is unique because of its extensive array of supply chain programs, vast international network of industry and university partnerships, unparalleled faculty expertise, and global impact.

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UT Hosts Second Knoxville Economics Forum

Dennis LockhartThe Great Recession may be gone, but it is not forgotten. Economists say it will take years for the U.S. and Tennessee economies to recover. In the meantime, policymakers have begun to identify causes of the crisis and lessons for the future.

A local organization dedicated to an ongoing public discussion of such business and economic issues as they relate to East Tennessee recently held its second meeting. The Knoxville Economics Forum, organized by the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, met on April 8 at Club LeConte in downtown Knoxville.

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UT Joins 2011 TVA Investment Challenge

TVA logoAfter taking a three-year hiatus, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration is participating in the 2011 TVA Investment Challenge (TVAIC) -- a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and 24 universities in its service area, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

In the challenge, students actively manage TVA stock portfolios, each worth approximately $250,000. They design long-term investment strategies, place trades and provide performance reports to TVA. Students are held to guidelines that are similar to TVA's professional money managers.

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Scholarship Luncheons Bring Students and Alumni Together

Scholorship donors and recipientsThe College of Business Administration is continually looking for ways to bring business students and alumni together. The ultimate thank-you graduates can give the college is to “learn, earn, and return” by contributing toward the success of today’s students. Donors who provide scholarship opportunities for future business leaders take this motto to heart as they give back to the college that helped them build their professional foundations.

In recognition of scholarship donors’ generosity, the Department of Development & Alumni Affairs invites all scholarship donors to meet the students they are currently benefitting. The donors and students have the opportunity to meet over lunch; this provides the opportunity for donors and students to get to know each other better and for the students to learn from the experience of the donors.

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In this Issue:

- 'Squish Water Bottles' Wins Vol Court

- UT and PepsiCo Partner in
    Educational Diversity Initiative

- UT Establishes Comprehensive
    Global Supply Chain Institute

- UT Hosts Second Knoxville
    Economics Forum

- UT Joins 2011 TVA Investment

- Scholarship Luncheons Bring
    Students and Alumni Together

- Alumni Spotlight

- Student Spotlight

- Faculty Spotlight

- Upcoming Alumni Event

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Graduate Hooding Ceremony

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May 30
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May 31
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Alumni Spotlight

Shelly SunUT College of Business Administration saw one of its own on a recent episode of the hit CBS reality series Undercover Boss. Shelly Sun, co-founder and CEO of BrightStar Care®, one of the nation's fastest-growing providers of private healthcare, traveled to the front lines of her company. Sun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.  Sun's stepfather, Dr. Anthony Kattine, was dear to her, as seen through her journey on Undercover Boss, and worked in the pathology department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for over thirty years.  Tony, whom Sun referred to as "Daddy" in life and on the show, passed away August 21, 2009.


Student Spotlight

Bruce LeeFull-time MBA student Bruce Lee will be the first to tell you he is not the “typical” MBA candidate. While most students in the program are in their twenties with several years of corporate work experience, Lee, a native of Andong, Korea, who is in his forties, has a diverse entrepreneurial background.

Lee spent his early childhood in Korea before moving to the U.S. when he was in high school. After graduating from UT Knoxville in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, Lee seized the opportunity to be his own boss. For three years, he owned and operated a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins location in Knoxville, building relationships within the community.


Faculty Spotlight

Suzan MurphySuzan Murphy, distinguished lecturer in finance and assistant to the head of the Department of Finance, joined the UT faculty in 1991 as an adjunct math instructor. Murphy brought experience as a high school math, accounting, and business teacher as well as several years as a certified management consultant for a variety of clients. Since 1996, Murphy has served in countless capacities throughout the College of Business Administration. In her role as a distinguished lecturer, she teaches financial management and financial statement analysis to undergraduate students as well as general finance courses in the full-time and Professional MBA programs. As the assistant to the head of the Department of Finance, Murphy consults on matters including undergraduate curriculum, class scheduling, scholarship administration, etc.


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Chicago Area Alumni Reception

Hosted by Howard and Wendy Allenberg
Monday, June 20th
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