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Behn Appointed Head of Accounting and Information Management

Congratulations to Bruce Behn on his recent appointment as head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management. Behn is the Ergen Professor of Business in the College of Business Administration and a faculty fellow in the Center for Business and Economic Research.

Behn is currently chair of the AICPA's Pre-certification Education Executive Committee. He is a past chair of the Pathways Commission, vice-president of the American Accounting Association (AAA), president of the International Accounting Section (AAA) and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA).

Behn has also been the recipient of a number of teaching awards including the AAA's Innovation in Accounting Education award, UT's Alumni Outstanding Teaching award, and the Tennessee Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator of the Year. Most recently, Behn was honored with Beta Alpha Psi's (the business fraternity) Business Information Professional of the Year for Professional Services award.

Behn joined the UT College of Business Administration faculty in 1994 after completing his doctorate and MBA at Arizona State University. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to earning his Ph.D., Behn worked for Rockwell International in Uithoorn, The Netherlands, as the international financial coordinator for Allen-Bradley Europa B.V., Allen-Bradley Company as a controller and financial analyst, and KPMG Peat Marwick as a senior auditor. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, as well as a number of other journals, and he has served as the co-editor for the Journal of International Accounting Research and the associate editor of Issues in Accounting Education.

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Save the Dates!

This fall, the UT College of Business Administration will welcome alumni and friends back to campus through a variety of game-day events. Mark your calendar now, and plan to join us for these opportunities for food, fun, and fellowship!

• September 8 – Open House in Haslam Business Building Featuring Former Vol Star Inky Johnson
Enjoy complimentary light refreshments, self-guided tours, and a brief presentation by UT football alum Inky Johnson! Doors open at 1:00 PM before the UT home kick-off against Georgia State. Inky will speak in the Stokely Hospitality Suite at 2:00, and doors close at 3:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to make your way to Neyland Stadium for the 4:00 kick-off! This event is free for all alumni and friends; no RSVP or pre-registration required.

• September 15 – CBA Giving Society Tailgate Reception*
Dean Jan R. Williams invites all members of the college's Glocker, Archway, and 1914 Societies, and current Dean's Circle members to a special event in the Stokely Hospitality Suite of Haslam Business Building as a thank you for loyally supporting the college's students, faculty, and programs. Come enjoy complimentary heavy hors d'oeuvres, drink, and fellowship with many of your fellow College of Business Administration supporters! *This event is invitation only, which were mailed the week of August 13. If you did not receive an invitation and qualify for membership in one of the college's giving societies, please contact Meredith Hulette at mhulette@utk.edu or 865-974-7392.

• November 3 – Homecoming BBQ
The college will host its first Homecoming BBQ in the atrium of Haslam Business Building on November 3, three hours before the Vols take on Troy in the Homecoming 2012 football game (game time TBA). All alumni and friends are invited to join us for a great meal from popular local eatery Dead End BBQ including barbeque and all of the "fixins!" Pre-registration is required for this event ($12 per guest). To register, please click here.

For more information or questions on any of the college's fall events, please contact Meredith Hulette at mhulette@utk.edu or 865-974-7392

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UT's Associate Dean Ranft is a WSJ Shining Star

Women are a relatively rare sight in the top ranks of business school administration; they comprised just over 18 percent of U.S. business school deans in 2011. But that is changing as schools are aggressively working to bring female faces to the table. The Wall Street Journal asked executive search firms and current deans to name the industry's current shining and rising female stars — those who either have made it or are well on their way. Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Management Professor Annette Ranft in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration is a Wall Street Journal shining star. Joining UT in 2011 from Florida State University, Ranft earned the college's prestigious title of Reagan Professor of Business. She received her PhD in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master's in management from Georgia Tech, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Appalachian State University.

Ranft is an active member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, and the Southern Management Association. She currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Management and is on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal. Ranft's research interests are primarily in the areas of knowledge management, strategic leadership, and innovation, particularly in the context of corporate acquisitions. Her research has been published in top journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Journal of Management.

Ranft has served as department head of management at Florida State University and on the faculties at Wake Forest University and West Virginia University. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a systems consultant at AT&T and an account manager at EDS.

Joining Ranft as a Wall Street Journal star are (in alphabetical order):
1. Susan J. Ashford, management and organizations professor at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and academic director of the school's executive MBA program
2. Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
3. Alison Davis-Blake, dean of University of Michigan's Ross School of Business
4. Janice C. Eberly, assistant secretary for economic policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
5. Joan T.A. Gabel, dean of the University of Missouri's Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
6. Sarah Gardial, dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Gardial joined Tippie after spending more than 25 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration.
7. Judy D. Olian, dean of the University of California, Los Angeles's Anderson School of Management
8. Christine A. Poon, dean of Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business
9. Karen Hopper Wruck, finance professor and associate dean for graduate programs at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business
10. Sri Zaheer, dean of University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management

"It's an honor to be in the company of this incredible group of business school leaders and a privilege to be working at UT," says Ranft. "I believe in the value of higher education and its ability to impact a society one individual at a time."

The complete Wall Street Journal article is available here.

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UT Human Resources Student Organization Recognized as Industry Best

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management was recently named one of the outstanding chapters worldwide, according to its parent organization.

The Society for Human Resource Management recognized only 10 chapters out of 575 member schools around the world — eight from the United States and two from Puerto Rico.

Recognition is based on the chapter's professional development of student members, student internships, community volunteer work and contribution to the human resources management profession.

The accolade is the latest for the UT student organization. Earlier this year, a team of graduate human resource management students won the 2012 Southeast SHRM regional business plan competition and an award of $3,000.

"The Society for Human Resource Management provides amazing opportunities for our students to enhance their human resource management skills and network with human resources professionals," said Debbie Mackey, faculty advisor for UT's SHRM chapter. "The learning our members receive is priceless and something that will continue with them throughout their careers."

The UT chapter, which consists of about 50 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in human resource management, also nominated Mackey for SHRM Advisor of the Year. She's been the chapter's faculty advisor since it was chartered in 2002.

"It's such an honor just to be nominated and recognized by the students," Mackey said. To learn more about the Society for Human Resource Management, visit www.shrm.org.

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CNN: How Graduating On Time Pays Off

CNN highlighted a recent UT study that shows students who plan on obtaining a four-year degree in college shouldn't take five or six years to do it. The study, from the College of Business Administration's Center for Business and Economic Research, found that people who earned bachelor's degrees within four years received, on average, higher wages than those who earned similar degrees within six years. It still pays to get an undergraduate degree, even if it takes six years to do it, according to the study -- those who earned a bachelor's within six years made more than students who attended college but didn't earn a degree at all.

Read the CNN story in its entirety here.

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Alum Spotlight: Dena White vonWerssowetz

Dyersburg, Tennessee, native Dena White vonWerssowetz is a two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration and a rising star at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. She is a 2007 graduate with an undergraduate degree in finance and a 2009 graduate of UT's full-time MBA program, concentrating in marketing and supply chain management.

vonWerssowetz joined PepsiCo/Frito-Lay in 2009 after earning her MBA degree; she has been on the move ever since. In the past two-and-a-half years, she has had roles in shopper marketing and sales within the company. As an associate marketing manager for the company's Publix and Safeway businesses, she played a key role in winning her team the PepsiCo Global Epic Award for best in-store marketing campaign and retail activation of 2011 . She gained invaluable field experience as a key account manager, working in the Carolinas and Central Gulf regions, and maintained outstanding profitable growth of her accounts.

Recently, vonWerssowetz and her husband moved to Plano, Texas, where she will be brand manager of the company's Doritos line. In her new role on the Doritos team, vonWerssowetz will be responsible for leading several key projects in 2012 and 2013, including a global packaging launch, partnerships with Taco Bell and Anheuser Busch, and the Crash the Super Bowl program. In addition, she is launching a Doritos sub-brand, Dinamita – all projects she looks forward to with enthusiasm.

"I absolutely love my job!" said vonWerssowetz. "Every day I get to work on programs that deliver content and experiences our consumers crave."

She also expressed gratitude for her time at the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration.

"I'm very grateful for the education and experiences that I received at the University of Tennessee. Without my interactions with professors and faculty members, I would not be where I am today."

While at UT, vonWerssowetz was involved in various aspects of student life, including student government and Student Alumni Associates; she also served as Alpha Delta Pi president in 2006 and was Miss Homecoming in 2006! Last year, she married Arthur vonWerssowetz (Von), also a two-time graduate of UT. As you can see, their wedding was truly an "All Vol" affair!

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Faculty Spotlight Randy Bradley

Randy V. Bradley, PhD, lecturer in the UT College of Business Administration's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, is well-known and admired by the students on campus. In addition to his work inside the classroom, Bradley serves as faculty advisor for the UT chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and the UT Love United Gospel Choir. He has served as a representative and recruiter for the College of Business Administration at various conferences and has served on the college's technology committee and the UT Commission for Blacks.

Bradley earned his BS in computer engineering, MS in management information systems, and PhD in management of information technology and innovation, all from Auburn University. Prior to entering academia, he worked as an IT consultant in both government and commercial sectors for Camber Operations and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). He taught as an assistant professor and served as the program director of information sciences at Troy before joining the faculty of UT in 2006.

Bradley currently teaches healthcare IT strategy (with particular emphasis on electronic health records) in UT's Physician Executive MBA program, and information resources management and IT strategic planning in UT's Aerospace and Defense MBA, Professional MBA, and Global Supply Chain Executive Development programs. Additionally, he teaches e-Enterprise (enterprise systems and emerging technologies from an integrated business processes perspective) and IT for supply chain management in the accounting and information management and supply chain management undergraduate programs, respectively.

Bradley's research interests include the diffusion of information technology in the healthcare domain, the strategic value of enterprise architecture, the interplay between information technology strategy and supply chain performance, and strategic information systems planning. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, MIS Quarterly Executive, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, and The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

He has presented his work at numerous academic and professional conferences and has received numerous teaching and academic awards during his career. Most recently, he was nominated for the Tennessee Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Emerging HIT Leader of the Year Award, which recognizes healthcare technology professionals under the age of 40 who show promise as an effective leader within their company or Tennessee HIMSS.

Bradley maintains a number of professional affiliations, including the American Accounting Association, Association for Information Systems, Decision Sciences Institute, Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), The Ph.D. Project, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

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Student Spotlight: Cicely Rufus

Rising senior Cicely Rufus may be an accounting and information management major, but her specialty appears to be performing balancing acts. In addition to the rigorous demands of her coursework (in which she maintains an honors GPA, Rufus serves as president of UT's chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, pledge education director of Alpha Kappa Psi (the business fraternity), and a member of People of Style and Education. She also is a charter member of Women Empowerment Knowledge and Nurture.

In 2011, Rufus interned in the Nashville office of accounting powerhouse Ernst & Young; she currently interns in corporate accounting for Caterpillar, Inc. at its corporate headquarters in Peoria, Illinois.

After Rufus graduates in the spring of 2013, she plans to earn her UT Master of Accountancy degree before sitting for her Certified Public Accountant exam.

"My goal is to take advantage of all of my opportunities," said Rufus.

Rufus is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she grew up with her mother and brother. She graduated with honors from Central High School, and she was involved in Mu Alpha Theta (the math honors society) and the Central High School Hip Hop Dance Team. She chose to pursue a degree in accounting because she believes it is the foundation of all businesses, and she enjoyed the College of Business Administration's introductory accounting courses during her sophomore year at UT.

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