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UT Ranks #1 Worldwide in Supply Chain Management Research Productivity

The UT College of Business Administration ranks first worldwide in research productivity in the area of supply chain management and logistics. The ranking appears in the "International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management" and covers the 2008 to 2010 timeframe. UT's previous ranking for research productivity — published between 2005 and 2007 — was fourth. Data have been collected since 1967.

The ranking, which evaluates research published in the area's six leading journals, is formulated from a system that awards points to institutions based on the research productivity of its faculty. The researchers used a point system that awarded institutions one point for an article with one author, 0.5 points for an article with two authors, 0.33 points for articles with three authors, and so forth.

Of the 27 premier institutions evaluated worldwide, only UT holds a top-10 ranking in five of the six journals.

"The ranking illustrates that the UT faculty and students are unsurpassed as the world's most productive supply chain management and logistics researchers," said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in UT's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. "Getting published in a premier journal is a difficult and demanding process. That makes this ranking even more prestigious to receive and an honor to be recognized."

Schools from the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden and Germany were represented on the list.

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Scholarship Honors Two-Time CBA Alumna

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration family mourns the loss of one of its youngest alumni. Casey Adams was a 2009 accounting undergraduate and 2011 Master of Accountancy graduate who passed her CPA exams just last year. She passed away unexpectedly on August 22, 2011, shortly after beginning her career with Ernst & Young in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. In honor of her life and her passion for the University of Tennessee, the Nashville chapter of the Tax Executives Institute has established the Casey Adams MAcc Scholarship Endowment, which will be awarded annually to a deserving student pursuing a MAcc degree from UT.

The scholarship has received contributions from all of Middle Tennessee’s largest accounting firms, including Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and KPMG, as well as friends and family of Casey and her parents, John and Donna. Donna is well-known in Nashville’s accounting community for her service as a CPA. At the college’s 36th Annual Warren Slagle Accounting Day held in Knoxville this past fall, John expressed the family’s gratitude for the community’s remembrance of his daughter.

“Thank you all for honoring our beautiful and precious daughter, Casey Nicole Adams,” said John. “This scholarship will make it possible for someone to fulfill his or her dream, as it was Casey’s, to enroll and complete the MAcc program at UT. I’d like to thank PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG, and especially the Tax Executives Institute and Ernst & Young for spearheading the effort to make this scholarship possible. Not just Casey’s mother and I, but her family, friends, and the fortunate recipients of this scholarship thank you.”

Anyone who would like to honor the life of Casey Adams is encouraged to consider contributing to the Casey Adams MAcc Scholarship Endowment through the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration. For more information, please contact Seth Reagan at

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UT Team Outperforms Market in TVA Investment Challenge

A team of UT students competing in the TVA Investment Challenge outperformed the market in 2011. The team’s portfolio provided a return of 3.0 percent, ahead of the 2.1 percent return of the S&P 500 and the combined performance of the twenty-five participating schools.

“The UT team is off to an excellent start,” said Darren Williams, faculty advisor to the UT team. “The students successfully achieved the first performance goal, which was to outperform the S&P 500 over a one-year period.”

UT joined the TVA Investment Challenge in 2011 after previously participating from 1998 to 2007. Including this year’s winnings, UT teams have won a total of $115,740.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the TVA Investment Challenge is a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and twenty-five universities in its service area. 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.

Currently, there are UT eleven students that are researching stocks and managing the fund. The team includes Ben Aaron, Hunter Alley, Meagan Bass, Asher Begley, Jay Christensen, Davis Fry, Haley Merritt, Ann-Catherine Nave, Clay Scandlyn, Elbek Shofayziyev, and Charles Young.

“I am very grateful to be a part of this one-of-a-kind program because it has given me a way to take everything I have learned from financial textbooks and the typical undergraduate business classroom setting and engage that knowledge in a real-time, real-market scenario,” said Fry.

TVA created the program in 1998 to diversify the management of its Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Fund and give students in the Tennessee Valley experience in managing a stock portfolio. Program alumni are working at some of the leading investment firms in the country.

Current participating schools include: Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Austin Pea State University, Belmont University, Christian Brothers University, East Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Murray State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Trevecca Nazarene University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of Kentucky, University of Memphis, Union University, University of Mississippi, University of North Alabama, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin, Vanderbilt University, Western Carolina University, and Western Kentucky University.

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University of Tennessee MBA Program Congratulates Major Ken Bulthuis

The UT full-time MBA program congratulates Ken Bulthuis on his promotion to the rank of major in the United States Army. Bulthuis, a member of the MBA Class of 2012, was honored in a recent promotion ceremony witnessed by his fellow MBA students, faculty, and staff.

“It is wonderful to have this increased responsibility, and I am excited about the opportunity to prove myself at a higher level. I am in this position today due to the hard work of my friends, family, and co-workers. Their support and mentorship have influenced me to become who I am today,” said Bulthuis, who is a veteran of three combat tours – one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and two in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“Only the most capable and the most promising officers in the Armed Forces are selected for an academic assignment like the UT MBA program,” said Colonel Rem Edwards, who also is a member of the MBA Class of 2012. Edwards conducted the promotion ceremony and administered the oath of office.

“Major Bulthuis has proven through the sacrifices of several lengthy combat deployments and through his day-to-day job performance that he is ready for the increased responsibility accompanying his new rank.”

“We are pleased to have students of the caliber of Rem and Ken as students in the MBA program and are very proud of their service to our nation. It was an honor that Ken chose to share this very special moment in his military career with his UT classmates and faculty,” said Amy Cathey, executive director of the full-time MBA program.

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UT Global SC Institute Finding: Talented Managers are Company's Key Competitive Advantage

The recruitment and development of talented supply chain managers is key to creating a long-term competitive advantage, according to the UT Global Supply Chain Institute advisory board.  Senior supply chain executives from 21 leading global companies recently met in Atlanta for the board’s first face-to-face meeting to discuss key supply chain issues. Previous meetings were conducted virtually.

The executives agreed that, when hiring, they look for supply chain professionals with the following skill sets and competencies:

1. Strong critical thinking and data analysis skills
2. The ability to translate process improvements into the financial language of the executive suite, the boardroom, and the balance sheet
3. Six-sigma green belt training, which is highly valued
4. An understanding of how to apply lean to the entire supply chain and use value stream mapping
5. An ability to interact appropriately with customers

While they seek to hire people with these skills sets, often they must train them either through internal or university-based programs.
“Many supply chain managers don’t know how to speak the language of the financial community,” said Paul Trueax, vice president, North America customer service & logistics, for Colgate-Palmolive. “It’s important to know how to translate process improvements to the financial statements.”

Other board member observations included:

1. The supply chain involves all activities from getting the order to making the sale, including the flow of information and materials, manufacturing, cash flow, etc. To be successful, supply chain talent must be proficient in all of these areas.
2. The war for talent is being fought on a global scale, with companies in Asia and Latin America now competing on an equal if not superior footing to U.S. companies. This creates a need for supply chain managers with a broader more global skill set.

“Tremendous growth opportunities in Asia are fueling companies to move more of their leadership to Asia, including their headquarter operations,” said Daniel Myers, executive vice president supply chain for Kraft Foods.

The unique curriculum of UT’s new Global Supply Chain Executive MBA, which includes two residence periods in Europe and Asia, was seen as a potential resource for the development of this group’s high-potential supply chain managers.

The Global Supply Chain Institute is a world-class resource for supply chain expertise. It coordinates UT’s broad spectrum of supply chain offerings and fulfills industry’s need for global supply chain information and best practices. The Institute delivers executive education, industry forums, research initiatives, custom programs, global partnerships, corporate audits, and more.

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The 40 global organizations represented on UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board are Alcoa, Amazon, Avery Dennison, Bayer Healthcare, BNSF Railway, Boise, Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar Logistics, Cintas, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Dell, The Walt Disney Company, Dover Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, Ernst & Young, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Kenco Logistic Services, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Lowe’s, Martin-Brower, Fridely, McCormick & Company, ModusLink, Nestle, Nissan North America, OfficeMax, OHL, P&G, Pilot Flying J, Radio Systems Corporation, Ryder System, Terra Technology, and Winn-Dixie Stores.

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UT Team

A group of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students and one faculty member helped prepare special events and conducted other behind-the-scenes work at this year's NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Ind.

TEAM UT, a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, worked directly with the Indianapolis Host Super Bowl XLVI Committee for the Feb. 5 event. This is the sixth year a UT Knoxville team has gone to the Super Bowl.

Click here for a student video on the experience

Click here for WBIR-TV (NBC) coverage

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Student Spotlight: Loganne Eckhoff

Loganne Eckhoff in her own words:

So often we college students are told, ‘Good luck getting a job in this economy!”  I know I get that comment all the time when people ask how college is going and when I am graduating.  Coming to college, I had dreams and aspirations to become an attorney and make a great salary.  However after taking a political science class, I knew I was not going to be an attorney. 

Before discovering the human resource management major (HR), I didn’t really know much about the “HR world,” as I now know it to be called.  All I knew about HR was the character, Toby, from the TV show, The Office.  After I met with Dr. Debbie Mackey, who advises the UT chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), I couldn’t wait to learn more.  I immediately became very active in the organization, attending many professional meetings and seminars around the community that are offered to SHRM members.  My new aspiration is to become a human resources manager of a large corporation and spread my love of human resources to my future colleagues and friends.  

Through SHRM, we are given many opportunities to network, meet HR professionals, and gain experience through internship opportunities. The internships range from part-time to full-time, both paid and unpaid. This allows many students to remain involved in the other organizations they are already a part of, yet also engage in an internship to help gain more experience and make more connections. 

Being a part of SHRM offers many resources and information about the HR field.  I even got hired for a part-time job during my final semester at UT because of a connection I made through the state SHRM competition.  Being an HR major really gives you access to amazing resources.  Not only are there great resources, but there are JOBS out there!  I will be graduating in May 2012 and already have a full-time job with Georgia Pacific, which I connected with through the UT job fair.  The company had a “meet and greet” for all HR majors the night before the job fair to give information about the company and positions they were hiring for. I was hired for a position in Albany, Georgia, as an HR associate for Georgia Pacific’s packaging site.

My major has been more to me than just a bunch of classes that I will never really use again. It has allowed me to find something I am passionate about and have turned into a long-term career plan.  Without UT’s SHRM chapter, the national organization, and the networks I have made during my time here, none of this would have been possible.  The next time someone says, “Good luck getting a job,” I can smile knowing that I not only already have a job, but I have a career I am passionate about.”

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Alum Spotlight: Robert Ford

Knoxville native Robert Ford attended Webb School of Knoxville before pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He graduated cum laude in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to pursue his Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree with a concentration in tax, finishing in 2006.  He interned locally during his years in school with companies that included Clayton Homes and accounting/consulting/management firm Pershing Yoakley & Associates.  He also worked part-time while in graduate school for Gary Disney, a CPA in Clinton, Tennessee (near Knoxville).

After earning his MAcc degree, Ford moved to Atlanta and began working for KPMG’s tax practice.  He is now a manager, focusing on tax accounting methods.  While working for KPMG, he has completed two rotations.  The first was in KPMG’s office in Kochi, India, and the second was for 18 months in the company’s Washington, D.C., office. Upon completion of the second rotation in 2011, Ford and his wife, Katie, moved back to Atlanta, where they currently reside.

Ford has proven to be one of the University of Tennessee’s most active alumni.  Since graduation, he has served on the Accounting Roundtable within the Department of Accounting & Information Mangement in the College of Business Administration, and he has regularly made financial gifts to the Department of Accounting and Information Management. In recent years, Robert and Catherine established an endowment within the accounting department that benefits its excellence fund. The Fords both had scholarships during their time in school (Katie is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame), and they both feel it is important to give back to their alma maters.

Robert and Katie celebrated the birth of their first child, Susan Charlotte Ford, this past November.  They look forward to bringing her to Knoxville this fall for her first UT Vols football game!

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Faculty Spotlight: Julie Ferrara

Julie Ferrara recently returned to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, after spending over six years in industry.  She earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and statistics and a master’s in statistics from UT before being recruited to work for Intel as a statistician in assembly technology development. 

After over three years at Intel, she joined Cardinal Path, a startup company on the forefront of web analytics and website conversion testing that was one of the first 15 companies with the designation of being a Google Analytics Certified Partner (GACP). The GACP program is an accreditation for companies who sell and deliver web analytics,  implementations, analysis services, website testing and optimization services.  Ferrara soon realized she was the only statistician not only at Cardinal Path, but the only one employed by any of the certified partner agencies.  She was surprised by this because her fellow certified consultants assisted in data-based decision making on a daily basis, yet lacked a fundamental knowledge of statistics that would be incredibly useful for their roles in the industry. 

It was at this point that Ferrara realized the need for statistics training for web analysts, and it was this drive to improve the analytical skills of professionals in the web analytics industry that brought Ferrera back to the University of Tennessee.  She believes that the Business Analytics program in the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science (SOMS) is the perfect program to produce young, talented professionals who will impact many industries, not just those in the web and digital space arenas.

As a lecturer in the SOMS department, Ferrara teaches a class on search engine marketing analysis.  Her students manage actual client budgets in online advertising campaigns, and the exams for the class are official AdWords Certified Professional exams.  Many of her students have now earned the designation of being AdWords Certified Professionals through their exposure to the program.  Ferrara believes that giving students practical work experience in the classroom increases the opportunity for them to quickly become contributing professionals in their workplaces after graduation.

Ferrara is the director of the Business Analytics Forum and on the planning committee for the first Business Analytics Conference to be held in October 2012.  The Business Analytics Forum is comprised of a group of companies from non-competing industries who will meet twice a year to discuss various member-directed topics.  The goal of the forum is to share best practices and learn about new techniques and tools in an open discussion format.  The conference will be open to the public, and the central theme will be utilizing business analytics as a growth strategy with a primary focus on digital intelligence, bid data analytics, and customer loyalty.

Ferrara spends her spare time with her daughter, Laney, dog, Nala, and two cats, Gimli and Aslan.  After spending over seven years in Phoenix, Arizona, she is very happy to be back in Knoxville and is enjoying the change in seasons.  Ferrara enjoys going for runs with Laney (in her jogging stroller) and her dog running alongside.  When not at the park, there is a good chance they will be found at the Knoxville Zoo or just hanging out in their backyard.

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