March 2010

Upcoming Events

April 2
Spring Holiday (offices closed)

April 3, 10
Free basic tax preparation with Beta Alpha Psi

April 6
Honors Banquet

April 6
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals meeting

April 8
Department of Finance Advisory Council meeting

April 9
Society of Human Resource Management Regional Student Conference

April 15
CBA Hosts the Knoxville Chamber Partners

April 16
Advisory Council to the Dean meeting

April 22-23
Accounting Roundtable meeting

April 23
Global Leadership Scholars Colloquium

April 24
Physician Executive MBA Advisory Council meeting

April 30
Spring Classes Conclude

April 30
ProMBA Class of 2010 Travels to Argentina




Faculty Members Experience the
Chilean Earthquake

Faculty members in Chile

Three faculty members were stranded in Santiago, Chile, when the February 27 earthquake hit in the early morning hours: Tara Mohrfeld, full-time MBA program manager of operations and global initiatives; Dick Reizenstein, associate professor emeritus of marketing; and Jack Mills, lecturer and former Procter & Gamble executive.

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Program Notes

In Memoriam: Tom Mentzer

Tom MentzerJohn (Tom) Mentzer, UT Knoxville Chancellor’s Professor and Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Excellence in Business in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, passed away on Friday, Feb. 26. Mentzer taught at UT for more than 30 years. He received his master’s degree in marketing and a doctorate degree in both marketing and logistics from Michigan State. He taught at Virginia Tech for 15 years before he was recruited to Tennessee.

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UT Alumnus, Senator Bob Corker Visits the College of Business Administration

Bob CorkerIn February, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) was hosted by the Corporate Governance Center at UT to speak to local business leaders, students, and faculty, primarily about issues surrounding financial regulatory reform. The senator, a 1974 graduate of the UT College of Business Administration, recently has pursued a bipartisan approach to financial reform in the U.S. Senate.

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NABA Student Chapter Hosts Professional Development Experience

NABA groupThe University of Tennessee’s National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Chapter hosted a professional development trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, the week of February 22, 2010. The University of Tennessee College of Business Administration brought 20 high-achieving students, ranging from freshmen to graduating seniors, who have an interest in accounting and other business-related disciplines such as finance and information management. The purpose of the trip was to give the students first-hand exposure on how these companies operated and have them envision potential career paths within these companies.

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Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science Ranked Internationally

The department of Statistics, Operations and Management Science (SOMS) has been recognized for its relevant research and its ability to communicate its ideas to both academics and practitioners. In the 2009 Rothkopf rankings SOMS is ranked 15th in visibility among Management Science and Operations research programs worldwide. The Rothkopf rankings are published in Interfaces, a publication of the leading Management Science/Operations Research academic society INFORMS.

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College of Business Administration Faculty Chosen for Prestigious Positions

Jan WilliamsSarah GardialJan Williams, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair and dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been elected chair-elect of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accreditation body for business colleges.

Sarah Gardial, vice provost of faculty affairs at the University of Tennessee (and former associate dean of the College of Business Administration), became board president of the MBA Roundtable, the premier organization that provides guidance and leadership for MBA curriculum worldwide.

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UT Alum Allen Bell Establishes Endowment in Honor of Mother

Allen BellAlumnus Allen Bell has established the Julia Bell Accounting Excellence Endowment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration in honor of his mother. “I hope that this endowment will help others have the same opportunities that my mother provided for me,” Bell said. “She would be very proud to know that she had a permanent legacy in her name at an institution for which she cared about so deeply.”

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Faculty Spotlight

Linda LyleDr. Linda Lyle’s facebook profile declares, “If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.” She firmly believes that if you don’t push yourself to the precipice, you’ll never know how far you can go. As a communication specialist for the UT College of Business Administration and a core faculty member of the full-time MBA and the Physician Executive MBA programs, Lyle designs and delivers both programs’ communication instruction, ranging from written and oral skills development to interpersonal and organizational communication strategy.


Student Spotlight

Andy WyattCollege of Business Administration junior Andy Wyatt is majoring in logistics and supply chain management with a collateral in international business…and a concentration in pre-medicine…and a minor in biology…while maintaining a 3.79 cumulative grade point average. While the combination of interests may not make sense upon first glance, to Wyatt it is a logical progression toward what he wants to ultimately do with his career: make an impact on our country’s healthcare system.


Alumni Spotlight

Sharon LeeOftentimes, UT graduates with degrees in accounting move on after graduation to be certified public accountants, controllers, or chief financial officers. Sharon G. Lee, however, chose something slightly different than her classmates---she became a Tennessee Supreme Court judge. When Lee was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in 2004, she was the first woman to serve as judge on the eastern section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals in its 79-year history. Lee was appointed as a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, where she serves today.