College of Business Administration Honors Alumni
at First Annual Alumni Awards Gala

Awards recipients

The College of Business Administration has honored four alumni and organizations for their extraordinary commitment to the college and their communities. They received unique awards of hand-blown glass, designed and created by local artists, and were recognized at the first annual Alumni Awards Gala hosted in the Haslam Business Building on November 6. The event, sponsored by Pilot, PetSafe, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, and Regal Entertainment Group, was an opportunity for guests to spend an evening of celebration together and share in the success of the college and its alumni. Each table was sponsored by a business, with proceeds benefitting the College Fund for Business Administration. Guests entered the building, showcased under the effects of lighting by Bandit Lites, and were welcomed by the music of a string trio. They enjoyed a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and the awards ceremony, hosted by Dean Jan Williams.

Michael Strickland was honored as the Distinguished Alum of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the college and university and his professional success. The Distinguished Alum award is a long-standing tradition for the college and was established in 1982. Three awards were given for the first time this year: David Evans was honored as the Outstanding Young Alum; Home Federal Bank of Tennessee was named the Outstanding Corporate Partner; and Randy Boyd, CEO of Radio Systems, received the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Please join us in congratulating these award winners and thanking them for their loyal support!

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Program Notes

Murphy Appointed NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

Dan MurphyDan Murphy, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management, has been appointed as the university’s NCAA faculty athletic representative. Murphy will replace Todd Diacon, who was named executive director for academic assessment and program support for the University of Tennessee System this summer.

“We are very excited to have someone with Dr. Murphy’s background and experience serving us in this increasingly important role,” said Mike Hamilton, men’s athletics director.

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Two CBA Students Named CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team

Cody SullinsDaniel LincolnThe Volunteer’s place kicker, Daniel Lincoln (current student), and center Cody Sullins (recent graduate) were named to the Academic All-District 4 second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Lincoln, an enterprise management and international business major, will graduate next month. Sullins finished his finance undergraduate degree in December 2008 with a 3.58 GPA.


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UT Welcomes Top Executives to Campus to Launch Shopper Marketing Forum

A group of top executives from several of the nation’s leading companies (including PepsiCo Americas Foods, Wal-Mart, Nestlé, Kimberly-Clark, and The Walt Disney Co.) gathered earlier this month to help the College of Business Administration launch its Shopper Marketing Forum.

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MBA Students Represent College of Business Administration at NAWMBA Conference

Women MBAsSeveral second year MBA students represented the College of Business Administration at the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) conference, held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 29-31, 2009. Travel to this conference was made possible by the PepsiCo Foundation’s funding of diversity programs for the college.

(L to R):  Kara Holloway, Abhaya Srivatsan, Kara Stansell, Mildred Louidor, Brianne Orbell, Susan Walsh, Nicole D’Andrea

College of Business Administration Construction Center Wins $9.3 Million Contract from U. S. Labor Department

The Construction Industry Research and Policy Center has received a $9.3-million, five-year grant to assist the U. S. Department of Labor in measuring prevailing rates for construction workers working on federal construction throughout the nation. The Center will conduct wage and benefit surveys of construction labor markets throughout the nation. The contract will require the center to add seven permanent wage analysts to its staff in addition to six temporary employees to assist the Department of Labor with implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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MBA Alumni Programs Grow

Over 5,000 students have graduated with their MBA degree from UT Knoxville’s College of Business Administration since the first MBA program was formed in 1968. Since that time, five MBA programs have offered business leaders options in achieving their graduate degrees in a format that best suits their circumstances and career goals. Now, the college is excited to launch a new service for the alumni of all UT MBA programs, the MBA Alumni Network.

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Alumni Spotlight

David ClarkUT College of Business Administration alumnus David V. Clark II grew up in the south before attending the university in the late 1980’s to pursue a degree in finance. After he graduated in 1991, Clark went to work for General Mills as a sales representative in Mobile, Alabama, and established a long-running career with the company.


Faculty Spotlight

John WachowiczOne of the college’s faculty standouts is John M. Wachowicz Jr., the Regions Bank Scholar in Banking and Finance. He has received fifteen teaching, research and service awards, including three MBA Outstanding Faculty Awards, the L.R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, and two Alumni Outstanding Teacher Awards.


Student Spotlight

Sandra PerezMargie Kidd isn't the “typical” student in the College of Business Administration, which makes her a perfect fit for the Professional MBA, the college’s 16 month program for working professionals. As the wellness director for Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, she directs wellness initiatives for the corporation’s 12,000 employees. The PROMBA program is used to students from all disciplines and backgrounds.