Boyd Venture Challenge Accepting Applications

2013 Boyd Venture Challenge winning company, Catalyst Wheels: student members included Justin Clark, Zach McCormick, and Nick McCormick. Also pictured: (see below)

2013 Boyd Venture Challenge winning company, Catalyst Wheels: student members included Justin Clark, Zach McCormick, and Nick McCormick. Also pictured: Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation (left), and Tom Graves, ACEI Director of Operations (right).

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is now accepting applications for the Boyd Venture Challenge, a seed fund grant that awards up to $20,000 to student-owned startup companies each fall and spring semester.

The Boyd Venture Challenge is open to any early-stage company owned by a UT student. To be eligible, companies must be legally established and the student owner(s) must be enrolled in a UT undergraduate or graduate degree program in Knoxville at the time of application. Applications must be received by the Anderson Center no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. For full application instructions and eligibility details, visit

The Boyd Venture Challenge is made possible by the generosity of Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of PetSafe, Invisible Fence and SportDog brands. To date, this endowed fund has awarded $109,500 to 16 student-owned startups.

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UT Business Students Host Fifth Annual Barefoot 5K and Festival on Oct. 26

The fifth annual Barefoot Benefit is set for Sunday, Oct. 26. Haslam College of Business students host the festival and fun run/walk as part of a service-learning course. Proceeds from the day’s events benefit Samaritan Place, an emergency shelter for the elderly.

The festival begins at 1 p.m. along the river on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. The 5K will follow at 2 p.m. in the same location. The festival will include music, food, door prizes from popular businesses, games and activities for the entire family. Door prize gifts include tickets to Dollywood, two nights lodging in the Smoky Mountains, gift cards to restaurants, and more.

The benefit is a run or walk of either 5K or one mile in length. Shoes are optional, but participants are encouraged to participate in bare feet in keeping with the spirit of the theme.

Eight undergraduates at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are organizing the event as part of a service-learning course. Ernie Cadotte, professor, said the benefit offers invaluable real-world experience. “The students break ties with the normal classroom setting and instead, are challenged to create a hands-on learning experience. Their mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family.”

Pilot Flying J and Hot 104.5 are sponsoring the event.

Sara Hall, current CEO of the Barefoot Benefit executive team, said students involved in planning the benefit are excited to display their hard work.

“Barefoot Benefit is an opportunity for UT students to apply business concepts in an experience outside the classroom,” said Hall. “The hard work and dedication of the Barefoot team will impact not only our lives, but also the seniors at Samaritan Place and the families and runners that participate. We are excited to provide an entertaining race day that people of all ages will never forget.”

To register for the race, please visit:

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CONTACT: Sara Hall, (865) 216-0170, or email

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Morris selected to SEC leadership program

LaneMorrisAssociate Dean Lane Morris was selected as one of 49 SEC representatives for the 2014-15 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. Established in 2008, the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program identifies, prepares, fosters and advances academic leadership. It allows SEC faculty the unique opportunity to address academic and administrative challenges at major SEC research universities.

The individuals selected by their universities to participate in the program represent the future of higher education administration. 

The leadership program has two components: a university-level development program designed by each institution and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants. Morris and three other UT representatives have been taking part in the fall site visit to the University of Missouri, Columbia, this week. 

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T. Boone Pickens Hosts Student Roundtable

TBoonePickens-Nov-2013-1024x705T. Boone Pickens, American business magnate, will participate in a roundtable with students from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will be available for interviews before the event begins. 

Media availability is set for 1:15-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the reading room of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. Media are invited to view the roundtable at 1:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. 

Pickens is an American business magnate and financier. He founded Mesa Petroleum in 1956 and later became famous for acquiring other oil and gas companies including Gulf Oil and Phillips Petroleum. In 1997, he founded hedge fund BP (Boone Pickens) Capital Management, which he chairs today. Pickens has been honored for his leadership in oil and other types of energy production, including domestic renewable energy, and philanthropy including education, medical research and wildlife conservation. 

The roundtable is being held for Haslam College of Business graduate and undergraduate students and is by invitation only.

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In Historic Move, UT Names College of Business for James A. Haslam II

Oct. 3, 2014

Haslam-1KNOXVILLE—For the first time in its history, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has named a college in recognition of an alumnus and donor.

The Haslam family, of Knoxville, announced today a landmark gift of $50 million to the UT College of Business Administration. The gift was made in honor of the family’s patriarch, James A. Haslam.   

The UT Board of Trustees voted today to name the college the James A. Haslam II College of Business. 

Haslam is a 1952 graduate of the college, former vice chair of the UT Board of Trustees and a UT Distinguished Alumnus. A former Vol football captain, Haslam founded the Pilot Corp. LLC, which is now Pilot Flying J.  Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America and one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

“It’s a blessing for us to be in the position to make this kind of impact on our beloved alma mater,” said James A. Haslam. “We are excited about the direction of the university and firmly believe that this is a great investment in both advancing the quality of education at UT and improving the quality of life across our great state.”

haslam5The gift is being made by Jim and Natalie Haslam and their children and spouses, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, Ann Haslam Bailey and Steve Bailey, and Bill and Crissy Haslam, along with the Haslams’ five grandchildren and their spouses, Whitney and J.W. Johnson, Cynthia and David Arnholt, Hannah and Will Haslam, Annie and David Colquitt, and Leigh and Matt Avery. 

This historic development comes during the college’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. The $50 million gift is from three generations of the Haslam family and brings the college into an elite group of America’s top named business schools.  Across the nation, transformational gifts that have resulted in the naming of business colleges have set the stage for significant enhancements to all measures of academic quality and student achievement.

“Today is a historic and wonderful day. We are so thankful for the Haslam family’s support of our goals and for how deeply they care about our university,” said UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “This gift, in combination with the investments of other alumni and friends, positions the Haslam College of Business at the forefront for thought leadership, big ideas and student talent.”

The new funding will be used to advance college priorities, which include recruiting and retaining top faculty, increasing research, enhancing economic development, and supporting student achievement through scholarships and other program enhancements. It also helps fuel the university’s goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university.

“Jim’s exemplary leadership, consistent adherence to strong core values, selfless service and passion for excellence represent our college’s values,” said Steve Mangum, dean and Stokely Leadership Chair. “We are honored that our college will bear his name forever.”

haslam6A previous gift from Jim and Natalie Haslam helped to complete and furnish the college’s technologically advanced modern facility. The building was named the James A. Haslam II Business Building when it opened in 2009.

A public celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Haslam Business Building, 1000 Volunteer Blvd.  The college’s annual Alumni Awards Gala and Centennial Celebration will follow that evening.

The Haslam College of Business is one of UT’s largest and serves 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students. About 20 percent of UT’s undergraduate degrees are granted to business majors. Founded as the School of Commerce in 1914, the college is now home to six departments, nine research centers and institutes, and a full slate of graduate and executive education programs. 

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In the News: UT Emerging Leaders Series

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A new leadership training program offered by the College of Business Administration that is intended to ease the leadership bind some companies face in the wake of the Great Recession has caught the attention of the media. Several media outlets highlighted the Emerging Leaders Series.

They include:

Bloomberg Businessweek

Knoxville News Sentinel

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Gartner: UT Graduate Supply Chain Program Ranked Third in Nation

KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduate supply chain program is ranked third in the United States, according to a report from a leading industry company.

Gartner Inc. placed UT’s program just behind those at Pennsylvania State and Michigan State universities. UT previously ranked 10th. The program is housed in the College of Business Administration.

Last month, Gartner ranked UT’s undergraduate supply chain program third in the nation.

“This ranking, coming on the heels of its sister ranking for the undergraduate program, solidifies the value of our offerings,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our faculty and our students should be very proud of both the impact of their work and the value of the program and their degrees.”

Gartner Inc. ranked 44 universities nationwide using research gathered through surveys and interviews of industry professionals and academics. The surveys identified industry sentiment and recruiting patterns, and included information on the university’s program composition, number of students, professors, and scope of curriculum.

The report praised UT for being a program leader in the areas of supply chain brand, scope, industry value and applied work experience.

“Our offerings continue to be solid investments both for the companies who hire our graduates and the graduates themselves,” said Mark Moon, head of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

The undergraduate supply chain program also moved up to third among public research universities and fourth in the nation, according to the recently released 2014 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.

UT offers a wide spectrum of supply chain programs, including the global supply chain Executive MBA program, the full-time MBA program with a supply chain concentration and the undergraduate supply chain program.

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