UT Students Bike U.S. for Human Trafficking Awareness; Arrived in Knoxville on Friday, 7/18

cyclist-groupA group of rising seniors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been biking cross-country to raise both awareness about human trafficking and money to fight modern-day slavery. They arrived in Knoxville on Friday, July 18.

2cyclists-steveThe Freedom Cyclers team includes accounting majors Jason Elliott, Taylor Carlisle and Jeff Maier, and Matthew Roelofs, a public relations major.

1-cyclist-SteveLocal cyclists joined them at West Bicycles in Farragut for the ride down Kingston Pike to the Haslam Business Building on the UT campus. College leadership greeted them and congratulated them on their ride.

carcello-morrisBACKGROUND: The UT students set off on a 3,100-mile journey across the U.S. on June 11. They are spending 45 days on the road as they bike from Los Angeles, California, to Savannah, Georgia, in an effort to educate people along the way about the fact that slavery still remains an issue around the globe. 

groupThe Freedom Cyclers also are raising money during their ride to benefit three organizations leading the global fight to end slavery: The Mekong Club, ONEless Ministries and the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

media-interviewModern-day slaves can be found in factories, construction sites, fisheries and the sex industry. They suffer silently, often out of sight in business supply chains and in communities. It is estimated that 21 million people are still in slavery around the world.

To donate to the cause or to learn more about the Freedom Cyclers, visit http://www.thefreedomcyclers.com.

Stories that aired in Knoxville about their journey are below:

KUSI News (SanDiego): Tennessee Students Cycling Across Country

http://www.kusi.com/story/26066950/tennessee-students-cycling-across-country

Daily Reporter (Greenfield, Indiana): Tennessee Students Cycling Across Country to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/541cbcf1c6c247088ffb77684b06dd80/TN–Freedom-Cyclers

WATE ABC-TV: http://www.wate.com/story/26055965/ut-seniors-biking-across-the-country-to-raise-awareness-about-human-trafficking

Volunteer TV CBS-TV: http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Four-UT-students-raise-awareness-for-human-trafficking-by-biking-across-the-country-267711971.html

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CNN reporter: Eric Marrapodi (@EricCNNBelief)

7/18/14, 7:07 PM
These @UTKnoxville students are biking cross country to raise awareness about human trafficking h/t @6News wate.com/story/26055965…

WBIR NBC-TV: http://www.wbir.com/story/life/2014/07/19/freedom-cyclers-four-students-bike-across-the-country/12893707/

Knoxville News Sentinel: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/18/cycling-for-a-cause-four-bike-us-for-trafficking/

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UT Risk Mitigation Study Shows Companies Lacking in Assessments, Strategies

KNOXVILLE — Outside risks can stretch supply chains’ capabilities to the breaking point, but executives who run them often fail to develop risk contingency plans, according to a new study from the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Ninety percent of the firms surveyed do not measure supply chain risk when outsourcing production, and none uses outside expertise to help assess supply chain risks, according to the study.

The report, “Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain,” is the third installment in the “Game-Changing Trends in Supply Chain” series from UT’s supply chain faculty. The study was sponsored by UPS Capital Corporation, a business unit of UPS that helps customers manage supply chain risk with financing and insurance solutions.

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“The supply chain is the area of a company where executives must balance operational efficiencies with customer and company needs, all without actually having direct control over many of the moving parts,” said Paul Dittmann, ‎executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute and the study’s author. “The visibility of material movement and control of the supply chain becomes even murkier in the global environment, which puts firms’ global supply chains at greater risk.”

The study encompasses a survey of more than 150 supply chain executives and interviews with executives from six companies. The companies surveyed ranged in size from $300 million to over $80 billion and covered a cross-section of industries, including retailers, manufacturers and service providers.

Among other findings, the research determined that normal day-to-day challenges of doing business—unexpected delays, cybersecurity, supplier failures and warehouse shortages—often overwhelm executives, giving them little if any time to plan for major interruptions such as natural disasters or geopolitical disruptions. Managing day-to-day challenges becomes a barrier to the ability of supply chain professionals to prepare comprehensive plans for risk identification, prioritization and mitigation.

“A disruption or issue in any supply chain, large or small, can significantly impact a company’s revenue stream, and in some cases even jeopardize the continuity of the business,” said Dave Zamsky, vice president of UPS Capital. “The threats are very real, but there are many ways to mitigate this risk, such as insuring losses from a third-party logistics provider.”

In the study, respondents highlighted tools they use to mitigate risks in their supply chains. The strategies included a reliance on a strong, competent supplier, followed by compressing cycle times and leveraging logistics visibility tools.

A complete copy of the study is available at http://utk.edu/go/ie.

The Global Supply Chain Institute coordinates UT’s supply chain offerings and fulfills industry need for global supply chain information and best practices.

For more information on UPS Capital, visit http://www.upscapital.com.

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Carcello Discusses SEC Advisory Role on All Things Considered

CarcelloJoe Carcello, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Business, is one of 21 people on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee. On Wednesday, July 16, he joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about his role on that SEC panel. More

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UT Students Bike U.S. for Human Trafficking Awareness; Arrive in Knoxville on Friday

From left: Jeff Maier, Matthew Roelofs, Jason Elliott, Taylor Carlisle

WHAT: A group of rising seniors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been biking cross-country to raise awareness about human trafficking and money to fight modern-day slavery. They arrive in Knoxville this week.

The Freedom Cyclers team includes accounting majors Jason Elliott, Taylor Carlisle and Jeff Maier, and Matthew Roelofs, a public relations major.

WHEN: Noon, Friday, July 18. Local cyclists will join them at West Bicycles in Farragut and the group will ride together with a police escort down Kingston Pike to the Haslam Business Building on the UT campus.

WHERE: 11531 Kingston Pike

BACKGROUND: The UT students set off on a 3,100-mile journey across the U.S. on June 11. They are spending 45 days on the road as they bike from Los Angeles, California, to Savannah, Georgia, in an effort to educate people along the way about the fact that slavery still remains an issue around the globe. 

The Freedom Cyclers also are raising money during their ride to benefit three organizations leading the global fight to end slavery: The Mekong Club, ONEless Ministries and the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Modern-day slaves can be found in factories, construction sites, fisheries and the sex industry. They suffer silently, often out of sight in business supply chains and in communities. It is estimated that 21 million people are still in slavery around the world.

To donate to the cause or to learn more about the Freedom Cyclers, visit http://www.thefreedomcyclers.com.

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Stahl Talks about Physician Executive MBA Program

Michael Stahl, PhD, is the William Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business and the director of the UT Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program, a unique and highly successful one-year-long executive-level MBA program for physicians. The program’s blended delivery mode consists of four week-long residency periods on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus and weekly three-hour distance-learning sessions. The PEMBA curriculum features a holistic view of business disciplines, student assignments, and projects applied directly to a learner’s organization, student peer learning, and leadership development.

In the OIT Faculty Spotlight video, Stahl shares his insights about the PEMBA blended program: what a typical distance-learning week looks like; how student engagement is facilitated in live online sessions, what kind of support students receive to be successful learners, instructional strategies for peer learning, and the benefits of a blended program.

Whether you are an administrator or an instructor thinking about trying out a blended-course delivery mode, Stahl has a wealth of useful information for you. Watch video.

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UT’s Carcello Named to Securities and Exchange Commission Committee

carcello photoKNOXVILLE—The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has named University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Professor Joseph V. Carcello to its Investor Advisory Committee. He is the only business school professor appointed to the committee.

Carcello is the E&Y and Business Alumni Professor and head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management in UT’s College of Business Administration. He also is executive director of the UT Neel Corporate Governance Center.

The SEC oversees all public companies, stockbrokers and security dealers and shares oversight of financial institutions with other regulators. The advisory committee makes recommendations to the commission as it seeks to protect investors, promote investor confidence and integrity in the securities marketplace, and maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets.

“An important issue facing any advanced economy is establishing efficient and well-functioning securities markets that have adequate protection for investors,” Carcello said. “I welcome the opportunity to join these distinguished individuals to help the SEC carry out its important mandate.”

In addition to Carcello, the 21-person investor advisory committee includes the SEC’s full-time investor advocate, two law professors, two former SEC commissioners and 15 senior executives of financial institutions, institutional investors and investor advocacy groups. The committee was established in 2010 with the passing of the Dodd-Frank Act.

“We are honored by this significant recognition to Professor Carcello,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the UT College of Business Administration. “He is a leading academic in his discipline, a dedicated teacher and a significant contributor to the reputation of the University of Tennessee. His impact on our students and programs will be further enhanced by his service on this prestigious committee.”

Carcello brings extensive credentials to the Investor Advisory Committee. He has been an expert witness for the SEC. He currently serves on investor advisory group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which advises on investors’ issues. He also has served on its Standing Advisory Group, which advises on auditing standards. He has published numerous articles in academic and professional journals on audit committee performance, financial fraud and audit quality.

CONTACTS:

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lola.alapo@tennessee.edu)

Cindy Raines (865-974-4359, craines1@utk.edu)

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Business Analytics Expert Coming to UT in September; Registration Open

Stephen FewKNOXVILLE—Business leaders and professionals are oftentimes overwhelmed by information, not because there is too much, but because they don’t know how to tame it.

Stephen Few, one of the world’s renowned experts and thought leaders on business analytics, quantitative techniques and data analysis, will conduct an interactive half-day seminar on how to effectively present and analyze quantitative business data on Sept. 11 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Registration is now open for the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Shiloh Room in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center  on the UT campus. The cost is $250 per person or $195 if three or more participants attend from the same organization.

The seminar is open to the public and the UT campus community.

Few’s seminar will feature highlights from his three full-day courses on Table and Graph Design, Information and Dashboard Design, and Visual Data Analysis. Seminar topics will include:

  • Effectively communicating quantitative business data using tables and graphs
  • Avoiding clutter and arranging data that is communicated clearly and quickly
  • Navigating data analytically and efficiently
  • Applying the findings of information visualization research to the analysis of business data

To register, visit https://tiny.utk.edu/few or email Julie Ferrara at jferrara@utk.edu.

Few founded the consultancy firm Perceptual Edge in 2003. With 25 years of experience as an innovator, consultant and educator in the fields of business intelligence and information design, he is considered a leading expert in using data visualization so that individuals can make sense of data and properly communicate it.

Few authors the quarterly “Visual Business Intelligence” newsletter and speaks, teaches and consults internationally about data visualization and communciation. In 2004, he wrote the first comprehensive and practical guide to business graphics, “Show Me the Numbers,” now in its second edition. In 2006, he wrote the first and only guide to the visual design of dashboards titled “Information Dashboard Design,” which also is now in its second edition. In 2009, he wrote the book, “Now You See It,” which was the first book written for non-statisticians about visual data analysis.

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