2014 University-Level Awards

Each year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, honors its faculty, students, and staff for their extraordinary achievements. Those from UT’s College of Business Administration earning these prestigious honors in 2014 are detailed below:

Alumni Outstanding Teacher

marianne wanamaker (1)As a first-year faculty member, Marianne Wanamaker’s biggest challenge was teaching a course that hadn’t ever been taught before, not just at UT, but anywhere.

The course—Market, Ethics, and Capitalism—serves as an ethics course for business majors and a gateway course for economics majors.Without previous curricula or even a textbook from which to plan, she relied on her own teaching philosophy to guide her.

She requires pre-classroom work that prompts students to think critically and creatively. Ultimately she wants to make sure the student can apply the concepts to the real world.

Torchbearer Awards

The Torchbearer is the highest honor the university can give to its students. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the Torch of Enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.

Paige Atchley PhotoPaige Atchley is a leader who thinks a lot about UT’s future Volunteers.

From Hixson, Tennessee, Atchley is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and a Global Leadership Scholar majoring in marketing. In addition to being vice president of the Student Government Association, she co-founded and served as the first president of Impact, a new division of the Student Alumni Associates that promotes campus traditions and encourages a culture of student philanthropy. Atchley also helped make the Senior Gift Campaign and I Heart UT Week a great success.

Jasmine Hammons PhotoJASMINE HAMMONS has left no stone unturned in learning about this campus. As an ambassador for admissions and her college, she takes seriously her role as a resource for fellow Volunteers. A senior in business analytics from Bradenton, Florida, Hammons is president of the Mortar Board Society and vice president of finance for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. She also is a founding member and vice president for the UT Business Analytics Society. For the last four years, Hammons coordinated the National Foundation for Suicide Prevention campus walk. She also volunteers with Remote Area Medical, which provides basic health care to underserved populations.

Excellence in Teaching

Brian Stevens:                      lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science

Extraordinary Professional Promise

Daniel James Aycock:        Master of Accountancy graduate student

Laura K. Burgin:                   Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in business analytics

Kerri Moore:                          Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in supply chain management

Kyle Leon West:                   Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in business analytics

Extraordinary Academic Achievement

Nicolette J. Brice:                 undergraduate majoring in accounting

Jarryd Andrew Chaplin:      undergraduate majoring in supply chain management

Elizabeth V. Cornell:           undergraduate majoring in logistics and marketing

Lindsay Gendron:                undergraduate majoring in marketing

Zachariah Scott Hethmon: undergraduate majoring in economics

Daniel Keddie:                     undergraduate majoring in accounting

Nathaniel M. Massey:         Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in economics and finance

Kayla J. McMurry:                Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in economics

Top Collegiate Scholar

James Kellett Darlington:   undergraduate majoring in business analytics

Top Scholar Athlete

Kayla McMurry:                    Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in economics

Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service

Laura K. Burgin:                   Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate majoring in business analytics

Mary Beth Overton:              undergraduate majoring in accounting

Forbes Smallwood:              undergraduate majoring in economics

Extraordinary Community Service

Jarryd Andrew Chaplin:      undergraduate majoring in supply chain management

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UT Corporate Governance Center Named for Former Dean C. Warren Neel

Warren-Neel-180pxA University of Tennessee, Knoxville, center with a national reputation for its work in corporate governance has been named for its founder, former business dean C. Warren Neel. The UT Board of Trustees approved the naming of the C. Warren Neel Corporate Governance Center during its winter meeting at UT Martin.

The center is based in the UT College of Business Administration. Neel served as dean of the college for 25 years. He co-founded the Corporate Governance Center in 2003.

“Warren Neel has been an important partner in the development of this center, and so it is fitting and appropriate that this center bear his name,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the college and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair. “His leadership has made a significant impact not only on corporate governance but also on the college’s mission of innovative business education.”

Mangum said UT continues to be a leader in corporate governance through the leadership of Director Joe Carcello, the EY and Business Alumni Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Management.

Several alumni and friends honored Neel with gifts to help the center advance its mission of conducting and disseminating research on aspects of corporate governance. Neel served as director of the center from 2003 to 2013 and remains a center fellow. He also served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration from 2000 to 2003.

“Warren has invested over 45 years of his life at UT, and his efforts have improved the lives of thousands upon thousands of Tennesseans,” said Carcello, executive director of the center, who replaced Neel as the center’s head in fall 2013. “Naming the Corporate Governance Center after Warren will provide a permanent tribute to the lasting impact that Warren has had on higher education in the state of Tennessee.”

The Neel Corporate Governance Center focuses its research in areas that affect public policy such as boards of directors’ corporate audit committees, compensation committees and nominating committees, and institutional shareholder activism. Its research has been cited in SEC rulings and speeches and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board rulings. To learn more about the center, visit http://corpgovcenter.utk.edu.

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2014 College of Business Administration Awards

Each year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration honors its faculty and staff for their extraordinary achievements. Those earning these prestigious honors in 2014 are detailed below:

Outstanding Staff Awards

Dianne Marshal and Betty Drinnen

Dianne Marshal and Betty Drinnen

Superior Customer Responsiveness: Dianne Marshall; Marketing and Supply Chain Management

ProfessionalismBetty Drinnen; Center for Business & Economic Research

 

 

 

Tim Williams Staff Creativity and Innovation AwardKay Littlejohn, Technology Integration Services

 

Outstanding Faculty Awards

cheryl barksdaleAllen H. Keally Excellence in Teaching Award

Cheryl Barksdale, Management

 

 

debbie mackeyRichard C. Reizenstein Outstanding Commitment to Students Award

Debbie Mackey, Management

 

andy puckettMartin & Carol Robinson Excellence in Teaching, Research & Service Award

Andy Puckett, Finance

 

Tate WendyVallett Family Researcher Award Endowment

Wendy Tate, Marketing & Supply Chain Management

 

 

alex miller faculty photoRichard D. Sanders Award for Leadership in Executive Education

Alex Miller, Stokely Chair in Management

 

(from left) Tom Brown, Barbara Stahl, and Program Director Mike Stahl

(from left) Tom Brown, Barbara Stahl, and Program Director Mike Stahl

Diversity & Inclusion Award

Physician Executive MBA Program

 

 

 

 

 

marianne wanamakerOutstanding First-Year MBA Faculty Award

Marianne Wanamaker, Economics

 

 

Angel-NormanOutstanding Second-Year MBA Faculty Award

Angel Norman, Accounting & Information Management

 

 

GTAaward3Allen H. Keally Graduate Teaching Award

Clay McManus, Economics

 

 

gradresarchMichael J. Stahl and Gregory M. Bounds Graduate Research Award

Rob Whited, Accounting & Information Management

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Innovative Wedding Registry Wins Spring 2014 Vol Court Session

From left: Myra Hamilton, UT Federal Credit Union; Christopher Saah, MyPTShop.com; David Morehous, Morehous Legal Group, PLLC; Dave Seeman, Willow List; Dave Williams, UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

From left: Myra Hamilton, UT Federal Credit Union; Christopher Saah, MyPTShop.com; David Morehous, Morehous Legal Group, PLLC; Dave Seeman, Willow List; Dave Williams, UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

KNOXVILLE—A business that simplifies wedding registries for couples is the winner of this semester’s Vol Court pitch competition.

Dave Seeman, senior in mechanical engineering and founder of Willow List, an innovative gift registry that uses crowd sourcing to fund gifts, won first place and received $1,000 to move his business forward. In addition to the cash prize, he also will receive space in the UT Research Foundation’s business incubator, consulting services from Pershing Yoakley and Associates, legal services from Morehous Legal Group PLLC, and mentoring from the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Vol Court is a speaker series and pitch competition presented by the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The goal of the program is to help people develop new business ideas and gain entrepreneurial skills. It is sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT Federal Credit Union, Morehous Legal Group, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley and Associates and the UT Research Foundation.

A second-place $500 prize went to Christopher Saah, junior in mechanical engineering, who founded MyPTshop.com, a web application that allows fitness professionals to start and manage an e-commerce fitness shop. Saah will receive space in the UT Research Foundation’s business incubator, legal support from Morehous Legal Group PLLC, and mentoring from Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Recently engaged, Seeman created Willow List after dealing with frustrations of setting up wedding registries at various locations.

“Like many entrepreneurs, the idea for my business came from personal experience,” he said.

Couples using Willow List keep a registry of things they want, from kitchen goods to money for the honeymoon, and use crowd sourcing to fund it. Friends and family who visit a registry on Willow List can give money to a specific item or give to the general fund. As items become funded, they are sent directly to the couple’s residence at a time they specify. Willow List does this by offering their software as a service to retailers who want to sell more products by harnessing data analytics. More information can be found at http://www.willowlist.co.

Vol Court is offered every fall and spring semester and is open to students, faculty and the general public.

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UT Introduces MBA For Healthcare Leadership

MBA-MedicalThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is introducing a one-year Executive MBA in Healthcare Leadership program for healthcare professionals. The inaugural class begins January 2015.

Led by student requests, the program is a fusion of the College of Business Administration’s Physician Executive MBA program and its non-degree executive development programming. The Physician Executive MBA program has been ranked the No. 1 preferred MBA program exclusively for physicians by Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician magazine for more than ten years, and the non-degree executive development programming has improved patient outcomes and organizational efficiencies within healthcare enterprises worldwide.

Unlike the physicians-only Physician Executive MBA program, the Executive MBA in Healthcare Leadership program is for professionals in all healthcare arenas, including nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists, physician assistants, those involved in research and development, among others.

Kate Atchley, executive director of executive-level MBAs, said the program connects business acumen and transformational leadership with the issues and challenges facing today’s healthcare industry, giving healthcare professionals the tools and knowledge they need to make an impact on the healthcare industry.

“We want passionate professionals to learn the business of healthcare, and introduce them to the Washington, D.C., policy makers, so that they can revolutionize the industry,” Atchley said. “The curriculum focuses on elements essential to lead in the healthcare environment, specifically leadership, strategic thinking and planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce environment, change management, operations and results.”

The curriculum combines periodic distance learning sessions with four residency periods: three one-week sessions UT and a one-week healthcare policy immersion trip in Washington, D.C. The immersion trip serves as the program’s cornerstone where  students get to interact with government insiders, legislators, and officials involved in healthcare.

Students will also complete an Organizational Action Project, which integrates classwork with issues at their current organization. Bruce Behn, associate dean of graduate and executive education, believes the Organizational Action Project is not only a great hands-on experience, but it also offers students a return on their investment.

“In a time when healthcare is facing unprecedented pressures, the Organizational Action Project can improve outcomes for each student’s organization and clients,” Behn said. “The Organizational Action Project is a requirement in all of our executive-level MBAs. We’ve seen incredible organizational improvements and growth, including new service lines, increased patient flow, and new compensation structures that support organizational goals.”

The program also develops each student’s leadership skills through course content and a 360-degree analysis of each student’s personal leadership strengths and opportunities.

For more information about the Executive MBA in Healthcare Leadership program, visit  http://HealthcareEMBA.utk.edu.

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UT Business Alumna Establishes Endowment for Grads to Golf Program

NAWMBA members pose with Lady Vols Golf Head Coach Judi Pavon, Assistant Coach Erika Brennan, EWGA representatives LeAnn Finger, Tracey Courtney-Arnall, and Linda Hopkins, Amy Cathey, and Janet McKinley

NAWMBA members pose with Lady Vols Golf Head Coach Judi Pavon, Assistant Coach Erika Brennan, EWGA representatives LeAnn Finger, Tracey Courtney-Arnall, and Linda Hopkins, Amy Cathey, and Janet McKinley

Janet L. McKinley recently established the Janet McKinley MBA Golf Endowment in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration. Earnings from the endowment will fund the newly established “Grads to Golf.”  The program promotes an interest in golf among National Association of Women MBA (NAWMBA) student members through golf lessons, tournaments and events, speakers, and “young professional” membership in the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA). The program is a joint venture between the Lady Vols Golf program, the UT chapter of NAWMBA, the EWGA National Headquarters office, and the local Knoxville chapter of EWGA.

McKinley is a 1980 alumna of the UT College of Business Administration and former chief corporate auditor for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta. She retired in 2007 after 28 years of service.

McKinley has also established the Robert and Janet McKinley Auditing Excellence Fund in the Department of Accounting and Information Management, the Bob and Barbara McKinley Student Enrichment Endowment in the UT Institute of Agriculture, and the Women in Business Endowment for student athletes enrolled in the College of Business Administration.

She has loyally served UT through the UT Development Council (including as chairwoman from 2011-2013), the UT Accounting Roundtable, the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists, the UT Foundation Board, and the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors.

“My experience in business is that golf is an equalizer – it opens doors, helps you meet colleagues and work associates, and allows you to conduct business with clients and customers outside of the office,” said McKinley.  “But, throughout my career, I observed that women enter the game of golf too late in life – and they enter with a lot of apprehension about playing bad golf, not knowing the rules, and not understanding the etiquette of the game.

“This program is designed to bring young professional women into the sport early in their careers. It is my vision that after this program, the women in UT’s NAWMBA chapter will 1) understand of the value of golf in the business world, 2) be able to play the game of golf, and 3) use golf to enhance – and advance – their professional careers. Not only do the participants get hands-on golf instruction and mentoring from other women who play the game, they also hear from prominent businesswomen and golf industry leaders about the potential value of golf in their business careers.”

The program has had an outstanding impact on the MBAs, said Amy Cathey, director of the MBA program at UT.

“The Grads to Golf program has been an incredible opportunity for NAWMBA members to develop life skills that will benefit them both personally and professionally.  They have had excellent instruction from the Lady Vols golf coaches, alumnae, and golf professionals who have spoken to the group, and from Janet herself. The students are so appreciative.  In fact, they look forward to supporting the development of future Grads to Golf initiatives,” said Cathey.

McKinley hopes that the UT model will be used as the foundation for similar programs at other universities and colleges across the country.

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UT Alum Earns Award for Being Top CPA Examination Performer

MargaretSharpKNOXVILLE—A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumna has been honored for her outstanding performance on the CPA exam.

Margaret Sharp, of Knoxville, has received the prestigious 2013 American Institute of CPAs Elijah Watt Sells Award. Only 55 individuals out of 94,154 test takers, or .05 percent, received this distinction.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for Margaret, and we are so proud of her,” said Joe Carcello, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management and Ernst & Young and Business Alumni Professor. “To be one of fifty five individuals across the country to attain this level of proficiency is stellar.”

Sharp graduated in 2012 from the Master of Accountancy program in the UT College of Business Administration.

The Sells award is earned by individuals who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.5 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, completed testing during the 2013 calendar year and passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt.

“The CPA examination is designed to protect the public interest and help ensure that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license,” said Michael Decker, AICPA director of examinations.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA examination.

Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role helping to advance professional education in the profession.

For more information on the Uniform CPA Examination, visit http://www.aicpa.org/cpa-exam.

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