Haslam Hosts Graduate and Executive Education Information Session

The Haslam College of Business will host a free information session on Thursday, April 30, in Huntsville, Alabama, for individuals interested in expanding their professional education and businesses seeking to expand their talent base.

Representatives from the Haslam College of Business in Knoxville, Tennessee, will be available to discuss the college’s various options for continued education. In addition to certificates and the traditional, full-time MBA, Haslam offers a range of accelerated MBAs for those who wish to remain working while obtaining their degree.

Class time is limited to weekends and two weeklong residence periods for the professional MBA and four 10-day residence periods for the executive MBAs. Executive MBAs are available for individuals in the fields of aerospace and defense, global supply chain management, strategic leadership, and healthcare leadership, as well as a program that caters specifically to physicians.

The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will be held at Grille 29 on 445 Providence Main Street in Huntsville. It includes free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress code is business casual. Reservations are not required.

For more Information, please contact Janice Reid at JReid7@UTK.EDU or (865) 974-0173.

Posted in 2015

Great @knoxnews story about a Venture st

Great @knoxnews story about a Venture student: http://ow.ly/LYcF0 See all the Venture student projects at: https://publicwritingventure.wordpress.com/.

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Six Student Companies Honored in UT Undergraduate Business Plan Competition

Six Student Companies Honored in UT Undergraduate Business Plan Competition

Six student-run companies have received funding to expand their business as part of the annual Undergraduate Business Plan Competition. The winners are:

Life Style Category

First Place: Brandi King – Rentique


Second Place: Lucas Broderick – ViaTech (Pictured with him is his cofounder, Josh Clayton, who is not a UT student.)


Third Place: Annalee Mueck – The Back Patio


Growth Category

First Place: Anthony Meyer & Thomas Truett – Make Me Modern –


Second Place: Cory Walker, Henry Thomas Carr & Ben McKerley – MyBannerPlus


Third Place: Brennan Galbraith – Earworm


To read more about the winners and their projects please visit http://tiny.utk.edu/UBPC15winners

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Freeman Joins the Haslam College of Business as Executive Director of Technology

Geoffrey Freeman was named the executive director of technology at the Haslam College of Business and assumed his position earlier this month. Freeman brings more than 16 years of experience to the role.

As executive director of technology, Freeman leads the Technology Integration Services staff, maintaining the college’s computing infrastructure and providing a technology strategy to place the Haslam School of Business at the forefront of innovative educational tools and alternative learning platforms.

He joins the University of Tennessee from the Medical University of South Carolina where he served as director of instructional technology. At MUSC, Freeman led the efforts to develop online distance education programs and taught various technology training courses. He also led the university to implement online instructional technologies such as audience response and lecture capture.

“The role is very similar to what I was doing previously,” Freeman says, but he finds the Haslam culture of direction unique. “Everyone here has expressed that same specific, definite goal: ‘We want to be in the top 20 business schools in the next five years.’ That’s the kind of goal we created when I was in the Army. That’s the kind of goal I like.”

Freeman is a retired brigadier general for the United States Army Reserve and holds a master’s in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He also is a UT alumnus, graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s in communications.

“I had a really good experience as an undergrad here, and coming back to UT — it’s kind of a dream job,” Freeman says. “I loved Knoxville when I was here before, and I’ve always wanted to come back.”

Freeman adds that he is excited to employ his expertise with technological innovation in service of his alma mater. “That innovation will be critical in technology and other areas if we are to reach our goal,” he says.

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Haslam MBA Students Participate in SEC Case Competition

Haslam College of Business MBA students participated in the third annual SEC Case Competition at the University of South Carolina on April 10.

Allen Pannell, faculty advisor for the group, said the students did well, even though they did not make it past the first round. “Our students had the most innovative answer I saw all weekend,” Pannell said. “They just lost a close judgment call to a very good Florida team, who went on to win the competition.”

Florida has won the competition all three years, and Haslam students’ experience against them has been much the same. “Last year the judges went out of their way to give our team feedback and encouragement,” Pannell said. “They said it was basically a coin flip.”

Haslam’s team consisted of John Born, Marcus Jeter, Brock Lambert and Samara Sadrin. They were given the name of a company to research before the event then presented with a case question once they arrived on-site for the competition.

The SEC Case Competition is hosted by SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. It pits SEC business schools against each other in a friendly competition, providing an opportunity to test students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world business scenarios across the spectrum of disciplines.

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UT Students Host Tour de Knox Bike Rally to Promote Cycling Downtown

Knoxville, Tenn.— On Sunday, April 26, students from the Haslam School of Business will host Tour de Knox, a bike rally in association with Outdoor KnoxFest, from 2-4 p.m. The event, starting and ending at Neyland Stadium, aims to promote biking in the UT and downtown area while raising funds for Legacy Parks Foundation.

TourDeKnox“We are working together with Legacy Parks to build a strong bike culture and safety mindset in the Knoxville community,” said Jessica Burchfield, the student leader of the group. “We have very accessible greenways and bike routes around town, and we want to show everyone how easy it is to ride to and around UT and downtown.”

The event is part of Outdoor KnoxFest, a two-day series of urban adventures hosted by Pilot Flying J and the Legacy Parks Foundation. Outdoor Knoxfest is a signature event of the Dogwood Arts Festival and also includes trail runs, a fly-fishing clinic, a sailing demo and clinic, a campout at Ijams Nature Center and other similar outdoor activities.
Tour de Knox is a self-guided bike route of campus and downtown Knoxville with 15 checkpoints including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, and the Outdoor Adventure Center. Participants will begin at Neyland Stadium Plaza on UT’s campus and be given raffle tickets for each checkpoint they reach within a 75-minute period. Tickets will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the event.

Prizes include a light-weight camping tent from REI and a competition-grade road bike donated by Echelon as well as helmets, water bottles and gift certificates. The Juice Bar will also be serving free juice to the riders.

Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Riders of any age and ability are encouraged to attend, and there will be a safety overview for all who plan to participate. Participants can pre-register online at www.tourdeknox.com or beginning 12:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Tour de Knox consists of four Haslam School of Business students in a service learning class led by Ernie Cadotte. Its mission is to promote bike culture and safety around the city of Knoxville. It aims to do so through events that demonstrate biking resources in the area.

For more information about Tour de Knox contact Jessica Burchfield  at jburchf2@vols.utk.edu or (865) 643-4916

For more information about Outdoor Knoxfest visit: http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/calendar/event/5090-outdoor-knoxfest

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Haslam Students, Staff Receive Top Awards at UT Chancellor’s Honors Banquet

Haslam College of Business students and staff received multiple honors at the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wed., April 8.

Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations was honored for its singular leadership and contribution to advancing diversity with the Dr. Marva Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award. Its BETS program, Safe Zone training, and above all its emphasis on diversity as an issue beyond race and a critical component of the modern, global workplace were cited as exemplary.

bowman_scarlettsmith_evanHaslam supply chain seniors Evan Smith and Scarlett Bowman were recognized for their commitment to volunteerism with Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service and the Extraordinary Community Service awards respectively. Smith lead the Interfraternity Council to coordinate a trick-or-treat program for more than 600 children and has volunteered with various local non-profits. Bowman is a peer mentor at Haslam and a leader in UT’s Alternative Break program, which provides students with service opportunities during spring and fall breaks. 

scott_nancyNancy Scott’s enthusiasm for education and ability to bring abstract ideas to life was honored with a Graduate Teaching Award. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program and teaches business management classes from the introductory to capstone level. 



Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs Mark Willoughby received an Excellence in Advising award for his consistency, professionalism and the personal interest he takes with each of his students.

For a full list of the 2015 Chancellor’s Honors Banquet Award recipients please click here.

CONTACT: Katie Bahr, writer/publicist, (865) 974-3589, katiebahr@utk.edu

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