Dr. Michael J. Stahl PEMBA Faculty Fellowship Established to Honor PEMBA Founder

IMG_2398[2]A new faculty fellowship has been named in the Physician Executive MBA program at the Haslam College of Business honoring founding director Mike Stahl.

Alumni, students and staff announced the fellowship to Stahl during the program’s alumni symposium in the spring of 2015. At that time they had contributed $150,000 during the effort’s eight-month quiet phase.

“It just blew my mind that none of them said anything,” Stahl said. “I know all of these alums. We’ve recruited together at conferences.”

Contributors wished to recognize Stahl’s efforts over the last 18 years in establishing and developing the PEMBA program.

“Mike has been there since the beginning,” said Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education Bruce Behn. “He helped get PEMBA off the ground, got it through some tough times and then grew PEMBA to make it one of UT’s premier programs. This fellowship just shows how much Mike has meant to our PEMBA alums.”

Stahl was caught off guard by the presentation and by the efforts of staff and alumni. “I can’t recall the last time I’ve been that surprised,” he said. “I was truly humbled and honored. For them to recognize what we’ve accomplished at PEMBA over the years was a true honor.”

Stahl also serves as a recruiter to the program, traveling to various physician and medical conferences with his wife, Barbara, who assists with his efforts.

The Dr. Michael J. Stahl PEMBA Faculty Fellowship will be awarded for the first time in the fall of 2015 to those teaching in the PEMBA program who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and service through teaching and research.

Fundraising for the endowment is ongoing, with a goal of $250,000. Anyone interested in contributing to this , please contact Chip Bryant in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs at cbryant@utfi.org.



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Haslam College of Business Representatives Engage Memphis Aviation Group

Ken Gilbert, professor emeritus of the Haslam College of Business, spoke to aviation industry leaders in Memphis recently about the college’s aerospace and defense industry programs.

Nearly 60 leaders from aviation companies in the region gathered for the talk at a quarterly meeting of the Jet and Engine Trading Society (JETS Memphis). Gilbert spoke about Haslam College of Business work with representatives from aviation and defense organizations including Delta Air Lines, Embraer, Lockheed Martin, the United States Army and Air Force.

Gilbert, former head of the college’s Department of Business Analytics and Statistics, discussed how Haslam is helping aviation organizations improve maintenance productivity, customer satisfaction and profitability. Gilbert has teamed with Haslam colleagues Mandyam Srinivasan and Missie Bowers to publish a new book on their work entitled, “Lean Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.” The book summarizes lessons learned from nearly a decade of research, education and consulting with clients from the aerospace and defense industry.

“Our organization provides networking and learning opportunities to all the aviation companies in our region,” said Kerry Sterk, JETS Memphis organizer. “Ken Gilbert’s talk helped us draw our largest turnout ever and provided some valuable knowledge to our members.”

Following the talk, Gilbert and Andy White, director of the college’s Aerospace & Defense Business Institute, met with leaders from FedEx to discuss potential partnering opportunities. They also received a midnight tour of FedEx hub operations. “I was very impressed by the way FedEx manages such a massive logistics mission and their agility handling the enormous variation that comes with it,” Gilbert said.

“The Haslam College of Business has been working with aerospace and defense organizations all over the world throughout the last decade,” said White. “Ken shared some of those lessons learned, and we got a chance to explore potential partnering opportunities right here in the Volunteer State.”

JETS Memphis, a TEAM.Aero initiative

Department of Business Analytics & Statistics

Aerospace & Defense Business Institute, Haslam College of Business

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Master of Accountancy Program Gives Back to Future Graduates

The Haslam College of Business’ 2015 Master of Accountancy class raised $28,800 in gifts to support future accounting students. More than 71 percent of the students pursuing a MAcc at the college participated.

Carly Sain, a graduating MAcc student, chaired the “1,2,3 for Tennessee” campaign with support from fellow students Thomas Allen, Nick Baxter, John Belenfant, Tara Davis, Jack Robertson and Molly Thessin. As part of the campaign, students pledged to donate $100 during the year in which they will graduate, $200 the year after graduation and $300 the third year.

According to Sain, some classes had as much as 96 percent participation. “I believe it really says something about the program and how much success students attribute to it,” Sain said. “Everyone who pledged to donate understands how important it is to give back to future MAcc students.”

Committee members held various events for those who contributed to the fundraising campaign, including a lunch catered by Moe’s and a shrimp boil. Students who donated also received a commemorative t-shirt.

Proceeds will be used to fund Master of Accountancy scholarships, as well as to sponsor the Becker CPA Review for students whose future employers do not underwrite the cost.

“Many MAcc students come into the program with full-time job offers from big four [PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG], regional and local accounting firms that pay for CPA exam preparation,” said Sain. “For those students who do not receive CPA exam aid, the MAcc program does everything it can to completely cover the cost of CPA exam preparation, which can run upwards of $4,000 per person.”

The Haslam College of Business’ Master of Accountancy program the seventh highest CPA exam pass rates in the country. Sain says that the contribution of the classes demonstrates their commitment to continuing this achievement.

“We as students understand that the value of our degree only increases with the success of future students,” she said.


Posted in 2014

Haslam Undergraduate Accounting Program Ranked Among Top 25

Best-Undergraduate-Accounting-Schools-Super-Ranking-2015The undergraduate accounting program at the Haslam College of Business was named among the best in the nation earlier this month in the 2015 Best Accounting School Super Ranking. Haslam’s accounting program was ranked 22nd by Accounting Degree Review, a resource website for current and prospective accounting and finance students.

The website noted the longevity of Haslam’s accounting program: the undergraduate discipline has been in practice for more than 100 years and was one of the first to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Kate Lau, an editor of the website, said, “The University of Tennessee’s accounting program offers a competitive curriculum that prepares you to go into the business world equipped with the knowledge you need to succeed.”

Accounting Degree Review is an independent organization that combines the rankings of U.S. News and World Report, Tax Talent and Public Accounting Report to determine their rankings.

The full rankings list is available on the Accounting Degree Review website at

Posted in 2014

Haslam Students Study Supply/Demand Integration in Australia

UTK at USC-AUSSeventeen Haslam College of Business students travelled to Queensland, Australia, this summer to study marketing and supply chain management. Participants lived and studied at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and took classes taught by Haslam professors John Bell and Diane Mollenkopf.

Mollenkopf, who has been with the program since its inception in 2007, chose Australia because she believes its cultural similarities to the United States allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the differences in world-view and business practices.

“When the culture is so foreign that students spend most of their time figuring out things like ‘Where is the bathroom?’ and ‘What am I eating?’ the experience can be a bit shallow,” she said. “This is a unique corner of the world to consider the implications for doing business, especially when [students] start to realize how economically tied this country is to Asia, yet how distant it is culturally from Asia.”

Students visited the Brisbane Port, Bunderim Ginger Factory, Woolworths’ Brisbane Regional Distribution Center and Lion Brewery to witness supply chain and marketing integration in the Oceana-Pacific region firsthand.

“The operations manager at Woolworths shared with us how little details such as changing the paint color on their trucks significantly impacted cost,” said Kathryn Jordan, a rising senior studying human resource management. Painting refrigerated trucks white, which reflects sunlight, cut down energy costs while remaining in brand.

Taylor Hillock, a rising junior majoring in supply chain and marketing, was impressed with Brisbane’s automated port, the only one if its kind in the world.

“To be able to see in person the state of the art AutoStrads in action as well as the massive sight of the quay-cranes was the opportunity of a lifetime,” Hillock said. “Real life scenarios and experience make what has been taught in lectures these past few years come together and just click!”

At Lion Brewery, students learned how historic shipping limitations led to regional brand loyalty in the Australian beer industry, and how companies have maintained that loyalty by partnering with regional athletic teams.

“The state beer for New South Whales is Victoria Bitters while QLD’s is XXXX,” said Daniel Elliott, a rising senior in supply chain management. “They pair these beers with the states’ rugby teams (Maroons are sponsored by XXXX and the Blues are sponsored by VB). This helps with brand recognition and the continuance of consumer taste history.”

Students also visited Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Australia Zoo and received guest lectures from USC faculty and aboriginal elders from the Gubbi Gubbi nation.

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Students Get First Glimpse of College at Haslam

Nearly 40 middle and high school students visited the Haslam College of Business this summer to gain exposure to college life. Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations partnered with Goodwill’s GoodGuides and the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Project Ready to connect with area youth.

Jay Butler, education and youth coordinator for the Knoxville Area Urban League, said that its summer institute seeks to provide rising sixth- through ninth-grade students with academic enrichment, career exploration and service learning. “We chose to partner with Haslam to give participants a clear understanding of the connections between careers and the training needed in order to be qualified,” Butler said.

Adrienne Isenhower, program manager for GoodGuides, said the insight into college life and the application process provided during the students’ visit was invaluable. Through the experience, youth “began realizing how important their performance in high school can be to attend their university of choice,” she said.

Both Butler and Isenhower cited the campus tours and panel discussions led by current students as highlights of the visit.

The panel discussion centered on college transition, time management and campus living. Panelists included Haslam students Sharmain Ross, Alexandria Hughes, Anna Gardner, Tony Shields and Brianna Harris.

“I think that it is extremely important that young people are exposed to college and that they have the opportunity to engage in conversation from actual college students,” Harris said. “Something that I really enjoyed about this program was how comfortable the students seemed to have felt asking us questions.”

Alex Hughes said that the best question she received was whether college was difficult. “It reminded me of the tough reality: yes, college is a challenge,” she said. “However, I was sure to remind the students that anything worth having is worth working hard to achieve.”

Project Ready is the signature program of the National Urban League. It provides academic and social support for African American and other urban youth as they prepare for post-secondary success. For more information, visit: http://www.thekaul.org/

The GoodGuides is a mentoring program by Goodwill Industries assisting youth in overcoming disadvantages to increase school completion and build careers. For more information visit: http://www.gwiktn.org/goodguides

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and international backgrounds at the Haslam College of Business. For more information visit: http://diversity.bus.utk.edu/

Posted in 2015

Haslam Students Learn Economics in German Context

MercedesPlantEight Haslam College of Business students learned how culture and politics affect economics during a study abroad program in Germany this summer. The session included two advanced courses related to Haslam’s full-time MBA curriculum and was led by faculty members Bill Neilson, Marianne Wanamaker and Georg Schaur.

“The students are spending the month in Freiburg, where they are living in dorms,” Neilson said. “All of them have European flat-mates.” These living conditions are intended to give students a broader perspective on German life and culture.

Clay Daniel, a rising junior studying supply chain management and business analytics, found the accommodations reflect his impressions of German culture in general.

“Until you truly get to know a person, there is a very formal boundary between you,” Daniel said. “If conversations happen, that’s cool, but there doesn’t seem to be any drive to start those conversations. On the other hand, the conversations I have had with the people I live with have been very kind.”

Understanding this reticence was particularly important when students interviewed Germans on the street as part of an economic experiment. “We had to go out into town and present random people with a choice that measured their willingness to take risks,” Daniel said. “I thought that it was a great opportunity. I also learned that I like this branch of economics more so than others.”

Students gained perspective on international business by visiting Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany, and the pharmaceutical company Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. The European Union Parliament and FutureCamp Climate, an emissions trading business, provided comparisons to political issues in the United States.

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