KNOXVILLE, TN — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Business Administration congratulates full-time MBA partner Daniel Watson and his family on being selected by the ABC network show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to receive a brand new house.
Watson, in his role as executive director of the nonprofit organization Restoration House, served as a project sponsor and mentor to a team of five MBA students in the MBA Innovation in Practice course. This is an applied course where each MBA team is paired with a faculty mentor, a nonprofit organization, and a defined scope of work. Unlike many classes where multiple teams work on a similar project, each team is solely responsible for executing the scope of work for its nonprofit. The challenge for the MBA team was to identify future-housing sources for the low-income single mothers that Restoration House serves.
“Our experience with the students and professors was nothing short of tremendous,” said Daniel Watson about the experience. “We would have had a hard time paying someone to receive the same level of results as we did through this partnership.”
Innovation in Practice is an outgrowth of community outreach that the full-time MBA students have been doing with nonprofit organizations in the East Tennessee area since 2004. Since that time, there have been 52 applied-learning experiences that have involved 247 students and more than 19,000 donated hours. The MBA Class of 2011 participated in 16 of these engagements, including Restoration House, and provided more than 5,600 outreach consulting hours.
“On behalf of the MBA faculty, we are thrilled that a member of our community who represents the spirit of entrepreneurship, mentorship, and support for those in need received this honor,” said Pat Richardson, the MBA faculty member who facilitated the Innovation in Practice engagement with Restoration House. “We are excited to see the great things that will happen for Daniel and his family and the Restoration House organization as a result of the Extreme Makeover project.”
For more information about the UT MBA program and its Innovation in Practice course, visit http://MBA.utk.edu.