This week inside Mays, 11-20-17

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Top 5 things you need to know:
1. We’re #1 in the SEC!
2. Director named for Mays Innovation Research Center
3. Entrepreneurship in the news
4. Mays toy drive
5. Faculty-Staff gatherings


We’re #1! 
The Mays Full-Time MBA Program is the #1 SEC school in the Bloomberg Businessweek rankings. The three-semester program focuses on high-impact experiences, with an emphasis on leadership and self-awareness, supported by strong academics.

Mays Innovation Research Center director named
The new Mays Innovation Research Center has an inaugural director: Mays Business School professor Korok Ray, who conceptualized the center as a place to discover how and when innovation occurs, then transfer that knowledge to Texas A&M University students.

Entrepreneurship – that’s the spirit
It’s a short step from the Aggie spirit to the entrepreneurial spirit. Recent multimillion-dollar gifts will establish Texas A&M University as one of the nation’s leading schools for aspiring entrepreneurs…and Mays Business School has never been a more attractive option.

For the Kids
Help Swim Help the Children, the annual angel tree and toy drive coordinated by Keith Swim (MGMT) and the students of MGMT 211 and 209, is in full swing. All donations and gifts are due by Nov. 30 to either Swim or Liesl Wesson. This year, the program has taken on 204 children who were taken from their home by Child Protective Services from Brazos County and put into foster care. Take an angel off the tree in the Wehner lobby to buy gifts for, donate gift cards, or donate through Venmo to @wessonfamily or a GoFundMe page.

Faculty-staff gatherings
Dec. 7 is a Mays gathering day. The Faculty-Staff breakfast and meeting will take place 8-9 a.m in the Wehner lobby, and the meeting will be 9-11 a.m. in Wehner 114.

Take a break and take your headshots
A photographer will be in the faculty/staff lounge (Wehner 239) on Nov. 28 to take photos for the Mays directory. No appointment is necessary, just show up.

Marketing makes the world go round
Leonard L. Berry (MKTG) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 William L. Wilkie “Marketing for a Better World” Award on behalf of the American Marketing Association. Berry will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 AMA Winter Academic Conference in New Orleans on Feb. 23, where he will accept his award and address the conference attendees. The logistics and schedule for the conference are still being confirmed. Congratulations, Dr. Berry!

Leonard Berry on broadcast about “hostage” paper
Leonard Berry (MKTG) is participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s next broadcast – When Patients Feel as Powerless as Hostages – 2-3 p.m. Tuesday. Berry is the lead author of “When Patients and Their Families Feel Like Hostages to Health Care,” published in the September 2017 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Joining Berry on Tuesday’s program are co-authors Kedar Mate and Rana Awdish.

Nominate a Fish Camp Namesake
Namesake nominations for Fish Camp 2018 are now being accepted. A Namesake has the great honor of being both a support and a resource for the counselors and freshman. Nominate someone who you feel should be honored and respected for impacting Texas A&M in a positive way, as well as be a mentor for their camp and freshmen. Nominations are due Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Celebrating success
Chris Yust’s (ACCT) coauthored paper titled “The Cost of Disclosure Regulation: Evidence from D&O Insurance and Non-meritorious Securities Litigation” was recently accepted for publication at Review of Accounting Studies (RAST). Another of Chris’ coauthored papers, “Insurers and Lenders as Monitors during Securities Litigation: Evidence from D&O Insurance Premiums, Interest Rates and Litigation Costs,” was also recently accepted at Journal of Risk and Insurance (JRI), which is at Penn State in the risk management department of their business school. Congratulations to Chris!

That’s a Wrap! Celebration
Texas A&M is hosting its final wellness event of the year, the culmination of the year-long program “Living Well Aware at Texas A&M,” on Dec. 8. There will be a special screening and unveiling of the 12th Essential Element to Health and Happiness designed exclusively for Texas A&M, featuring the founders of Living WELL Aware, Drs. Patricia J. Sulak and Jeffrey A. Waxman. There will be morning and afternoon sessions. The deadline to register is Dec. 1, and space is limited to 300 participants per session.

How does your childhood affect working memory?
A paper by Chiraag Mittal (MKTG) on “working memory” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His co-authors for the paper are Ethan Young, Vladas Griskevicius, Jeff Simpson, and Theodore Waters. The full title is “Can an Unpredictable Childhood Environment Enhance Working Memory? Testing the Sensitized-Specialization Hypothesis.”

Bouwman named associate editor
Christa Bouwman (FINC), recently became an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation, a leading field journal in the area of banking. She is also an Associate Editor of the Review of Finance; the Journal of Banking and Finance; and Corporate Governance: an International Review.

Does in-store shopping still matter?
This holiday shopping season, the overwhelming majority of purchases will still happen within four physical walls of a store, despite the belief that over half of retail purchases are made online. This should encourage thousands of retailers anchored in strip malls, lifestyle centers, and mixed-use developments. In addition, the National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales in November and December this year to increase up to 4 percent over last year.


Say Howdy! to Meaghan Sauser, a program assistant in the Department of Information and Operations Management.


Nov. 20: Guest Speaker: April Lovelady, Chief Technology Officer – Voyager Biomedical
Nov. 20: FT-MBA Thanksgiving Potluck
Nov. 21: Pi Sigma Epsilon Meeting
Nov. 22: Career Chat Afternoon Break


Cheryl Holland-Bridges, KBTX-TV, Nov. 13, 2017, Bryan Named as a Top Destination to Holiday Shop.

Joanna Piacenza, Morning Consult, Nov. 13, 2017, U.S. Consumers Prefer Stores to Online Shopping for the Holidays.

Kelli Hollinger, KBTX-TV, Nov. 16, 2017, Focus at Four: Most ‘dangerous’ toys of this holiday season.

MS Business, The Battalion, Nov. 12, 2017, In good company: Students gain practical experience creating their own companies for master’s program.

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