RSVP for the Mays faculty-staff picnic, which will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Wehner lobby and courtyard. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and snow cones will be served. There will be a bounce house, a kids movie at 5:30 p.m. in 161 Wehner, a kids activity center in 136 Wehner, a photo booth (bring your own camera) in 135 Wehner, and photos with Reveille 5:30-6:30 p.m. in 238 Wehner.

Construction on Adriance Lab Road is projected to be completed in September. See updated FAQ page with maps of phases 2-3.

Register for the Aug. 21 Painting with a Purpose night to benefit Mays Builds and B/CS Habitat for Humanity.

Several projects around the Wehner Building are coming to fruition. Three student collaboration stations (huddle spaces) have been installed across the hall from Wehner 104. They are available on a first come, first served basis. AMX ENZO logos and instructions are on the large monitors. Up to four externals devices (lap tops or tablets/phones) can be displayed at a time. White board partitions have also been added. If the screens are blank, there is a labeled manual power button on the bottom of the monitor. Four extension cords are also available for anyone’s use at each station. A fourth station will be added by Entrance #6 on Aug. 23.

The study carrels will be moved to an area by Entrance #3 (toward Bio/Bio, Ag Café) so an IT network printer for student use can be put in that space. Dates will be announced at a later time.

At the Reliant Trading Center, work on increasing the number of student seating from 24 to 52 is almost complete. Three large graphics displays, the stock ticker and an RTC donor monitor are live and active. Teaching technology has been upgraded to include another projector and monitor. Early next week, 52 student computers will be installed with some featuring Bloomberg terminals.

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At the American Management Association conference, Executive Associate Dean Duane Ireland received two major awards: the 2017 Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and the Distinguished Service Award from the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Accounting Professor John Robinson received the 2017 Ray Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award from the American Taxation Association on Aug. 8. Ernst & Young allows the recipient to direct a $5,000 scholarship to a higher education institution, and Robinson selected Texas A&M.

Management Associate Professor Cindy Zapata received a “Best Reviewer Award” from Academy of Management Journal. She was honored at the Academy of Management Association conference.

A paper on innovation written by several Texas A&M researchers was selected as the Best Paper in the 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences/Design Theory and Methodology Conference (IDETC/DTM), a premier conference for Mechanical and Industrial Engineers. The paper, “Product Performance Evolution Prediction by Lotka-Volterra Equations,” was written by Guanglu Zhang, Daniel A. McAdams, Milad Mohammadi Darani, and Venkatesh Shankar. It was an outcome of an NSF grant that McAdams (a professor in mechanical engineering) and Shankar received. Co-author Darani is a Mays marketing doctoral student and Zhang is an engineering doctoral student.


Aug. 17: Transfer New Student Conference


Aug. 7-25: Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Aug. 14-17: Halliburton Business Leadership Development I (Houston – 2 Programs)

James Gaines (REC),, Aug. 8, 2017, “After1 1 percent jump in July, North Texas on pace to sell over 100,000 homes in 2017.”

James Gaines (REC),, Aug. 8, 2017, “Real estate market influenced by rapid growth.”

Steven Boivie (MGMT), Nate Sharp (ACCT), and Joseph Harrison (recent Ph.D. graduate MGMT), Harvard Business Review, Aug. 9, 2017,  Board directors are more likely to leave when a firm is getting criticized.”

Kelli Hollinger (CRS), KBTX-TV, Aug. 10, 2017, “Ways to save on Tax Free Weekend,” and The Eagle, Aug. 11, 2017, “Local stores gearing up for Tax-Free Weekend.”


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