NOTE: The next issue of Mays Weekly will be distributed on Aug. 7. Submit your items the Wednesday before the posting date. In September, it will return to a weekly distribution.

Watch for changes in traffic patterns surrounding the Adriance Lab Road renovation – particularly the traffic flow on West Campus Boulevard and the gates to Lot 98. Two-way traffic will travel on the southernmost side of West Campus Boulevard, creating one lane in each direction. The gate to Lot 98 nearest the construction will be closed, moving access to the easternmost entrance, nearest the Wehner building.

Workday will change the way Texas A&M University employees manage benefits, pay, and personal information. It is a new generation of cloud-based technology that simplifies the way faculty, staff, student workers, and retirees access and Workday. Starting Dec. 1, the Texas A&M University System is replacing various legacy mainframe payroll and human resource systems, such as LeaveTraq, TimeTraq, iBenefits, and PATH, with one unified system called navigate through their personal data and information. The Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness has created a new web page, Workday & You, to provide news and updates, upcoming events, videos, resources, and contact information on Workday.

The Annual Benefit Enrollment (Open Enrollment) period for The Texas A&M University System begins July 1 and runs through July 31. This is the time for you to review your benefit selections and consider any changes to make for the FY 2018 plan year, effective September 1, 2017. Open Enrollment for employees is conducted online through the iBenefits System available in Single Sign-On.

Save the date for the Women’s Leadership Initiative Conference Oct. 20 in the Memorial Student Center. The theme will be “Strategies for Navigating the Path to Executive Leadership for Women.”

The next opportunity for Mays faculty and staff to get new headshots is 9-11 a.m. Aug. 4 in the Faculty Lounge. Beyond that, the next opportunity is 9-11 a.m. on Nov. 28.

The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship is seeking volunteers July 15-22 for the 10th Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans. This year’s class will be the largest ever, with 30 veterans attending. Evening mentors are needed to help each participant work on all aspects of their business, such as marketing, management, IT, accounting, and finance. RSVP

Congratulations to several award winners around Mays:

Three Mays graduates are among the 10 recipients of the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award: Jorge A. Bermúdez ʼ73 of College Station, Craig Brown ’75 of Houston, and William M. “Bill” Huffman ’53 of College Station and Marshall.

– The Real Estate Center received four Bronze Quill Awards of Excellence from the Houston chapter of International Association of Business Communicators:

Tierra Grande magazine, publications category

Red Zone podcast, audio/visual communications category

REC Annual Report+Calendar, publications category

“How the West Was Won: Selling of the Wagoner Ranch,” writing category

– Willie Dennis, a Class of 2018 Full-Time Mays MBA candidate, was named a 2017 scholarship recipient of the Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF). He was awarded $15,000.

– Marketing Ph.D. student Brady Hodges was awarded second place and $750 at the International Business Pedagogy Workshops Poster Presentation in Atlanta.

– Leonard Berry (MKTG) will be inducted into the Fresno High School Athletic Hall of Champions, which was created to connect past, current, and future generations of Fresno High School through its successful athletic teams. Berry will be attending a celebration in October. (BONUS: Email your guess of which sport Berry played in high school. The answer will be in the next Mays Weekly.)

– Deidra Schleicher (MGMT) was just selected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), “for sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science.”

– Northway Farms, a recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Strategic Philanthropy class at Mays last spring, recently received another $25,000 gift from the Philanthropy Lab Ambassador’s Conference. Two students – Amy Sharp ’19 (Business Honors and management) and Kaci Thane ’18 (management) – joined students from 16 other schools at the conference. Sharp and Thane advocated for Northway Farms, a nonprofit community that provides homeless women and their children living the Brazos Valley with employment, housing and training through a farming enterprise. Kyle Gammenthaler was one of six professors who served as facilitators and mentors for the conference.

Spots are open to join B/CS Habitat for Humanity volunteers for on a trip to Guatemala in December. Volunteers will install water filters and build latrines and smokeless stoves. B/CS Habitat for Humanity is Mays’ service outreach partner. Learn more.

Academy of Management Journal accepted a paper by Joseph Harrison (recent Mays Ph.D. program graduate in management, now on faculty at TCU), Stephen Boivie (Mays), Rich Gentry (Ole Miss), and Nate Sharp (Mays). The paper is titled “Saving face: How exit in response to negative press and star analyst downgrades reflects reputation maintenance by directors.”

Adam Kolasinski’s paper “Managerial Myopia and the Mortgage Meltdown” was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Lost and Found – Have you borrowed equipment/tools from the Media Office and find that they are cluttering your office? Why not return the item(s) to WCBA 158 and we will store it until the next time you need it. Particularly looking for a red two wheel dolly that can be laid down, a webcam, and a portable document camera. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mark your calendars: Mays will be Painting with a Purpose 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Painting with a Twist. It is a chance for creativity, camaraderie, and generating funds for the Mays partnership with B/CS Habitat for Humanity. More details will be available as the date nears.


Say “Howdy” to Brent Garza, assistant professor in the Department of Accounting; Gokhan Turgut, a visiting scholar in the Department of Management; and Bailey Urban, program coordinator in Business Undergraduate Special Programs.


July 13: Transfer New Student Conference

July 15: Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans opening ceremonies

July 22: Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans closing ceremonies

July 28: 40th Aggie Real Estate Annual Conference

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Venky Shankar, (CRS), Retail Info Systems, May 25, 2017, IoT: Going Beyond the Buzz.”

Eli Jones (DEAN), The Houston Chronicle, June 4, 2017, “What every dean needs to know about fund raising.”

Luis Torres (REC), The Eagle, June 9, 2017, “Report: Bryan-College Station real estate a seller’s market.”

Also at Texas A&M Today, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News,

Jim Gaines (REC), Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2017, “North Texas home sales, prices broke another record in May.”

Also at: Helena Talbot blog

Leonard Berry (MKTG), Newswise, June 9, 2017, “Texas A&M researcher suggests ways to unlock intrinsic hope in cancer patients.”

Layeeka Ismail ’16, Texas A&M Today, June 13, 2017, “Three Texas A&M graduates honored with top awards at LAUNCH ceremony.”

Kelli Hollinger (CRS), KBTX, June 14, 2017, “Focus at Four: The first steps of turning your passion into profit.”

Jim Gaines (REC), KTHR, June 16, 2017, “Baby Boomers impacting rental market.”

Claire Nixon (ACCT), OAI News, June 17, 2017, “8 habits of incredibly interesting people.” Also in Insider.

Leonard Berry, News Medical, June 21, 2017, “Patients with advanced illness should have more options for end-of-life care.”

Charles Gilliland (REC), June 23, 2017, “Texas small land sales jump 14 percent, price per acre declines in 2016.” Also in KOLD-TV online, SAT Press Releases, WFMJ-TV Online, WVUE-TV Online, WICU-TV Online, KMOV-TV Online, WMC-TV Online, WLOX-TV Online, WorldNews, KTRE-TV Online, WLBT-TV Online, WECT-TV Online, KWES-TV Online, WAFF-TV Online, KLTV-TV Online, WBRC-TV Online, KFVS-TV Online, WALB-TV Online, WOIO-TV Online, Crossroads Today, WTOC-TV- Online, WTVM-TV Online, WXIX-TV Online, WSFA-TV Online, Le, WCSC-TV Online,, Spoke, The Buffalo News Online, Morningstar StockInvestor Online, Profit Quotes, Hispanic PR Wire, Hola Arkansas Online, Hispanic PR Wire, WFXG-TV Online, WRCB-TV, KSWO-TV Online, WOHL-TV Online, WOWK-TV Online, WZVN-TV Online, WBTV-TV Online, KWTV-Online, WWBT-V Online, WVIR-TV Online, WVNS-TV Online, San Marcos Corridor News, and East Texas Review.

Charles Gilliland (REC), San Marcos Corridor News, June 26, 2017, “Real Estate Crowdfunding… What’s the Buzz?

(REC), The Dallas Morning News, June 27, 2017, “Why are Dallas builders pushing Trump for immigration reform? Your home price depends on it.”

 VETTED (CED), Cision PR Newswire, June 28, 2017, “Wharton Executive Education Prepares To EducateHigh Performance Veterans Through The Business Foundations Specialization Series. Also in FOX 29, WBOC2-TV Online, WVUE-TV Online, KOTV-TV Online, KSLA-TV Online, WVIR-TV Online, WDAM-TV Online, WBBH-TV Online,, WLOX-TV Online, KHNL-TV Online, WFIE-TV Online, WOIO-TV Online, West Virginia Illustrated, WFXG-TV Online, WRCB-TV Online, WBRC-TV Online, Spoke, WALB-TV Online, WTOC-TV Online, WTVM-TV Online, KNDO-TV Online, WAFF-TV Online, WLNE-TV Online, KNBN-TV Online, KWES-TV Online, WFLX-TV Online, KULR-TV Online, Crossroads Today, Profit Quotes, WECT-TV Online, KTRE-TV Online, KSWO-TV Online, KTVN-TV Online, KTEN-TV Online, WXIX-TV Online, WWBT-TV Online, KAUZ-TV Online, KHQ-TV Online, KVVU-TV Online, WVNS-TV Online, KLTV-TV Online, WCSC-TV Online, KFVS-TV Online, KCTV-TV Online, WMC-TV Online, KFMB-TV Online, KWTV-TV Online, WBOY-TV Online, KEYC-TV Online, KPLC-TV Online, WBTV-TV Online, KCBD-TV Online, WZVN-TV Online, KFVE-TV Online, East WSFA-TV Online, WFJM-TV Online, KUSI-TV Online, WMBF-TV Online, KOAM-TV Online, KOLD-TV Online, WLBT-TV Online, WNKY-TV Online, WDRB-TV Online, KRGV-TV Online, WOWK-TV Online, TheStreet, WTRF-TV Online,, WOHL-TV Online, KFMB-AM Online, WTOL-TV Online, Presentation Master, KFMB-FM Online, WWTV-TV Online, WLWC-TV Online, IT Business Net, KMOV-TV Online, DMN Newswire, WICU-TV Online, and LinkedIn.

Leonard Berry (MKTG), June 23, 2017, Journal of Clinical Oncology, “How a child with cancer moved from vulnerability to resilience.”

Michael Howard (MGMT), July 3, 2017, Investor’s Business Daily, “6 critical steps to picking the right business partner.

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