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Mays Business School dean inducted into Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame

Kelli R. Levey, August 11th, 2016

Eli Jones, dean of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and holder of the Peggy Pitman Mays Eminent Scholar Chair in Business, joined an elite group when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Ph.D. Project, a national group that works to increase the diversity of business school faculty members.

The award came during the Ph.D. Project’s annual Faculty Dinner, held in conjunction with the American Marketing Association (AMA)’s conference Aug. 5-6 in Atlanta. The AMA is a sponsor of the Ph.D. Project. About 100 of the Ph.D. project’s 200 Marketing Doctoral Students Association members attended.

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Dean Eli Jones and Bernard Milano

The Ph.D. Project’s annual recognition of faculty members started in 2011 to honor commitment, involvement and inspiration, and to recognize “a select few who have greatly inspired many,” organizers said.

When presenting the Hall of Fame honor to Jones, KPMG Foundation and Ph.D. Project President Bernard Milano said: “You have been a wonderful role model and mentor to many, many people.”

In his acceptance speech, Jones said the Ph.D. Project stemmed from a need to increase the supply of underrepresented minority college graduates.

“One significant way to do so is to increase the minority representation at the front of the classroom,” he said. “In organizing the Ph.D. Project, what may not have been anticipated is the greater impact that this wonderful initiative would have on society.”

Jones added, “We are the light.  Let’s focus on our calling and keep pressing on to make a difference. Be still. Be the light.”

Jones also was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA’s Sales and Sales Management Special Interest Group (SIG), which provides programs designed to enhance selling and sales management scholarship, teaching and practice in an inclusive and collegial environment. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the outstanding scholar who has made meaningful contributions to the field of sales through publications in top journals, teaching excellence, fostering professional development among others, and generally contributing to scholarship in the area of sales.

This year was the first time a charity component was added to the awards program to raise funds for the Ph.D. Project. Members of the AMA’s Sales SIG, as well as some of his friends and colleagues, gave personally to a charity in Jones’ name, and raised more than $14,000 – the highest raised by a single individual. The fund-raising component was a surprise to Jones until the afternoon he received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Mays Business School’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Program (“STEM to Stocks”) kicked off its 2016-2017 program year with an orientation on Aug. 8. This year’s class is the largest yet, at 77 students, including 40 Texas A&M undergraduates who are taking advantage of the program’s Accelerated Admissions (4+1) option. The mission of the MSF is to help students with non-finance undergraduate degrees launch finance-related careers.

MSF Program Director Kevin Moore and Assistant Director Allison Hayes were joined at the orientation by Arvind Mahajan, the newly appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, and Sorin Sorescu, head of the Department of Finance. Kristi Shryock, Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs, joined the orientation to award almost $35,000 in program scholarships earned by Texas A&M engineering students.

The students also met the program’s Career Management Center team, including Director Kim Austin, Associate Director Desiree Wilson and Associate Director for MS Programs Mitch Lederman, as well as Senior Career Coordinator Lisa Burton. Last year, the program achieved 94 percent full-time job placement and 100 percent internship placement for domestic students.

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Eli Jones, dean of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and holder of the Peggy Pitman Mays Eminent Scholar Chair in Business, received two awards and two other faculty members were recognized during the 2016 Summer Educators Conference of the American Marketing Association (AMA), held Aug. 5-6 in Atlanta.

Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the American Marketing Association’s Ph.D. Project, a national group the works to increase the diversity of business school faculty members. The Ph.D. Project’s annual recognition of faculty members started in 2011 to honor commitment, involvement and inspiration, and to recognize “a select few who have greatly inspired many,” organizers said.

This year was the first time a charity component was added to the award. Members of the AMA’s Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group (Sales SIG) gave personally to a charity in Jones’ name, and raised more than $14,000 – the highest raised by a single individual. The fund-raising component was a surprise to Jones until the night of his award. When presenting the Hall of Fame honor to Jones, KPMG Foundation and Ph.D. Project President Bernard Milano said: “You have been a wonderful role model and mentor to many, many people.”

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Venkatesh Shankar (left)

Jones also was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA’s Sales SIG, which provides programs designed to enhance selling and sales management scholarship, teaching and practice in an inclusive and collegial environment. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the outstanding scholar who has made meaningful contributions to the field of sales through publications in top journals, teaching excellence, fostering professional development among others, and generally contributing to scholarship in the area of sales. 

Mays faculty members who were recognized at the conference were marketing professors Venkatesh Shankar and Manjit Yadav.

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Manjit Yadav (left)

Shankar was recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Area Editor Award for the Journal of Marketing (JM). Yadav was recognized as Outstanding Reviewer for JM.

Jones said of the school’s positive representation at the conference: “Part of our mission is to create a vibrant learning organization. The awards garnered recently are a testament to the quality of our people and the vibrancy of our culture. People make the place. I’m pleased with the culture we’ve  created and the desire to continuously improve it.” 
Faculty members from other Mays departments have also been recognized in recent months:

 

Lorraine EdenManagement Professor Lorraine Eden won the inaugural Woman of the Year award from the Women in the Academy of International Business, a special-interest group within the Academy of International Business. She was presented the award at the annual AIB meeting in New Orleans in June.

Alina SorescuAlina Sorescu has been invited to join the editorial review board of the top-tier Journal of Marketing Research.

BarrickA paper University Distinguished Professor of Management Murray Barrick co-wrote won best paper in Personnel Psychology. It was titled “Personality and Leadership Composition in Top Management Teams: Implications for Organizational Effectiveness.”

Duane IrelandUniversity Distinguished Professor of Management and Executive Associate Dean Duane Ireland was on a team that won the 2016 Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award for “Signaling Theory: A Review and Assessment.” His colleagues were Brian L. Connelly, Trevis C. Certo and Christopher R. Reutzel.

Michael HowardManagement Assistant Professor Mike Howard’s paper won a “Best Paper” honor from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management. “The Influence of Founder Collaborations on Venture Knowledge Quality” was co-written with Warren Boeker, Sandip Basu and Arvin Sahaym.

CourtrightManagement Assistant Professor Stephen Courtright received a Best Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management Review.

James-Abbey-3James Abbey, Assistant Professor in the Deparment of Information and Operations Management, was invited to and joined the Editorial Review Boards for two top-tier journals: Production and Operations Management Journal and Journal of Operations Management. Abbey also received a “Best Reviewer Award” for review work at Production and Operations Management Journal and was recognized for “Outstanding Review Work” at the Production and Operations Management 2016 Annual Conference.

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Eli Jones, dean of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and holder of the Peggy Pitman Mays Eminent Scholar Chair in Business, joined an elite group when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Ph.D. Project, a national group that works to increase the diversity of business school faculty members.

The award came during the Ph.D. Project’s annual Faculty Dinner, held in conjunction with the American Marketing Association (AMA)’s conference Aug. 5-6 in Atlanta. The AMA is a sponsor of the Ph.D. Project. About 100 of the Ph.D. project’s 200 Marketing Doctoral Students Association members attended.

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Dean Eli Jones and Bernard Milano

The Ph.D. Project’s annual recognition of faculty members started in 2011 to honor commitment, involvement and inspiration, and to recognize “a select few who have greatly inspired many,” organizers said.

When presenting the Hall of Fame honor to Jones, KPMG Foundation and Ph.D. Project President Bernard Milano said: “You have been a wonderful role model and mentor to many, many people.”

In his acceptance speech, Jones said the Ph.D. Project stemmed from a need to increase the supply of underrepresented minority college graduates.

“One significant way to do so is to increase the minority representation at the front of the classroom,” he said. “In organizing the Ph.D. Project, what may not have been anticipated is the greater impact that this wonderful initiative would have on society.”

Jones added, “We are the light.  Let’s focus on our calling and keep pressing on to make a difference. Be still. Be the light.”

Jones also was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA’s Sales and Sales Management Special Interest Group (SIG), which provides programs designed to enhance selling and sales management scholarship, teaching and practice in an inclusive and collegial environment. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the outstanding scholar who has made meaningful contributions to the field of sales through publications in top journals, teaching excellence, fostering professional development among others, and generally contributing to scholarship in the area of sales.

This year was the first time a charity component was added to the awards program to raise funds for the Ph.D. Project. Members of the AMA’s Sales SIG, as well as some of his friends and colleagues, gave personally to a charity in Jones’ name, and raised more than $14,000 – the highest raised by a single individual. The fund-raising component was a surprise to Jones until the afternoon he received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The fall is a natural time to assess the status of the programs at Mays Business School. Two of the three MBA programs at Mays have grown in size over last year, with enrollment in the Full-Time MBA is up 16 percent to 74 students and the Executive MBA is up by 5 percent, to 46 students. Enrollment of underrepresented minorities is up from 9 percent in 2015 to 19 percent.

Students in the Professional and Executive MBA programs hail from a cross-section of industries, including petroleum/energy, consulting services, consumer products, manufacturing and pharmaceutical/health care.

Beginning this semester, Mays MBA programs have two top academic leaders for the first time. Finance Professor Arvind Mahajan was named associate dean for graduate programs and Accounting Associate Professor Mike Kinney is assistant dean. Both positions began Aug. 1.

Mahajan said he is optimistic about the future of the MBA programs. “Notwithstanding the challenges facing the MBA market nationwide, Mays stands ready to meet these challenges successful and with confidence.”

Patti Cudney, director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions, said Mays is pleased to welcome such strong and diverse groups of students this year. “Our new students bring a wide variety of educational, professional and personal experiences into our classrooms to share with and influence one another through the learning process,” she said. “We look forward to the contributions they will make during their time at Mays and as they impact their communities in the future.”

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Shannon Deer, director of the Full-Time MBA program

Shannon Deer, director of the Full-Time MBA program

The Full-Time MBA is renewing its focus this year on problem solving, which was integrated into the program starting the first day of orientation. For the first time this year, orientation culminated in a case competition hosted by FTI Consulting and Mays. The purpose of the case competition is to help students get accustomed to problem-solving earlier in the program. On July 29, 74 students competed in their academic teams. They had limited time over two days to research the case, but their orientation focused on preparing them to solve problems, tackle cases in class, and excel in case interviews common in the MBA job search. On their first day of orientation, they did several problem-solving activities.

The current students of the 18-month program have an average of 4.5 years of professional experience.

Executive MBA

Julie Orzabal, director of the Executive MBA program

Julie Orzabal, director of the Professional MBA program

Mays welcomes 46 members of the Executive MBA Class of 2018 to the Texas A&M University campus Aug. 1-4 for Residency Week. Residency Week kicks off the program with a series of foundational modules focusing on problem solving and data analytics as well as professional competency modules that include business communication, team building and management, leadership and relationships.

The 18-month program is held at CityCentre Houston. It targets mid- to high-level professionals with a minimum of 10 years of experience, with preference given to candidates who have at least seven years of progressive and significant organizational responsibilities. Preference is given to applicants who are innovative leaders with potential for contributing to the learning experience and the ability to balance multiple commitments within a team-oriented environment. This year’s class has an average of 15 years of experience.

Professional MBA

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Michael Alexander, director of the Professional MBA program

Students in the Professional MBA are taking on the world as their classroom, and those between their first and second years of study are on a trip to Marrakech, Casablanca and Madrid. Last year, program participants traveled to Vietnam, and the previous year they visited Budapest, Bratislava and Prague. This is the first year the group’s travels will cover two continents.

“The students in the Professional MBA program go out of the country to learn, to bond, and to potentially be transformed,” said program Director Michael Alexander. “The world is getting smaller, but there are still significant local differences – cultural, political and certainly business differences. We want students to become more aware and familiar of how to best conduct business globally as a key part of their MBA education.”

In addition, he said, the students continue to solidify their Aggie Network within the cohort by spending time in cultural events in each destination. At the end of the week, the students exemplify the Aggie value of “selfless service” by giving back to a local NGO (non-governmental organization) – learning, participating and reflecting.

The 22-month program targets students with at least two years of professional work experience and current full-time employment. Classes are held at CityCentre Houston. This year’s class members have an average of 6.4 years of professional experience.

The MBA programs continue to receive national recognition. Mays is ranked as the 5th best business school for networking, while the Full-Time MBA Program is ranked 8th among U.S. public schools by Bloomberg Businessweek and Financial Times, and 9th among U.S. public schools in U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

The Professional MBA Program was ranked 18th among U.S. public schools by U.S. News & World Report. The Executive MBA program was ranked 1st among public schools in Texas and 4th among public schools exclusively in the U.S. by Financial Times.

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Mays Business School welcomes 11 new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. Mays faculty members are consistently recognized for their research and teaching accomplishments.

BrownLemar Brown has joined the Executive MBA Program as an executive professor. She will be teaching the Capstone course. Prior to joining Mays, she worked as a business opportunity manager in Shell Upstream Americas, New Business Development, negotiating the divestment of Shell’s Eagle Ford Shale to Sanchez Energy. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

CallMatthew Call has joined the Department of Management as an assistant professor of management. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Call worked as a research assistant at the University of South Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

CanellaAlbert Cannella has also joined the Department of Management as a professor of management. Cannella was a Texas A&M faculty member 1989-2004. Prior to returning to Texas A&M, Canella served the faculty of Arizona State University as a professor and W.P. Carey School of Business Chair. Cannella received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate from Columbia University.

GareyDwight Garey has joined the Department of Finance as executive director of the Commercial Banking Program and as executive professor. He is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, where he is a director of the Alumni Board of Directors and was president of the Alumni Board 2012-2015. He received a bachelor’s in finance from Texas A&M, a commercial banking diploma in commercial lending from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and an MBA from University of Houston-Clear Lake.

HeadMichael Head has joined the Department of Accounting as a lecturer. He also serves as a risk management, internal control and operations consultant. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he held the resident instructor position in the accounting department at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

HepferBrad Hepfer has joined the Department of Accounting as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he worked for a Big 4 accounting firm performing tax accounting services for Fortune 500 firms. He received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a Ph.D. in accounting, all from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

MittalChiraag Mittal has joined the Department of Marketing as an assistant professor. He was recently a research assistant at University of Minnesota and University of Arizona. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

RossiMarco Rossi has joined the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame. He received a master’s degree in economics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

SreenivasanAkshaya Sreenivasan has joined the Department of Marketing as a clinical assistant professor. She plans to complete her Ph.D. in mass communication at Pennsylvania State University this fall. Before joining Penn State, Sreenivasan worked as a broadcast journalist in India’s leading TV network NDTV. She also worked as a short-term consultant for infodev – The World Bank Group (Washington D.C.) on ICT-related projects. She received a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and communications from University of Madras and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from University of Madras State University.

SridharHari Sridhar has joined the Department of Marketing as an associate professor and Center for Executive Development professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he was a Frank and May Jean Smeal Fellow and associate professor of marketing at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. Hari serves as an area editor for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and serves on the editorial review boards for Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Customer Needs and Solutions. Sridhar received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

StaufferJon M. Stauffer has joined the Department of Information and Operations Management as an assistant professor. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, an MBA from University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and a Ph.D. in operations and entrepreneurship from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.

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Dean Eli Jones recently announced appointments of new leadership. Duane Ireland was appointed to executive associate dean after serving in an interim capacity for the past year. Annie McGowan was named Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Arvind Mahajan (FINC) will take the lead as associate dean for graduate programs and Mike Kinney (ACCT) will become assistant dean. Mike Shaub will become director of the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA).
Duane IrelandIreland served in an interim capacity for the past year. “The interim position allowed us to get to know each other as colleagues and close work partners and enabled members of the college to work more closely with Duane in his new role,” Jones said. “The feedback I received was very positive.”
Ireland is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Benton Cocanaugher Chair in Business at Texas A&M University. He joined the Department of Management in Mays in 2004. Previously, he served two years as head of the management department.
Annie McGowan was named Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Effective Sept. 1, McGowan will head the new Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which aims to realize Mays’ strategic vision as a vibrant learning organization that respects differences and embraces connectedness. “Annie will work with members of our college in the areas of cultural sensitivity and inclusion, diversity in student recruitment and retention and community relations,” Jones said.
McGowan is an associate professor of accounting and has served as the director of the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) at Mays since 2008. Mike Shaub, Clinical Professor of Accounting, will take over as PPA director when McGowan steps into her new role.
annieheadshot-2“I am very excited to lead Mays Business School’s strategic effort to foster an inclusive environment where future leaders develop the cultural integrity to honor and leverage individual differences to achieve a competitive advantage,” McGowan said. “If academic institutions are to sustainably supply sufficient numbers of trained graduates to meet the needs of the workforce, diversity must be embraced as a mission imperative. Further, empirical evidence confirms that more diverse learning environments lead to improved problem solving and critical thinking skills because students that learn in them are better able to conceptualize multiple perspectives.”
McGowan will report to Dean Jones and work closely with Christine Stanley, Vice President and Associate Provost of Texas A&M University.
Changes were also announced in top administration of Mays MBA programs, which will have two academic leaders for the first time.
Presidential-Award-Pic-March-2016-IMG_5272Finance Professor Arvind Mahajan will take the lead as associate dean for graduate programs and Accounting Associate Professor Mike Kinney will become assistant dean. Both positions begin Aug. 1.
After many years of distinguished service in various leadership roles including serving the past year as the interim associate dean for graduate programs, Bala Shetty, an information and operations management professor and holder of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Chair in Business, will return to a faculty position.
Mike KinneyMahajan, a Texas A&M faculty member since 1980, is a Texas A&M University System Regents Professor, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and Lamar Savings Professor of Finance. He has served as director of the Aggies on Wall Street Investment Banking Program and the MS (Finance) Program, and as associate director of the Center for International Business Studies and the Center for International Business Education and Research.
Kinney is a KPMG Fellow. He teaches in the MBA and Executive MBA programs and the executive development programs, and has taught in the PPA. He currently serves as coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Accounting.

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Sixteen veteran entrepreneurs from across several states spent hours last week studying and learning the ins and outs of launching their new business endeavors through Texas A&M University’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. After presenting their business plans to their peers and esteemed mentors, the participants each went home excited to begin their personal and professional passions, taking along with them the wisdom, advice and much-appreciated guidance shared with them over the eight-day residency.

In its ninth year to be hosted by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), the 2016 EBV program once again served veterans with a military service-linked disability who have started or are interested in starting their own business. The national EBV program was launched in 2007 by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and in 2008, added Texas A&M University to a consortium that now includes 10 additional universities across the nation. Each university in the consortia makes a strong commitment to support this nation’s veterans and help to guide them down the path of starting and maintaining a successful business venture.

At Texas A&M, the EBV week is filled with expert lectures, one-on-one mentoring from volunteer entrepreneurs, access to tremendous resources, a lot of food and a full dose of the Spirit of Aggieland. …Read more

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Dwight Garey ’67 has joined the Commercial Banking Program at Mays Business School as executive director. He will lead the program, which provides well-trained talent to the banking industry while introducing Texas A&M University students to outstanding career opportunities. The program combines academics and industry exposure, and every student enrolls in a summer internship.

Garey is an executive professor in the Department of Finance at Mays. He will teach banking-related courses in Commercial Credit, Enterprise Risk Management, and Sales of Financial Products and Services. In addition, as executive director, Dwight will promote the mission of the Commercial Banking Program with a focus on increasing enrollments and revenue generation.

He was involved in the formation of the Commercial Banking Program. From the beginning, he served on the Executive Council of the Banking Advisory Board, and was head of the program’s Bank Membership Committee. …Read more

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Within Mays Business School at Texas A&M University resides the highly-ranked Master of Real Estate Program—a degree that comes with a nearly perfect 100 percent job placement record, access to industry leaders and automatic induction into the Aggie Real Estate Network, an alumni group that provides graduates with professional development opportunities.

The graduate program allows students to explore a variety of concentrations within the industry while gaining the fundamental knowledge of commercial real estate.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M, Cydney C. Donnell ’81 was able to succeed in an industry she loves. Now, as director of real estate programs and an executive professor within the Department of Finance, Donnell has witnessed firsthand the booming success of the master’s program.

“Thirty-five years ago when I was a graduate, real estate in Texas was headed into a major oversupply. However, I entered the industry at a time when leaders wanted to prove that commercial real estate could be run ethically and professionally,” said Donnell. “I am so proud of the transformation of our industry and I want our students to become the new leaders of the revitalized real estate world.”

Donnell’s enthusiasm for the Master of Real Estate Program goes beyond words and sentiment. Recently, she gave $1 million to the Texas A&M Foundation to support the program’s teaching, research, service and professional development activities, with $750,000 earmarked for matching funds. She will double the value of future donations of $25,000 or more from the Cydney C. Donnell ’81 Faculty Fellowship.

Cydney FoundationAs a former member of the Texas A&M Foundation Investment Advisory Committee, Donnell has worked with the Foundation before. However, this time, she was able to ensure the future of the Master of Real Estate program within Mays and establish a lifelong legacy at Texas A&M.Two other graduates from Texas A&M—Preston Young ’02 and Malcolm Stewart ’73—are also supporting the program with major gifts.

Young, a regional managing partner for Stream Realty Partners, committed $100,000, while Stewart, chief operating officer at Camden Property Trust, established a fund with an additional $100,000 toward the program. Both gifts will be matched with a $100,000 gift from the Cydney C. Donnell ’81 Faculty Fellowship.

Originating 45 years ago in the agricultural economics department, the program has grown in size, recognition and popularity. Since then, it has migrated to the Department of Finance at Mays Business School, developed a diverse course structure, and formed an advisory board of real estate professionals.

Graduates go to work in a variety of careers, from real estate development to lending and capital markets. All leave with enhanced knowledge of finance, real estate law, economics, market analysis and negotiation.

“If Mays wants to excel and provide the best education for our students, we have to offer more: specialized degrees, program enhancements and affordable tuition,” said Donnell. “These funds allow us to enhance a student’s educational opportunities by bringing industry leaders into the classroom, sending students to attend industry events or allowing them to participate in competitions.

What everyone should understand when donating to Texas A&M University is that all funding ultimately helps bring a top-notch educational experience to our students at an affordable cost. My Texas A&M education prepared me for success in the real estate market and I hope to bring the same opportunity to these young people in our program.”

By Ashley Wagner ‘18

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More than 80 veterans with disabilities will converge on the Texas A&M, UCLA, and Syracuse University campuses in July to leverage the valued skills gained from military service and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and nine other EBV consortium schools across the country deliver the EBV Program to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities, who desire to develop the skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows participants to attend the EBV program cost-free.

Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management will both run their respective EBV programs July 16 through July 23. UCLA’s Anderson School of Management is holding its EBV program from July 9 – 17, 2016.

UntitledEBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week online instructor-led course where participants shape business plans and learn business language. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive eight-day residency at each university, learning the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership from established entrepreneurs and educators. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through EBV Technical Assistance – managed by the IVMF.

The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School has proudly hosted more than 190 veterans in the program since its launch. In a format somewhat similar to the bootcamp they know, EBV @ Texas A&M is an intense and rigorous program that forces its participants to carefully scrutinize their business concepts and complete a series of training modules designed by Texas A&M faculty to help them plan for a successful and profitable venture.

CNVE also engages a wide variety of successful entrepreneurs from throughout the community and state to mentor each student throughout the program. Through its fundraising and volunteer coordination efforts, CNVE proudly conducts its annual EBV program at no cost to its veteran participants, offering them a unique and valuable educational experience and providing their businesses a competitive advantage that many would pay substantially to receive. All EBV program expenses, textbooks, access to resources, and transportation/lodging/meal expenses are covered entirely by individual, corporate, and University sponsors.

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The participants in EBV @ Texas A&M strive to follow in the successful footsteps of their preceding graduates, like Lt. Col (ret.) Boris Robinson (Round Rock, TX), owner of T3 MultiSports. Robinson proudly leverages his EBV training, along with leadership skills he gleaned from 26 years of military service, to provide personal development and coaching services that promote fitness, healthy lifestyles and camaraderie through triathlon training for young athletes.

Shortly after graduating from EBV in 2014, T3 MultiSports was recognized with the Entrepreneurial Veteran award at the Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum. Another notable success story belongs to Abraham Negron (Spring, TX), whose company, Fidelis Solutions, aims to transform the Career Placement Services model to place more veterans and military spouses into the workplace. In less than one year since graduation in 2015, Fidelis has secured job placement partnerships with more than 17 major employers throughout the Houston area.“EBV has produced more than 1,313 graduates since 2007, of whom 68% have launched a new venture after completing the EBV program,” said Tina Kapral, Senior Director of Education and Training at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to work with UCLA and Texas A&M again to support our nation’s veterans and help them create and maintain their own small businesses.”

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Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this July, the EBV program was launched at Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded the EBV Program to ten universities throughout the U.S. In addition to Syracuse University, UCLA, and Texas A&M University, the EBV Program is also offered at the following universities:

  • College of Business at Florida State University
  • Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
  • School of Business at the University of Connecticut (UCONN)
  • J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University
  • Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University
  • Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri

For more information, please visit http://mays.tamu.edu/center-for-new-ventures-and-entrepreneurship/about-ebv-at-texas-am/.

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