Each semester, the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) hosts 15-20 industry leaders for the Executive Professor Speaker Series, designed to connect retail students with working professionals as guest lecturers.

“Visiting executives share their personal experiences with students and promote career opportunities within their companies,” said Lauren Osborne ’05, program manager.

“Hearing first-hand from our speakers is the highest-rated learning experiences by our students as they incorporate what they learn from their coursework.”

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Categories: Center for Retailing Studies, Centers, Executive Speakers, Featured Stories, Former Students, Mays Business, Students, Texas A&M

A group of Mays Business School students attended the annual New York City Market Tour, which the Center for Retailing Studies hosts, immersing students in business tours and dynamic cultural experiences they cannot get in Central Texas.

Open to the M.B. Zale Leadership Scholars and members of the Student Retailing Association, this one-of-a-kind spring break travel opportunity provides students aspiring to careers in retail a behind-the-scenes look at some of the world’s greatest brands and retail flagship stores in Manhattan.

“In preparation, I thought about all the different versions of the city that I had seen from sitcoms and movies and had high expectations going in,” said Allison McGraw ’19. “New York blew my expectations out of the park!”

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Categories: Center for Retailing Studies, Centers, Featured Stories, Former Students, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

By Jeana Guillory

Mays Business School recognized 24 graduates on May 10 with the Martha Loudder Medal of Excellence. Named for Mays Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Accounting Professor Marty Loudder, the medal recognizes students who intentionally engage in their educations in and out of the classroom, and who engage in the reflective portfolio process to maximize their learning.

To be eligible for the medal, students first participate in a minimum of three high-impact experiences such as a peer educator position, an internship, or a learning community. Each student then completes a comprehensive learning portfolio, which includes self-awareness exercises and reflections on key experiences like those above.

The portfolio is showcased on a personal website, and serves as the final selection criterion for the Loudder Medal. Reviewers look for comprehensiveness, depth, and clear connections among stories, lessons learned, and future goals. Loudder Medal honoree Coryne Levine ’17 summarized it well: “Your portfolio is meant to be a reflection of who you are as a person and how you have grown throughout your undergraduate experience.”

Thinking about the reflective learning portfolio, Loudder Medal recipients Alejandra Motta ’16 and Jacquelinne Tobar ’17 agree. “It was one of the most rewarding processes I have ever been through,” says Tobar. Motta also emphasizes the process: “Creating a portfolio is about the process. The [website] product is a tool; the process is what translates into your everyday life. Absolutely DO IT!”

Established in 2012, the Medal of Excellence was formally named for Loudder in 2015. In her role as associate dean, Loudder has been a pioneer and advocate for programs like the Freshman Business Initiative, social impact programs, and international experiences. Though Loudder says it is an honor to have her name on the award, she considers it a higher honor to have her name associated with the names of the students who receive it. The 2017 recipients are:

  • Christina Chan
  • Rachel Claggett
  • Courtney Cotter
  • Arianne Couch
  • Kelsey Crump
  • Jourdan Escobar
  • Adrian Gobeli
  • Rachel Gonzales
  • Coryne Levine
  • Josey Logan
  • Logan McDivitt
  • Hope Miller
  • Alejandra Motta
  • Samantha Noonan
  • William Patterson
  • Abigail Roberts
  • Sarah Rosas
  • Carolina Solis
  • Sarah Stroup
  • Catherine Tan
  • Jacquelinne Tobar
  • Shivam Vakil
  • Benjamin Wegendt
  • Luke Wheeler

 

Categories: Centers, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

Some Mays MBA graduates answer the question: “How has your MBA program help you see new opportunities and achieve your career goals?” 

The Mays Executive and Professional MBA Programs are held in Mays’ Houston CityCentre complex.

The Executive MBA Program is ranked in Financial Times (2016): 1st public in Texas, 1st in salaries among Texas public schools, 1st in work experience among Texas public schools,  8th U.S. public and 19th in U.S. overall. The Professional MBA Program is a rigorous 22-month program designed for working professionals who want to immediately apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to their jobs.

Mays also offers a Full-Time MBA program at the Texas A&M University’s main campus in College Station.

Executive MBA, Class of 2017

Kayvan Zarea, Development Partner, Hanover Company

“The Mays MBA program was a highly transformative journey on both personal and professional levels. I expected professional growth but was surprised by the personal growth. I learned things about myself that no one can take away from me. Disaster City was a very insightful experience in which all of your strengths and weaknesses are immediately exposed for you and your team to analyze. It was instrumental in identifying strengths that I was unaware of, and quickly highlighted weaknesses that need further development.”

 

Steve Upshaw, CEO, Crosscountry Home Services

“The Mays Executive MBA program has made me a more effective CEO and puts me on a different trajectory of what I can achieve in the future. I cannot think of any decision in life that was better than choosing this program. Choosing A&M lets me be a third-generation Aggie.”

 

 

 

Ronny Jimenez, Assistant General Manager, Walmart

“The Texas A&M Executive MBA has given me the tools I need to become a transformational leader. I have been able to develop a global and strategic understanding of how data processes, economic and finance and government work together to enhance and optimize the purpose of a business entity. The trip to Washington, D.C., gave me a grasp of regulations, legislation at corporate and governmental levels, and has helped me to understand why and how decisions are made at the corporate level and why companies decide to work with the government to better society.”

 

Chad Cannon, Analyst, BHP Billiton

“The Mays MBA has been a rewarding experience and the time has been well spent. You have to step out of your comfort zone.”

 

 

 

 

Patti Miller, Vice President-Business Development, E.E.Reed Construction

“This program has opened up my eyes to business aspects that I did not know existed. I understand our company more holistically and I am not pigeon-holed in my own silo. The capstone project made me realize that I did not have the skills before the program to understand my company. I now understand how to read data and analyze. I am more well-rounded. I now have a voice, an educated perspective. I also made lifelong friends and mentors in my cohort. I always have somewhere to go with a problem. I can pick who I can go to because of the diversity of the cohort.”

Indrani Ghosh, Product Manager, United Airlines

“From the Executive MBA program, I gained more than tools; I gained an understanding of what I am capable of. The program challenges you and pushes you beyond your limits. I learned that I can do anything I focus on. I learned my own capabilities and where I fit into the big picture. It’s now more clear to me what I want to do in life.”

 

 

Professional MBA, Class of 2017

 

Candice Henderson, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

“I’m the first person in my family to get an MBA. I originally came from a meteorology background, but I’ve been able to immediately use the business acumen I’ve learned in both my personal and professional lives. What sounded like a foreign language before is now part of my business vernacular; now I can hold my own in business conversations and use the knowledge I’ve gained in both my personal and professional lives.”

 

 

Kimberly CucciaFinancial Analyst, Chevron

“In working on four to five teams throughout the program, I’ve learned how to work with different personalities. Ultimately, my goal in life is to be in a leadership position where I can positively influence others, and I believe that strong leaders understand how to relate to other people. I’ve also been able to take a technical approach to the lessons I’ve learned; there are things I have taken from class one weekend, and I’ve used them at work the next.”  

Categories: Featured Stories, Former Students, Mays Business, MBA, News, Programs, Students, Texas A&M

 

By Monika Blackwell, Texas A&M Foundation
The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees on Thursday recognized Alice and Erle Nye ’59, Susanne and Melbern Glasscock ’59, and Kay ’02 and Jerry Cox ’72 as recipients of the Sterling C. Evans Medal. The award is the Foundation’s highest honor.

Collectively, these couples have donated millions of dollars to scholarships, student development, faculty support, sports programs and academic innovation. They have also devoted their time to committees and boards that have shaped the recent course of Texas A&M University, ensuring its place in the top tier of national universities.
Recipients of the Evans Medal support Texas A&M through demonstrated philanthropy, volunteerism and leadership. Their devotion to Texas A&M and desire to motivate others to strengthen the university encapsulate the spirit of the medal’s namesake, Sterling C. Evans, who was a visionary among Aggie philanthropists.

For nearly two decades, the Foundation’s trustees have selected annual recipients of the award. To be selected, recipients must demonstrate a long-term commitment to Texas A&M.

“The three couples selected this year for this prestigious honor have each earned a seat at the table through their incredible generosity and selfless service to advancing Texas A&M,” said Bill Toler, chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees. “This university is very lucky to have such passionate advocates as the Nyes, the Glasscocks and the Coxes.”

For a full list of recipients, visit txamfoundation.com/EvansMedal.

Alice and Erle Nye.

Alice and Erle Nye.

Alice and Erle Nye ’59
The love Alice and Erle feel for Texas A&M was passed down by their fathers, who were both Aggie veterinarians.

“Our parents were friends, so we’ve known each other a long time,” said Alice.

While Alice attended North Texas University for her teaching degree, Erle earned a Texas A&M degree in electrical engineering and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

After receiving his education, Erle began an illustrious career in energy and utilities. In 2004, he retired as CEO of TXU Corp., the state’s largest publicly held utility company, and now serves as its chairman emeritus.

“I know I didn’t get here by myself. I know people helped me. If you see a turtle sitting on a fencepost, you know that turtle didn’t get up there by himself,” he said.

In recognition of Texas A&M’s role in his life, the Dallas-based Nyes began to give back to the university financially and with their time. Erle has served on a host of boards and committees, including the 12th Man Foundation Champions Council, the College of Engineering’s Advisory Council and the Corps of Cadets Development Committee. For 12 years, he also served as a regent for the university system. The couple has funded scholarships and contributed to building funds, such as the renovation of the Memorial Student Center.

In 2005, the Nyes created the Erle Nye ’59 Chair for Engineering Excellence in the College of Engineering. At $2 million, the endowment is one of the college’s largest for faculty.

The achievement that means the most to them, however, is the Alice and Erle Nye ’59 Academic Center, part of the Bright Football Complex. The 24-hour academic center provides tutors, learning labs, study areas and laptops for more than 600 student athletes on campus.

“People say we’re generous, but I say we’re just paying a debt,” Erle said. “I clearly benefited from a great education, and my experience at Texas A&M affected me and my family more profoundly than I can say. I feel we owe the university more than we can ever pay.”

Susanne and Melbern Glasscock.

Susanne and Melbern Glasscock.

Susanne and Melbern Glasscock ’59
As a recipient of a scholarship while at Texas A&M, Mel Glasscock understood first-hand how it felt to have someone else’s generosity influence his education. Because of this, the Glasscocks have focused on funding scholarships for students who are the first in their families to attend college, like Mel.

After serving in the Air Force, Mel began a career in the oil industry and eventually founded Texas Aromatics LP, a petrochemical marketing firm. He also served on the 12th Man Foundation Champions Council, the One Spirit One Vision campaign executive committee and the board of trustees for the Texas A&M Foundation

Because of the Houston couple’s interest in the humanities, they established the Melbern C. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M, which awards grants and fellowships in the humanities and sponsors lecture series and other events. The Glasscocks believe the humanities are particularly important for engineering and science majors. They also created the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, awarded annually to a U.S. faculty member who publishes a scholarly work in the humanities.

“The humanities lead us to think about why, not just the how,” said Susie. “Humanities make us human.”

The couple’s most recent gift to the university is the Texas A&M Foundation Trustees’ Outstanding Student Award. As he was finishing his term as a trustee for the Foundation, Mel created a fund that allows the trustees to annually award a graduating senior $2,500 as a boost for their next phase of life. Recipients are primarily judged on their achievements, but must have overcome personal or family financial challenges.

“Our lives have shown how education can set someone on a journey of friendship and achievement,” said Mel.

Kay ’02 and Jerry Cox

Kay ’02 and Jerry Cox

Kay ’02 and Jerry Cox ’72
Jerry Cox, former president of Cox & Perkins Exploration Inc., earned a bachelor’s in finance, following in the footsteps of his father Truman ’44, who played football at Texas A&M. When Kay attended Texas A&M for an advanced degree, she was driven by a family tradition and a powerful dream.

“Pure and simple, I wanted an Aggie ring,” she exclaimed. “I had always wanted to be an ‘official’ member of the Aggie family, and now I have that ’02 after my name. As an added benefit, I received the best master of science degree in educational psychology there is.”

As Jerry built his career—first as a financial analyst in New York and later as the founder and president of his own company, Cox & Perkins Exploration Inc.—the couple has faithfully given back to Texas A&M. Jerry is a past president of the 12th Man Foundation, a former co-chairman of the One Spirit One Vision campaign executive committee and a former trustee of the Texas A&M Foundation.

Jerry has also given support and counsel in searches for top administrative positions, from university president to head football coach. In addition, he is proud of his involvement with Breakaway, a non-denominational weekly Bible study group on Texas A&M’s campus.

While the Coxes’ efforts at Texas A&M have been broad, much of their impact can be seen at Mays Business School, where they have contributed generously and served countless volunteer hours. A fund to support the Business Honors Program gave a huge leg up to students in the program, and one of Mays’ buildings bears their name: The Jerry and Kay Cox Hall. Acknowledging the importance of strong faculty, the Houston couple also created the Jerry and Kay Cox Endowed Chair in the business school. He also serves on the Mays Dean’s Advisory Board.

“We don’t just want to move up in the rankings. We want to impact the business community,” said Jerry. “It’s not enough to just be successful in the business world. As Aggies, it’s not only our knowledge, but also our values and integrity that set us apart.”

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Categories: Alumni, Donors Corner, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Texas A&M

The Strategic Philanthropy class at Mays awarded $100,000 to nonprofits — double what was given the first year. Students gave gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eight nonprofits at a celebration on May 3.

Kyle Gammenthaler, lecturer and Coordinator of Social Impact Initiatives at Mays, described at the event in Wehner 113 (Ray Auditorium) the various ways philanthropy can be put into action: “We happened to give away $100,000 tonight, but your time and talents are often equally, if not more, valuable. My hope is that this experience has given you the confidence to find your place within the nonprofit community and take a step towards having an impact in your community.”

Ths year’s recipients were:

  • Northway Farms
  • Rebuilding BCS
  • Children’s Relief International (International
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Still Creek Ranch
  • Adera Foundation (International)
  • Arts Council of the Brazos Valley
  • Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley

Additional photos and a blog are available.

 

Categories: Dean Eli Jones, Featured Stories, Mays Business, News, Students, Texas A&M

By Sophia Mora

On Friday, April 28, Texas A&M University held a grand opening event for a new entrepreneurship program – Blackstone LaunchPad – with tours of their studio space and the unveiling of their mobile office space.

During the event, remarks were made by Mays Business School Dean Eli Jones, Blackstone LaunchPad at Texas A&M Director Don Lewis, Blackstone LaunchPad Global Director Alisha Slye, and Blake Teipel of Essentium Materials.

Student entrepreneurs spoke about their journeys through entrepreneurship thus far and their excitement to have Blackstone LaunchPad as another entrepreneurial touchpoint on campus. The program showcased the Blackstone LaunchPad studio space in the Koldus building (Suite 105), a permanent location to conduct meetings and mentorship sessions, and a mobile kiosk, which is a traveling office used to increase the accessibility of entrepreneurship on campus.

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Categories: Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Centers, Dean Eli Jones, Departments, Entrepreneurship, Mays Business, News, Programs, Students, Texas A&M

Mays recognized faculty, staff, and Ph.D. students at the May 2 Faculty/Staff meeting.

Staff STAR Performer Awards: Valerie Brown (MS-HRM), Angela Catlin (DEAN’S), Shannon Deer (MBA), Pam Harper (FINC), Courtney Hranicky (CED), Molly Painter (MAYS Communications), Chris Potter (ACCT), Tyson Reddic (MAYS IT) and Donna Shumaker (INFO)

The Association of Former Students 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards: Henry Musoma (CIBS) for Student Relations, Veronica Stilley (INFO) for Staff, Wendy Boswell (MGMT) for Research, and Connie Weaver (ACCT) for Teaching

President’s Award for Academic Advising: Casey Kyllonen (PPA)

– Promotion and Tenure, Full Professor with Tenure: Haipeng (Allen) Chen (MKTG) and Subodha Kumar (INFO) …Read more

Categories: Dean Eli Jones, Faculty, Mays Business, News, Staff, Texas A&M

The Raymond Ideas Challenge is a full-day business concept competition for all undergraduate and graduate students to help turn their idea, technology or prototype dream into the next product or service that will change the world. The Texas A&M University-wide Challenge invites all majors, ideas, and interests to apply.

For the second consecutive year, the Raymond Ideas Challenge also invited the winner of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus’ BUC Days Ideas Challenge to compete alongside their Aggie peers. Students were encouraged throughout March and April to attend several workshops that would assist in perfecting their big idea submissions through mentoring and guidance. Students were able to begin executing the initial steps involved in developing an idea and seeing it through to fruition.

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Categories: Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Centers, Departments, Entrepreneurship, Mays Business, News, Programs, Students, Texas A&M