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Mays professor Henry Musoma and student Ashton Robinson featured on “Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Kelli Levey Reynolds, September 21st, 2017

Ellen DeGeneres has joined the club – she is smitten with Emmett Robinson. The 10-month-old charmer is the son of single mother and Texas A&M junior Ashton Robison, who stirred a whirlwind of social media attention with her Facebook post two weeks ago. She thanked her professor at Mays Business School, Henry Musoma, for inviting her to bring Emmett to class when she didn’t have a babysitter.

The three of them were invited to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which aired Thursday (Sept. 21).

Musoma, a clinical assistant professor at Mays, teaches “Ethical Decision Making and Conduct” at Mays and “International Leadership” at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is also assistant director of the Mays Center for International Business Studies.

To recognize Musoma for his selfless service, Dean Eli Jones gave him the first Mays Business School Spirit Award on Sept. 14 after surprising Musoma in his classroom.

“One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Mays Business School is having a community that’s connected, a community that’s caring. That’s all part of our Strategic Plan,” Jones said. “But he’s not doing it for the Strategic Plan. He’s not doing it because of our culture, necessarily. He’s doing it because this is who he is.”

Mays Business School steps up to advance the world’s prosperity. Its mission is to be a vibrant learning organization that creates impactful knowledge and develops transformational leaders. Mays Business School educates more than 6,200 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its programs and for faculty research.


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, business, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

The college recently received three departmental grants thanks to the Shell Oil Company Foundation. The grants, which total $16,500, were awarded to the Department of Accounting and the Department of Information and Operations Management to support teaching and research.

According to Dr. Jim Benjamin, head of accounting, the department uses grants for a variety of purposes, including funding student organizations, scholarships, faculty development and recruitment, acquiring library materials and computer hardware and software.

In a time when state funding is tight, Benjamin says grants such as the ones awarded by Shell are greatly appreciated. “State funds provide the basics, but grants are very helpful in supporting our students and faculty,” he says. “It’s grants like these that help us go beyond the basics and create margins for excellence.”

Categories: Departments, Faculty

Two of the 36 individual Fish Camps to be held this summer will honor two Mays College staff members.  Dr. Clair Nixon, associate dean and accounting professor, and Dr. Linda Windle, assistant director of undergraduate programs, have been selected namesakes for Fish Camp ’01. Each year students nominate faculty, staff and administrators to be namesakes for one of the individual camps held over six sessions throughout the month of August.

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Mays business students recently had the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s top retailers during the first annual Retailing Career Fair.

Hosted by the Retailing Society, the fair familiarized students with role retail plays within different industries, as well as provided both employment and internship opportunities. More than 30 retail companies participated this year, including companies such as Neiman Marcus, IKEA, Albertson’s and Barnes & Noble.

Unlike the bi-annual Business Career Fair, which includes anywhere from 120 to 150 companies, the Retailing Career Fair provided more personal interaction between recruiters and students

“The Retailing Career Fair is separate from the Business Career Fair because it narrows the field to those students and companies who are more interested in the retail side of business,” says Robyn Bairrington, president of the Retailing Society and a senior marketing major. “It’s a good way for students to find internships or permanent placement. But, the fair isn’t restricted to business majors only.”

In addition to the fair, the Retailing Society planned a College Relations Night, including an introduction to the history and traditions of Texas A&M as well as a “mini-Fish Camp,” to familiarize companies with potential applicants.

This first-ever event provided companies and students with new knowledge. “I got my feet wet and learned how to talk to companies,” says Katie Campbell, a senior management major. “I think the fair has really helped me in terms of interviewing skills and helping me learn about all the jobs in retail that are available.”

Categories: Departments, Programs, Students

George Fowler, professor of information and operations system management, has been named director for the Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS). Fowler, who received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from A&M, has held previous administrative positions, including coordinator of student affairs for CMIS and coordinator of the department’s internship program.

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The college recently lost its long-time friend Foreman Rush (F.R.) Bennett. An Aggie to the core, Bennett graduated from A&M in 1927 with a BBA and headed straight to Chicago for graduate school a year later.

He was a highly successful businessman, owning an insurance business in Dallas until he retired in 1970. Even in his 90s, he daily analyzed his investments, says his long-time friend Dr. Malcolm Richards, finance professor and director of the Texas Real Estate Center. “F.R. had a great sense of humor and incredible business insight,” he says.

Yet his business career came second to his love of his family, fishing and Texas A&M. Bennett was one of the college’s biggest champions, creating eight endowed scholarships and four chairs. Yet, Richards says Bennett expected nothing in return.

“He just adopted Texas A&M as his family and wanted to give back to his family,” says Richards. “A large number of students has benefited from the scholarships he established. His impact on the college and Texas A&M will be felt for years to come.”

Categories: Departments, Former Students

Tossing horseshoes is usually a hobby reserved for Saturday picnics and lazy afternoons. But, it has become a pastime two former students in the college’s Business Fellows Program won’t soon forget.

Adam Hutzell, an ’02 accounting graduate, and Josh Pierce, an ’01 finance graduate, paired up late last fall to compete in the first annual George H. Bush horseshoe pitching competition.

After losing in the first round, the Fellows pair came back to advance to the finals. But, the next opponent wouldn’t be as easy — going up against the former president and his grandson.

“We played our hardest, but they totally demolished us in the first round,” says Hutzell. “It was close in the second round, but they were definitely better than us.”

While pitching horseshoes, Hutzell had the opportunity to find out Bush’s strategy. “President Bush told us that when he was in office, he had horseshoe pits built behind the White House because he enjoyed playing so much,” says Hutzell. “But when Bill Clinton became president, he had them torn down. Now, George Bush Jr. is having the pits rebuilt again.”

Even though Hutzell and Pierce walked away from the tournament without the first-place trophy, Hutzell says the experience is one of his most memorable at Texas A&M.

“It was a lot of fun,” he says. “I was able to have very personal interaction with a former president, which most people can’t say they have ever done. If I had gone to college anywhere besides A&M, I might not have ever had this experience.”

Categories: Departments, Programs, Students

Mays students were among the selected winners in the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship’s (CNVE) second annual Business Idea Competition. More than 160 ideas were submitted this year, with the top 20 ideas each receiving a $1,000 prize.

Undergraduates Philip Blakeman, Derek Franks, Jennie Warthan and Eric Wilson submitted winning entries, as well as MBA students Benjamin Cosby, Steven Dickson, William Nixon, Jay Rege, Lance Smith, Romney Stewart and Bryan Wright.

According to CNVE Director Bert Cannella, the contest allows students from all majors to enter their ideas for new businesses. Entries can be based on anything from hobbies to university research, and students can enter individually or as a group. This year, the contest awarded a $200 bonus for winning ideas that incorporated technologies that could be licensed by the Texas A&M University System. Six entries qualified for the additional prize this year.

“We are really excited by the commitment and dedication put into all of these ideas,” says Cannella, a management professor and Mays Faculty Fellow.

Categories: Centers, Faculty, Programs, Students

Acknowledging his numerous contributions to the college, Dr. Benito Flores, professor of information and operations management and assistant department head, has been designated the Tenneco Professor in Business. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Flores taught at several institutions, including Indiana University, the University of Monterrey and Stanford University. He has published numerous articles and papers in leading industry journals, as well as served on several editorial review boards.

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The college recently launched a new Web site for high school and transfer students interested in attending Texas A&M. But, don’t expect any dull academic jargon here. It’s geared with an 18-year-old in mind.

It provides college and A&M entrance information, the lowdown on financial aid and tips for how to wade through the admissions process. Check it out at: http://business.tamu.edu/bizaggie.

Categories: Perspectives, Students

Certainly not every marketing student will end up owning a high-class department store like Neiman-Marcus, but at the Mays College he or she at least has the chance to think like a marketing entrepreneur.

Mays students will have the opportunity this spring to compete in the Stanley Marcus Retailing Communications Competition, which gives them the opportunity to generate solutions to businesses’ real-life problems.

Essentially, students choose a local retail business and try to come up with changes in strategy that would improve the operation, says marketing professor Larry Gresham. Then they will spend time with the business owner, observing how the company runs and conducting primary research.

“The primary objective of the project is to provide students with a first-hand look at the problems and opportunities faced by retailing organizations in a competitive and rapidly changing environment,” Gresham says.

Sponsored by Neiman-Marcus and administered by the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS), the competition is open to students enrolled in Marketing 325, an upper-division retailing course. The teams who are selected as finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges, including representatives from the CRS and its student committee, as well as local merchants and representatives from Neiman-Marcus.

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