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MS Business students donate more than $18,000 in profit to local charities

Mays Business School, December 11th, 2017


By Kristopher Muir, Clinical Assistant Professor

Imagine you’re a Mays graduate student and you just got out of class. In addition to walking to the library, you’re checking voicemails on your phone related to your team’s startup company. In addition to looking at social media to see what your friends are up to, you’re checking your company’s social media page for analytics. During your coffee break, you’re huddling with your CFO, CEO, and other team members in order to solve the latest crisis: your supplier has canceled your order. What do you do? If you can imagine any of these scenarios, you might be a Master of Science (MS) in Business student.

In its second year, the MS Business program is the newest graduate program offered at Mays Business School. MS Business is a 36-hour, 11-month general business graduate degree offered to students who do not have a business undergraduate education.

Mays Business School students have spent this semester “learning business by doing business” through the integrated business experience (IBE) course, designed to teach MS Business students how to start and run their own business in only one semester. In only its second year, the four student-run companies earned a collective profit of $18,352 that they were able to donate to local charities in addition to the 229 service hours. These numbers serve to validate that the MS Business program aligns with both the Mays vision of advancing the world’s prosperity and the Mays Grand Challenge of Entrepreneurship. …Read more

Associate management professor Lorraine Eden was recently named a University Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M. The designation is offered to a select number of individuals throughout the university after a highly competitive selection process.

Eden joined the college in 1995 and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in international business.

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Dr. Rajan Varadarajan, marketing professor and department head, was recently named a Distinguished Fellow by the Academy of Marketing Science.

This is quite an accomplishment, considering no more than 3 percent of all active members of the academy can receive this designation. Varadarajan is one of only two individuals to receive the designation this year.

Varadarajan has become a leading researcher in e-commerce and marketing strategy.

In fact, last month he received the American Marketing Association’s Harold H. Maynard Award, which recognizes the most noteworthy article published in the Journal of Marketing.

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When the Business Fellows program recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary, it was cause for a true fiesta. Since its inception, the program has prepared hundreds of business students for their careers, helping them develop leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

Featuring a live mariachi band and a Mexican food buffet, the reunion provided former Fellows the chance to reflect on the past and share experiences and advice with current Mays students.

“Fellows recognizes its anniversary every year, but this one is especially important because it’s the twentieth anniversary,” says Matt Swallow, a junior finance major who helped organize the event. “The reunion is a great networking opportunity and gives former Fellows a chance to see how much the program has changed. But our main focus is just to make sure everyone is having a great time.”

Yet for many former students, interacting with other classes was a large part of the reunion’s success. Audrey Burch, a class of ’93 marketing major, says she was impressed to find the same type of people she remembered from her Fellows experience.

“Even though A&M’s campus is so much different than when I was in school, the people never seem to change,” Burch explains. “Fellows taught me many lessons that I was able to use later on, and I don’t think that part of the program has changed.”

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The Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) recently awarded information and operations management professor Benito Flores the designation of Fellow.

DSI, an international organization dedicated to business research and education, named Flores as one of three U.S. Fellows in light of his research in the areas of forecasting and international operations management with particular emphasis on Mexico.

Flores, who has served as DSI’s secretary, program co-chair and track chair for forecasting has submitted research to DSI since joining in 1983. The professor was nominated for the designation by another DSI member and says the honor is both appreciated and motivating.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized,” he says. “And, it provides an incentive to continue to improve whatever research or work I do for DSI.”

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A core issue brought about by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks centers around trade, particularly with our neighbors to the north and south. How do we encourage trade with Canada and Mexico while keeping terrorists and other unwanted evils out?

That issue was recently addressed by a panel of experts on international trade and intelligence. Canadian Counsel General Allen Poole, Canadian Counsel Peter Price and Dr. James Olson, senior lecturer and CIA officer in residence at the Texas A&M Bush School, spoke to Mays undergrads in management professor Lorraine Eden’s International Environment of Business course.

“The immediate impact of September 11 was devastating,” says Poole, whose career has been devoted to international trade and investment. “I believe we have to deal with the security dimension, such as keeping out illegal activity and terrorists, without throwing business interaction and trade out the window.”

Olson agrees that encouraging trade and keeping the borders safe should be of top concern. But the U.S. government shouldn’t overlook the important of in-country security, he adds.

“We have to improve intelligence in the United States and toughen our procedures to let people stay and visit,” Olson says. “We can’t pick on the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders as a culprit of terrorism because we shouldn’t slow down or stop our rich trade with them. “

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Texas A&M students are already making preparations to welcome next year’s crop of new faces. Each year, students nominate faculty and staff to serve as namesakes for Fish Camp. The camp is held throughout August to give new students a taste of what life’s like as an Aggie.

Several Mays faculty have been awarded the honor of being a camp namesake this year. Fish Camp namesakes include: Marty Loudder, Department of Accounting; George Fowler and Mike Hnatt, Department of Information and Operations Management; Paul Busch and Duane DeWald, Department of Marketing; and Jing Zhou, Department of Management.

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When the Texas Public Relations Association named its Best of Texas winners at its annual awards ceremony recently in Austin, the Real Estate Center (REC) took away two top awards.

The center’s quarterly magazine Tierra Grande received a Bronze Best of Texas award in the external magazine category. Tierra Grande is sent to all 100,000 Texas real estate licensees.

The REC’s video on “Affordable Housing: The Crisis in Texas” also received a Bronze Best of Texas award in the special audiovisual project category. Earlier this year, the video received a finalist award from the New York Festivals’ international film, video and television competition.

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Marketing Professor Paul Busch will spend the summer learning first-hand the intricacies and realities of the industrial workplace.

Busch was selected to the highly competitive A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellowship at Boeing Co., which gives nine faculty members from around the country the opportunity to learn from industry engineers and professionals at Boeing’s offices in Seattle, Washington.

The goal of the eight-week program is to give the fellows a solid understanding of the issues in the industry, so they can incorporate those issues into their classroom curricula. The fellows will be exposed to issues such as the true meaning of being customer driven, the business realities of a global marketplace, using cycle time, cost and quality as measures, teamwork, and the role of people skills in engineering.

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Mays Executive MBA students who usually spend their time learning to build successful businesses tried their hand at building homes, assisting in the construction of eight Habitat for Humanity homes in the Tomball area. Hosted by the Northwest Harris County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the building blitz focused on the eight homes already in various stages of completion and are part of a planned 20-plus home project.

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Two of the nation’s top executives will be honored this month at two of the college’s most notable spring events.

Colleen Barrett, president and chief operating officer of Southwest Airlines, has been named this year’s Kupfer Distinguished Executive. The cornerstone of Southwest’s fun-loving culture, Barrett will receive the award and speak to Mays students on Wednesday, April 10.

Retailing guru Marvin Girouard ’61, chairman and chief executive officer of Pier 1 Imports, will also be honored, as he will present the fifth annual M.B. Zale Visionary Merchant Lecture. Sponsored by the college’s Center for Retailing Studies, Girouard will speak Monday, April 15.

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