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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.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

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.

Linda Perry, a senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting, recently received a 2001 Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The award recognizes Texas accounting educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as distinguish themselves through service to the accounting profession. Recipients of the annual award are selected from four categories, including community college, small, medium and large universities or colleges.

Perry, who joined the accounting faculty in 1983, has without question proven that she is an effective teacher, says Jim Benjamin, accounting department head, who nominated her for the award.

“I believe that Linda has been a highly successful teacher because she will not settle for less than the best in her own efforts and those of her students,” wrote Benjamin in the nomination letter. “She truly inspires students to their best efforts and to achieve beyond their own expectations.”

In addition to the CPA award, Perry has received several teaching awards while at A&M, including college and university-level awards from the Association of Former Students. In 1994, she received a President’s Special Citation for extraordinary commitment, service and devotion to the students of Texas A&M from the Brazos Valley chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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To give you a better understanding of who and what the Mays College really is, we’ve put together a fact sheet. From enrollment to the endowment, this breakdown provides you more insight into what makes the college great.

Mission
The Mays College
Academic Success and Rankings
Creating Leaders
Mays Centers of Excellence
Mays Faculty
State-of-the-art Facilities
Current Financial Information

KEY FACTS ABOUT THE MAYS COLLEGE

Our Mission

The mission of the Mays College of Business is to be recognized as a leading provider of lifelong business education and a creator of new business ideas and knowledge.

The Mays College

  • Since 1968 the Mays College of Business has been preparing Texas A&M students for diverse, global business careers.
  • In 1996, the College received a $15 million gift from Mr. Lowry Mays, founder and CEO of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. In recognition of this gift, the college was renamed the Lowry Mays College & Graduate School of Business.
  • The college has five academic departments: accounting, finance, information and operations management, marketing and management.
  • The college offers a full range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that are fully accredited by the AASCB – International Association for Management Education.

Academic Success and Rankings

  • Our undergraduate program is currently ranked 26th in the nation (18th among public schools) in the 2002 U.S. News & World Report survey.
  • Our MBA program is ranked among the leading programs in the world by Business Week, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Financial Times.
  • Our specialized master’s programs are the third largest in the United States, with over 500 students enrolled.

Creating Leaders

  • The college has approximately 4,900 undergraduate students and more than 800 graduate students.
  • Undergraduate students have numerous opportunities for leadership development outside the classroom through programs such as Aggies on Wall Street, Freshmen Business Initiative, the Honors and Fellows Programs and the Business Student Council.
  • The college also supports graduate students’ participation outside the classroom through such organizations as the MBA Association, the Graduate Women’s Business Network, and the Graduate International Business Society.
  • Our Executive MBA program (offered in The Woodlands, Texas) provides high-quality, graduate business education for individuals with an average of 17 years of work experience.
  • Each year the college places hundreds of students in internship positions with leading organizations in all areas of business.
  • Our undergraduate and graduate students also have opportunities to gain international experience through the Center for International Business’ study abroad programs.
  • With approximately 40,000 alumni, the Mays College has educated numerous business leaders, many of whom hold executive positions at Fortune 500 companies.
  • More than 320 business leaders are closely involved with the Mays College through their activity on college and department development councils.

Mays Centers of Excellence

  • The college has eight centers of excellence that combine curriculum development and delivery, faculty development and support, and community outreach.
  • These include: Center for Executive Development, Center for Human Resource Management, Center for International Business, Center for Entrepreneurship and New Ventures, Center for the Management of Information Systems, Center for Retailing Studies, Real Estate Center, and Reliant Energy Securitites & Commodities Trading Center.

Mays Faculty

  • The college has 72 tenured faculty, 94 tenure-track assistant professors, and more than 40 part- and full-time lecturers.
  • Our faculty are leaders in creating new business knowledge. A recent Academy of Management Journal ranked the Mays College faculty 26th in the world (16th among public schools) in terms of their research productivity.
  • Our faculty hold significant positions of influence in academic organizations, professional societies, and learned societies.

State-of-the-art Facilities

  • The college’s home in the Wehner Building provides a technologically advanced learning environment with numerous labs and networking classrooms.
  • A planned building expansion will be complete by fall 2003 and will house the college’s graduate programs and will include the Reliant Energy Securities & Commodities Trading Center.

Current Financial Information

  • Our annual operating budget for 2001-2002 is $18.7 million.
  • The current market value of the Mays College endowment is $63.5 million.
  • The Mays College currently has 20 chairs, 31 professorships, and 10 fellowships to recognize faculty excellence in teaching, research and service.
  • We also have approximately 100 scholarships, which help deserving students fund their educational pursuits in the college.

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Judging from the number of students crowding the halls of the Wehner Building, it must be time for the bi-annual Business Career Fair. Sponsored by the Business Student Council, the fair provided recruiting and networking opportunities between students and recruiters.

While the event did encourage career networking, the impact of the current economic downturn could be felt. “Most of the companies I talked to told me to come back next semester,” says Ben Scoggin, a senior finance major. “I can tell a definite difference in the recruiting process from last year. It’s still strong, but since the economy is somewhat down right now, businesses are a lot less likely to hire.”


It’s true that this year’s fair did have slightly fewer companies in attendance. Adam Hankins, Business Student Council vice president of Career Fair and senior accounting major, says the number of businesses represented dropped to 140 this fall, compared to last year’s 160-plus. Five to 10 companies also cancelled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Yet the fair still proved to be a success giving students opportunities to network with potential employers. It drew students from other A&M departments and colleges as well as from surrounding universities.

Students shouldn’t get discouraged recruiters say. Companies haven’t stopped hiring, it simply comes down to who wants the job more. “We’re just looking for personable, goal-oriented students. Their major often means far less to employers than their personal qualities and credentials,” explains one recruiter from Wells Fargo. “If students really want a job, they should just remember to be assertive. When you have this many students with a limited number of businesses, only the extremely aggressive candidates will survive.”

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Consider this: Your employer gives you a year off from your normal job responsibilities. Would you volunteer to become a hospital patient?

That’s just what Distinguished Professor of Marketing Leonard Berry is planning to do. For his sabbatical, he’ll be spending five months as a visiting scientist at the famous Mayo Clinic. For part of that time, he’ll go undercover as a “mystery patient,” to assess the quality of healthcare services provided there.

“In many ways, healthcare is America’s most important industry,” says Berry who holds the M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership. “Healthcare expenditures devour a big chunk of our nation’s GDP, and the level of health services impacts the quality of life of each of us.

Berry approached Mayo Clinic more than a year and a half ago with a proposal to conduct on-site research into their delivery of healthcare. He will study Mayo’s operations at the original clinic in Rochester, Minn., and at a second clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I thought studying the clinic would be a true growth experience for me, while offering the chance to make a real contribution to the industry,” he explains.

When Berry first arrives at the clinic, before anyone on the staff gets to know him, he’ll pose for two days as a real patient with a fictitious disease. Later, he’ll observe and interview patients, physicians and nurses.

Research at the Mayo Clinic will form a pilot for a larger empirical study on healthcare service quality, which Berry will conduct after he returns from his faculty development leave. “Of course, one of my goals is to share what I learn at the Mayo Clinic with Texas A&M’s medical school and the local medical community,” he says.

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The Mays College Fellows Program, a professional program for junior business students, is helping children in the Brazos Valley learn to read. Through their second annual golf tournament, held Sept. 24 at the Pebble Creek Country Club, the Fellows raised money for the Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) program, a project sponsored by the Bryan Independent School District.

For the past two years, the Fellows have supported a charitable organization through their Project Make a Difference program, says Sarah Gillespie, a junior accounting major and Fellows member. “We find a global issue and try to act on that locally,” she says.

With the help of corporations — such as the Big 5 accounting firms, Enron, Grant Thornton and Northwestern Mutual — who sponsor the golf tournament, the Fellows hope to raise approximately $4,000 for the HOSTS program.

The funds will help purchase new books for the program. The Fellows are also trying to work out a deal with Apple to purchase computers with the remaining funds, adds Gillespie.

“The best thing about the tournament and raising money for HOSTS is that we have the opportunity to be role models for the children,” says Gillespie. “It takes away the focus on our business careers and gives us the chance to see how fortunate we are to be getting a college education. We hope to encourage younger kids and help them see the importance of education.”

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Dr. Albert Cannella wants to develop the entrepreneurial spirit among students at Texas A&M University, and as director of the college’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), he’s in a prime position to do just that.

This fall, the center, which is part of the Department of Management, is sponsoring a Business Idea Competition. Open to all Texas A&M students, the competition aims to encourage students to think outside the box.

While many business schools host business plan competitions, Cannella believes the Business Idea Competition is more conducive for busy students. And, by opening it to the entire Texas A&M student body, students in other colleges can put their ideas to the test.

“A business idea competition would permit students to develop their business ideas without the intensive time and effort required by a business plan competition,” says Cannella. “A lot of business schools host business plan competitions, which are aimed mainly at advanced undergraduates and MBA students. I wanted to modify these ideas into a contest that regular students from across the university could enter.”

A panel of Mays faculty members and business executives will select the top 50 entries. From there, they will pick the best 20 entries, which will each receive a $1,000 prize. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1, 2002.

By working with corporate sponsors, such as Microsoft, Accenture and Neutral Posture Ergonomics, the center is also offering seminars to help students think through the process. Topics will include finding and developing a business idea; identifying customers and analyzing their needs; and analyzing competition and competitors.

Through projects such as the Business Idea Competition, the CNVE continues to reach out to the campus and business communities. Ultimately, Cannella says this will provide students greater opportunities and exposure.

“The Mays College wants to develop and market graduates who are business-savvy, technically expert professionals,” Cannella says. “CNVE can help in that process by lighting the fires of the entrepreneurial spirit in our students.”

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Tim Chester
Lecturer, Information and Operations Management

Education:
-B.A. in Political Science from University of Texas at Tyler
-M.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University
-Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University

Highlights:
A week in the life of Dr. Chester is constantly busy, to say the least. In addition to teaching business programming fundamentals, he is currently employed at A&M as a senior IT manager for application development. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the campus’ distributed applications. Dr. Chester also owns and operates his own consulting firm, E-Internet Studios, in College Station.

Outside the Classroom:
Armed with considerable experience and technological know-how, Dr. Chester is responsible for writing the Web code for students’ online class registration, which will substitute telephone registration for the spring 2002 semester.

Haiyang Li
Assistant Professor, Management

Education:
-B.A. in Economics, Renmin (People’s) University of China, 1991
-M.A. in Business Economics, Renmin (People’s) University of China, 1994
-Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Innovation, City University of Hong Kong, 1998

Highlights:
Before accepting tenure from Texas A&M, Dr. Li served as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing & International Business at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. His specialization concentrates on product innovation and business strategies of new technology ventures. Dr. Li currently teaches strategic management.

Outside the classroom:
Originally from Bejing, China, Dr. Li brings academic, as well as athletic, skill to Texas A&M. When he’s not in the classroom, Dr. Li can most likely be found playing an intense game of soccer, badminton or basketball.

Christopher O.L.H. Porter
Assistant Professor, Management

Education:
-B.A. in Psychology, Morehouse College, 1994
-M.S. in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, 1996
-Ph.D. in Business Administration, Michigan State University, 2001

Highlights:
A member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Dr. Porter has interned with the Secret Service and has worked as a consultant for the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency and the National Juvenile Detention Association. Dr. Porter teaches and conducts research on managing conflict and negotiations in organizations.

Outside the Classroom:
When he’s not teaching, researching or watching documentaries about the police force, Dr. Porter enjoys cooking, art and spending time with his son, Nicholas.


Christo Pirinsky
Assistant Professor, Finance

Education:
-B.S. in Statistics, the University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
-M.S. in Statistics, the University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
-Ph.D. in Finance, Ohio State University

Highlights:
With an impressive history of past teaching experience under his belt, including serving as an instructor at both Ohio State University and the University of Sofia, Dr. Pirinsky currently teaches investment analysis. Specializing in investments, he has published several articles and has been the recipient of several academic fellowships.

On Texas A&M:
“I really appreciate the strong traditions and well-renowned academia,” he says. “The atmosphere here at A&M is very unique because everything concentrates on the university. It’s easy to lose your identity at most large schools, but students here seem to know who they are.”



Michael Grimaila
Visiting Assistant Professor, Information & Operations Management


Education:
-B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1993
-M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
-Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1999

Highlights:
A native of Bryan-College Station, Dr. Grimaila has interned and conducted research for Texas Instruments and served as a system manager and technician for Lightwave Transmission Systems Division. He has also lectured and conducted research for Texas A&M’s Department of Electrical Engineering. In recognition of his excellence in the classroom, Dr. Grimaila has been the recipient of the IEEE/HKN Outstanding Professor of the Year Award two years in a row.

Outside the classroom:
While working as a Texas A&M Mentor, University Faculty Senator, and principal investigator for the electrical engineering department, Dr. Grimaila still finds time to contribute to the community. He serves as an active member in the College Station Police Department Alumni Association, the Brazos County Citizen Sheriffs Alumni Association, and the Bryan Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

Joe Reising
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Finance

Education:
-B.S. in Economics, University of Minnesota, 1988
-M.S. in Economics, Iowa State University, 1990
-Ph.D. in Finance, Texas A&M University, 1995

Highlights:
After teaching at California State University-Fullerton for six years, Dr. Reising says he “saw the light” and accepted a visiting professorship with Texas A&M. He currently teaches managerial finance and specializes in corporate finance and financial institutions at markets.

Outside the classroom:
Though his research interests include compensation, turnover, and legal/regulatory structure, the only type of course Dr. Reising wants to see at the end of a long week of teaching is a golf course. He also enjoys working on computers and weightlifting.


Bill Richmond
Visiting Associate Professor, Information & Operations Management


Education:
-B.A., Cornell University
-Ph.D., Purdue University

Highlights:
After working in academia for a number of years at Rochester and George Mason Universities, Dr. Richmond took a sabbatical from teaching and entered the technology industry. Through exploring a variety of career paths, including providing consulting services for Perot Systems, SAIC, and a dot com company, he gained valuable insight that’s come in useful in the classroom. Now a visiting associate professor in information and operations management, Dr. Richmond teaches e-commerce.

Outside the classroom:
Self-described as “family-oriented,” Dr. Richmond enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two daughters when the workday ends. While family is his top priority, Dr. Richmond enjoys gardening and is particularly interested in tropical flowers and palm trees.


Sancy Wu
Lecturer, Information & Operations Management


Education:
-B.A. in Literature, National Taiwan University
-M.S. in Computer Science, Texas A&M University

Highlights:
With an extensive background in technology, Professor Wu brings valuable experience to her management information systems class. She has been a senior IT manager at Texas A&M’s Computing and Information Systems for the past 12 years. Additionally, she has worked for the Texas Transportation Institute and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.

On Teaching:
“I feel I have something to contribute through my 20 plus years of experience in computers,” she says. “I can relate my real world experiences in my teaching, which can communicate more than a textbook could.”

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The Mays Graduate School of Business welcomes Class III of the Executive MBA Program. The program kicks-off with Residency Week, August 19-23, on the Texas A&M University campus. The group of 65 participants bring a wealth of experience from industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, retail and technology. These working professionals will earn a Master’s of Business Administration degree by attending classes held at the University Center in The Woodlands.

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The Mays College’s Business Student Council (BSC) had an opportunity to interact with student leaders from the Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) at the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas during a recent leadership retreat.

Sponsored by Enron Corp., the event was held at the company’s headquarters in Houston for incoming and outgoing executive officers of the two councils. The workshop covered topics ranging from fundraising to event planning and member motivation. In addition to sponsoring the core activities for the workshop, Enron also took participants to a Houston Astro’s baseball game.

The idea for the workshop was sparked at a conference the two councils attended last spring at Emory University. While several business schools were represented, the college’s BSC and McCombs’ UBC benefited most from each other.

“A&M and UT can learn from each other, and we wanted to capitalize on the ability and innovation of the top student leaders in Texas,” said Brian Essner, a senior finance major and a former BSC officer. “Enron’s support has been unbelievable and none of this would have been possible without their generosity.”

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Dr. Wendy Boswell’s research on stress was cited in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. According to Boswell, an assistant management professor, and her research colleagues at Cornell University, contrary to popular belief, not all stress is bad.

In fact, one kind, “challenge stress,” is what motivates people to do well, such as having projects, assignments and responsibilities. According to Boswell, this type of stress correlates to the things employees value like money, skills and promotions. Although the long-term effects of challenge stress aren’t known, employees still seek it out, noted Boswell in the Journal article.

While challenge stress often propels employees to perform better, “hindrance stress” often causes the opposite reaction. This type of stress is the negative junk associated with work — red tape, stalled careers and lack of job security. If faced with this type of stress for a long period of time, health problems can ensue, ranging from heart disease to immune system disorders, the article notes.

To learn more about how stress affects work performance, check out this article that ran earlier this year in Mays Business Online.

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