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Mays Business School recognizes EY as 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year

Dorian Martin, March 22nd, 2018

Mays Business School recognized global leader EY as its 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year during a day-long celebration on March 22. Corporate executives participated in an official award ceremony. They also gave presentations and led roundtable discussions with Mays undergraduate and graduate students on topics ranging from creating an engaged corporate culture, supporting employees, disruptive technology, and the professional of the future.

The Corporate Partner of the Year award honors EY’s 35-year relationship with Mays. “Some people think this award is about the money, but it’s not,” said Mays Dean Eli Jones ’82. “It’s because of EY’s significant investment of time, energy, and ideas in our school. Just having the EY brand associated with the Mays brand means a lot worldwide.”

A meaningful corporate partnership

EY has contributed $5 million to the school and recently made a $2 million commitment to name the Department of Accounting.  “EY has been the largest donor to the accounting program and one of the largest to the college,” said Jim Benjamin, the head of Mays’ Department of Accounting.

In addition, EY leaders have been active on numerous Mays advisory boards and provided feedback on curriculum and course content. The multinational professional services firm also has hired hundreds of Aggies for internships and full- time positions after graduation. “Part of the success of our program is attracting great students,” Benjamin said. “Great students are interested in programs where there are great outcomes – where there are internships, jobs and great career opportunities. Corporate partnerships like the one we have with EY have made that happen.”

A pipeline for the next generation of transformational leaders

In turn, EY executives value the characteristics that Aggies bring to the table. “When Aggies come to work with us, they are well-trained, which you’d expect,” Randy Cain ’82, EY’s vice chair and region managing partner. “But they also are transformational leaders. They are people with a work ethic that is second to none. Our purpose is to build a better working world and I often say that I cannot find a place that better matches that then Texas A&M. It’s been a wonderful 35-year journey and one that will continue forever. It is also a partnership that is very important to us.”



In today’s tight job market, Mays MBA students are keenly aware of the one the thing they must learn how to do. (And, do it well.) Network.

With the help of corporate professionals, more than 100 Mays MBA students got a chance to polish up their social skills at the Business Skills Development Conference. Sponsored by the MBA Association (MBAA), panelists provided tips on topics, such as how to work a room, networking and succeeding in your career.

According to Heath Barber, a first-year MBA student and vice president of the MBAA, having good networking and business etiquette skills are even more critical today.

“I believe more companies are placing higher importance on these skills,” he says. “It may not be that glamorous of a topic, but the conference was very helpful, especially for our international students.”

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Mays graduate student Daniel O. Reyes recently received a $5,000 scholarship given by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and the Hispanic Scholars Fund (HSF).

The Harlingen native is earning a master’s in management information systems at the Mays College and Graduate School of Business. “It’s really nice to receive an unexpected grant to finance my education, especially since I’m supporting myself in grad school,” he says.

Reyes believes he was chosen to receive the award, funded by NSHMBA and Lockheed Martin, not just because of his academic progress and leadership abilities. But also because of his commitment to community service — something he plans to continue in the future.

“I love children, and I love teaching,” Reyes explains. “For years I’ve volunteered to help in various programs that work with kids, most recently for Helping One Student to Succeed and America Reads.”

Reyes also worked for two years with the Bush office in Houston, an experience, he says, that taught him the importance of public service. “I think NSHMBA gave me this award because they view philanthropy as a cyclical process,” he says. “They’ll help me, and I’ll help future generations.”

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Lorraine Eden, associate management professor, was recently named one of the first recipients of the Bush Excellence in International Research Faculty Award.

The award program was established by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation to recognize excellence in international teaching and research. Recipients of the awards received a $2,500 gift.

An economist, Eden specifically focuses on multinational enterprises, particularly in the areas of transfer pricing and international taxation. Prior to joining the college in 1995, she was a tenured professor in the School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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For the second straight year, the Mays MBA Program was named to the Financial Times‘ 2002 ranking of the top 100 MBA programs worldwide. This is quite an accomplishment, considering the competition. The ranking only includes 56 MBA programs from the United States.

“There are approximately 2,000 MBA programs worldwide so to be included in this ranking is a definite positive for our program,” says Mays MBA Program Director Dan Robertson.

The Mays program was ranked 82nd in the overall list. Robertson admits he wants to see that improve, but is still pleased because once again the program ranks first in value. “We are aware that this year’s ranking represents a change from our ranking of 67th last year,” he says. “However, several additional points come out of this year’s ranking. For example, among U.S. state-supported programs, we rank number 24 and for this group, the Mays MBA Program ranks number one in terms of “value for the money.”

The Financial Times surveyed the class of 1998, specifically looking at their salaries three years after graduation. The ranking also places heavy emphasis on the difference between pre-MBA salaries and current compensation.

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Mays student Seth McKinney, the starting center on the Texas A&M football team, has been named a first-team Verizon Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). McKinney has already earned his bachelor’s degree in information and operations management and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in the same field of study.

McKinney, who posted a 3.73 grade point average as an undergraduate, made his 50th consecutive start at center for the Aggie football team at the recent Galleryfurniture.com Bowl. To be nominated for the honor, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career.

To read more about Seth, check out his Life Stories feature in the September issue.

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It’s probably fair to say that most doctoral students are ecstatic when they complete their dissertations. Assistant Management Professor Dr. Wendy Boswell has reason to be even more excited.

The 2000 Cornell University graduate recently received honorable mention in the Industrial Relations Research Association’s 2001 Best Dissertation Competition. Boswell’s dissertation, “Aligning Employees with the Organization’s Strategic Objectives: Out of ‘Line of Sight,’ Out of Mind,” contributes to the emerging debate regarding employee engagement with the strategic goals of the organization.

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The Texas Business Hall of Fame recently recognized second-year MBA student Dustin Stanton for his performance in the classroom. He was among 20 MBA students from across the state that received the annual scholarship award.

According to MBA Program Director Dr. Dan Robertson, it’s no surprise that Stanton was honored by the Hall of Fame. “Dustin has that rare combination that I wish all our MBA students had,” says Robertson, who nominated Stanton for the award. “He’s incredibly gifted academically, but also has the interpersonal skills and gives back to the MBA program.”

Stanton, who graduated with a bachelor’s in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State, worked at John Deere Company prior to attending the Mays College.

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Advising students, assisting with projects and events, overseeing incoming and outgoing money. Welcome to the lives of several staff members in the Mays College. Faculty and students no doubt play center stage in a university setting. But, it’s the dedicated staff members keep things running (and keep people paid).

For four Mays staff members, that’s clearly the case. The college recently recognized these women for their exemplary service at its annual staff awards.

Those honored include Holly Clark, Center for Retailing Studies; Kristi Mora, Department of Management; Claudia Orum, Center for International Business Studies; and Jody Trenckmann, Department of Marketing.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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Dr. Dan Robertson, Mays MBA Program director and marketing professor, was recently honored by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for his dedicated service to the university. He was named a 2000-2001 Regents Professor, which is among the highest honors given by the board.

Also known as Dr. Dan, Robertson joined the Mays College in 1981 and has since held numerous administrative positions both within the college and university. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate marketing courses, he has also served as faculty advisor to various student groups, including the MBA Association, Pi Sigma Epsilon and the Graduate Student Council.

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Mays students know that solving problems quickly and effectively is fundamental to success in today’s competitive marketplace. And, at the annual Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS) case competition, they put their abilities to the test.

The contest required students to solve an actual case that had been analyzed by ENFORM Technology. With only one week to develop a solution, the competing teams fine tuned their research and faced a stringent selection process judged by senior IT executives. Winners were selected from a pool of 25 undergraduate teams and five graduate teams. Each winning member received scholarships up to $400 and ExxonMobil gas cards.

The undergraduate team taking home top honors included senior information and operations management students Christine Lochte, Jennifer Boyer, Jenny Howard and Stephanie Lewis. Members of the winning graduate team were Jason Davis, Steve Schrib, Leslie Adkins and Matthew Edge.

“The case competition was a great learning experience for them and a wonderful way to expand job networking,” says CMIS Director Dr. George Fowler. “Our goal [at CMIS] is to enhance the education of students to give them great experience. I think this competition met all expectations.”

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