Mays Weekly, April 16, 2018

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Top 3 things to know:
1. Rachel Welch ’17 named Texas A&M Student Worker of the Year
2. Pie profs’ faces
3. Aggie Pitch finals approaching


Student Worker of the Year
Rachel Welch ’17, a student assistant in Mays Business School’s Office of the Dean, was chosen as the Texas A&M Student Employee of the Year out of 93 nominations from 10,000 student employees. This prestigious honor was established in 1999 by the National Student Employee Association to recognize the hard work and diligence of student workers across campus.

Prof pie-ing for a good cause
Several faculty members have volunteered to be targets in a “Pie a Prof” booth at Maysfest Wednesday to benefit MaysBuilds, the partnership between Mays and Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity. There will be food and fun at the Business Student Council-sponsored event, 10-2 outside the Wehner Building, near the West Campus Library. Come early for the best chance to see the most number of professors get pied before their afternoon classes.

Aggie Pitch finals – $50,000 in prizes
The finals for Aggie Pitch will take place on Friday (April 20) in the Memorial Student Center. RSVP. Finalists invited to the event will be evaluated and scored by a panel of prestigious entrepreneur/investor judges who volunteer with the McFerrin Center of Entrepreneurship. The event is open to the public, so come out and support your students as they compete in the final round of Aggie Pitch.

Performance review season is here
This is the first year for the performance review process to be conducted through Workday. Some important deadlines are approaching: employee goals by Monday (April 16), final review by May 31.

Graduate student recognition 
MIS doctoral student Xingzhi Jia (whose faculty advisor is Xenophon Koufteros) and MS-Finance student Scott Wilson (whose faculty advisor is Akhilesh Gaharwar) have been named Distinguished Graduate Students for 2018. They will be recognized during a ceremony on April 23 at the Association of Former Students Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center.

Mays merchandise now online
Business Student Council is offering an online sale as part of the next Mays Exchange. Order a Mays T-shirt or hat online by 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 18). Payment will be processed online, and orders will be available for delivery or pickup from Wehner 151 beginning May 2. Merchandise will still be available to purchase in Wehner at the Mays Exchange sale on April 24 and 25. Direct any questions to

Faculty achievements

  • Janet Parish (MKTG) will be recognized as Texas A&M’s University Professor of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at an award ceremony on April 18 (Wednesday) in Bethancourt Ballroom, MSC 2300 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • A paper by Korok Ray (ACCT), “A Non-Monetary Mechanism for Optimum Rate Control through Effective Cost Allocation,” has been accepted for publication at IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. The paper was co-authored by Tao Zhao and and I-Hong Hou.

April 16: SPI Lunch & Learn: Impactful Teaching & Learning
April 16: Craig Ceccanti, Pinot’s Palette
April 16: Tracy Cain, H-E-B
April 16: Michael Levy and Cynthia Maus, Crow Holdings
April 17: Craig Ceccanti, Pinot’s Palette
April 17: Pi Sigma Epsilon
April 18: Houston Information Session – Executive and Professional MBA
April 18: Maysfest
April 18: Application Deadline for M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar Program
April 18: Kelly Richmond Pope, DePaul University
April 20: Clay Riebe – MRE Speaker Series
April 20: Aggie Pitch

Leonard Berry (MKTG), NPR – WOSU Public Media – at the 18:23 mark, April 11, 2018, “Wellness Wednesday: How To Start Exercising, Acts of Kindness.”

Leonard Berry (MKTG), The Washington Post, April 10, 2018, “6 ways to care for cancer patients with kindness.”

K. Sue Redman, Smartsheet, April 13, 2018, “The Savvy Professional’s Guide: How to Build Good Corporate Governance.”

Leonard Berry (MKTG), Surviving Mesothelioma, April 9, 2018, “Mesothelioma Patients Mays Benefit From Kindness, Study Reveals.” Also in Medical Health News.

Leonard Berry (MKTG), Tech Times, April 9, 2018, “Kindness and Compassion Help Cancer Patients Speed Up Healing Process, Reduce Pain: Review.” Also in Medical Health News and Sada El Balad.

Michael Shaub (ACCT), True Viral News, April 7, 2018, “How Did the Big Four Auditors get $17 Billion in Revenue Growth? Not From Auditing.”

Real Estate Center, Connect Media CRE, April 9, 2018, “Low Inventory Impacting Home Sales.”

REC, The Dallas Morning News, April 11, 2018, “D-FW’s median home sales price reaches new high at $260,000.

REC, Better Homes and Gardens, April 10, 2018, “First Quarter 2018 Single-Family Home Sales UP 3%.”

Mays Business School, The North American Shale Online, April 10, 2018, “Study: Oilfield customer satisfaction could equal billions.

Mathew Walther ’20, (Business Honors), Texas A&M The Battalion, April 12, 2018, “71st Student Senate elects committee chairs.

Mays Business School, Bryan-College Station Eagle, April 13, 2018, “Family Weekend offers host of Aggie events.”

Scott Wilson & Akhilesh Gaharwar (FINC); Xingzhi Jia & Xenophon Koufteros (INFO), Texas A&M Today, April 12, 2018, “Texas A&M To Honor 16 Distinguished Graduate Students On April 23.

Anand Sridharan ’18 (INFO), Bryan-College Station Eagle, April 12, 2018, “Tie a Turban Day brings awareness on Sikhism and the turban.

Mays Business School, KBTX, April 12, 2018, “Classroom Champion – Josiah Green.

Jason Thomas, The Battalion, April 12, 2018, “Traveling ring demonstrates the power of the Aggie Spirit.”

Jim Gaines, REC, The Housing Bubble, April 13, 2018, “A Scarcity Of Buyers Amid A Mountain Of Unsold Homes.

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