Dr. Linda Windle, assistant director of Mays’ Undergraduate Program Office, was recently honored as an inaugural recipient of the Texas A&M President’s Award for Academic Advising for her commitment to student success.

The award, which includes a $2,000 cash prize, recognizes recipients’ individual achievements and demonstrates the university’s appreciation for the hundreds of academic advisers who serve Texas A&M’s approximately 45,000 students.

Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates presented the award to Windle and the four other recipients at a ceremony held in conjunction with the University Advisers and Counselors Symposium, an annual one-day conference of academic advisers from Texas A&M and other universities.

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A co-authored article by Marketing Professor Jeff Conant has been honored as the 2003 Journal of Marketing Education Outstanding Article of the Year Award.

Conant collaborated with Denise T. Smart of Texas State University and Craig A. Kelly of the University of California — Sacramento on the article, “Mastering the Art of Teaching: Pursuing Excellence in A New Millennium,” which appeared in the April 2003 issue.

The article is an extension of award-winning research Conant and his colleagues began in 1988. The article provides insights into how marketing’s top teachers practice their craft in the dynamic and fast-paced business world of the 21st century.

Based on input from 107 of the discipline’s best teacher-scholars, this study finds that many of the fundamentals associated with master teaching 15 years ago remain the same today. These include strong communication skills, use of an interactive style, caring/empathy, and organization/preparation.

However, the current research identifies one significant new characteristic — the use of technology. All indications point to it becoming even more of a differentiating factor in the future.

Conant shared insights from his research at a session on “Effective Teaching in Large Classes” during a Jan. 30 symposium sponsored by the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Charlie Plum was one of those professors that truly loved his students. And that affection was returned tenfold. During Plum’s tenure at Mays, he estimates teaching accounting for non-majors to more than 6,100 students.

But Plum’s influence went far beyond the classroom. In fact, Plum has served as a life-long mentor to a former Mays student, Willie Langston ’80, that he never taught in the classroom.

Langston and his wife, Marian ’82, honored Plum’s devotion to teaching by endowing a room in his honor, the Charles W. Plum Seminar Room, in the Cox Graduate Business Center. The room was dedicated in front of a standing-room only crowd at a recent ceremony.

Read more about Plum and Langston in the June 2002 issue of Mays Business Online.

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“You’re fired!” are words two Mays alumni hoped to avoid hearing from business tycoon and billionaire Donald Trump.

Bowie Hogg ’01 and Amelia (Amy) Henry ’95, who both earned marketing degrees from Mays, were selected to participate in NBC’s latest reality show, “The Apprentice.”

And the prize? Having Trump select you as the most business savvy and being named president of one of Trump’s companies for year.

The show pits two teams against each other to compete in weekly business-oriented challenges. At the end of each episode, the losing team must send three individuals to the board room, where they must defend themselves to Trump and two of his associates. Trump then fires one of the individuals, while the other two return to their team to compete the next week.

To date, Henry has stayed on board while Hogg was let go. A Texan with deep roots, Hogg is a motivational speaker and packaging account executive who lives in Arlington. He hails from the same Texas-famed family as philanthropist Ima Hogg and former Texas Gov. James Hogg.

Henry, an Arlington native who graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M, received her master’s degree from Texas Christian University. She now lives in Austin and works for a high-tech company.

Mays Dean Jerry Strawser told The Bryan-College Station Eagle it is interesting that two out of the 16 competitors are Aggies. “[They] clearly have a great work ethic, dynamic personalities and proven entrepreneurial skills to have been chosen from among [the show’s] 215,000 applicants,” he said.

“The Apprentice” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. For more information on the two Aggie contestants, visit the show’s Web site.

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The Mays MBA Program continues to offer students a high-quality education, while keeping financial costs and time commitment to reasonable minimums, according to The Financial Times’ 2004 MBA program rankings.

Overall, the Mays program ranked 79th, marking the fourth consecutive year it has been ranked among the 100 best in the world by the London-based business daily. The ranking places Mays’ program in the top 5 percent of the approximately 2,000 MBA programs worldwide.

“This year’s ranking shows that the reputation of the Mays MBA Program is growing both with prospective students and the corporations who hire them,” says Carroll Scherer, director of Mays’ MBA program. “Due to our newly revamped, market-driven curriculum and excellent record of helping students find employment in their area of interest, our overall reputation is growing as a cutting-edge program that attracts high-caliber students graduating with the demonstrated competencies employers seek.”

Mays ranked fourth among all U.S. schools in the value for money category. In the job placement after 90 days category, the school placed first among U.S. school and second in the world.

“This shows that even in difficult economic times, we are still able to effectively leverage the Aggie Network and corporate relationships to help students find jobs in their career interest areas,” says Scherer.

Of this year’s 100 ranked schools, 57 are located in the United States. The 2004 ranking saw greater competition from European schools. In fact, 27 U.S. schools (47 percent) fell overall in the ranking, while 29 European schools (or 62 percent) climbed in the rankings.

According to the ranking report, this decrease in performance among U.S. schools was largely due to the states’ economic slump, leaving graduates with smaller increases in salary after earning their MBAs than in previous years. While European schools experienced the same challenge, the decline was not as sharp.

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