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Dwayne Whitten was nominated for his mentorship award by Mays student Stacey Barnett, left. They’re joined by Mays recruitment coordinator Sonia Garcia.
Assistant Clinical Professor Dwayne Whitten, from the Department of Information and Operations Management, was named the first recipient this spring of the Dr. Robert M. Gates Inspiration Award for exemplary assistance to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The award, which is named in honor of former Texas A&M president Robert Gates, was presented to Whitten at the annual Regents’ Scholars Banquet in April to honor his commitment to mentorship.

Whitten, who is in his first year serving as a faculty mentor in the Freshman Business Initiative, was nominated by his Regents’ Scholar, Mays student Stacey Barnett. Whitten was also a first-generation college student. He explained he could readily identify with the challenges Barnett was facing as he met with her countless times over the past year.

“It is inspiring to see such hard work and dedication in her,” Whitten says. “I really enjoyed being a part of the Regents’ Scholars program. Although it is primarily a program geared toward the student, I also grew from the experience.”

—Staff Reports

Categories: Faculty

A team of six real estate-minded Texas A&M graduate students took a complex land development plan to competition at The George Washington University this spring and walked away with 3rd place and $2,500.

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Students Alex Webb, Dalton Vann, Ellen Hsu, Jacob Milligan, Dilton Ding and Jesse Durden with their third-place trophy.
From an original set of 19 schools, the Texas A&M team—sponsored by Mays—won with its far-reaching architectural and financial plans to build and manage a community-friendly metro stop development in suburban Washington, D.C. Master of Real Estate students Ellen Hsu, Jacob Milligan, Dalton Vann and Alex Webb, MBA candidate Jesse Durden, and Master of Land Development student Dillon Ding were among teams from the top six schools to take their plan in front of expert development judges in the nation’s capital this March. It marked the first-ever George Washington University Real Estate Case Competition.

Mays students came in just behind George Washington Univeristy (1st) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (2nd). The Aggie team also competed against Southern Methodist University and the University of Cincinnati.

The team worked with a real-world D.C. developer’s project, trying to find the right mix of buildings and environmental enhancements—including water features and a pedestrian promenade—for a section of land located at a metro transportation stop. They emerged with a solution that would add more acreage to the development with room for retail, residential and office buildings, and even a hotel. A detailed financial analysis forecast everything from construction costs to building occupancy rates.

“This was a chance for our team to put much of what we have learned in class into practice on a real world case,” said team member Alex Webb. “We gained a lot of experience in actually doing what a real estate developer does. It was both an opportunity and an honor to have competed against teams from such strong schools around the country.”

—Sommer Hamilton

Categories: Students

Mays Business School’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team returned to Texas A&M University as region champions for the fourth time in five years in the SIFE USA Regional Competition. The April event was one of 17 regional competitions held across the U.S. this spring.

Ten business majors and minors competed against teams from Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to win the title. They’ve been invited to the national competition, hosted in May in Dallas.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.

During this academic year, the Mays SIFE team organized projects to teach free enterprise education projects in the Bryan-College Station community, including programs such as Aggie for a Day and The International Pencil.

Aggie for a Day is designed to teach elementary age children ethical standards through the Aggie Honor Code, while The International Pencil project, designed by Clinical Professor of Finance Larry Wolken, teaches children global market economics through the manufacturing of a simple wooden pencil.

—Staff Reports

Categories: Students

Twenty management majors were selected for $1,000 scholarship awards this year, up from 16 students last year and previous years’ scholarship amounts in the $500 to $750 range.

Outstanding students were honored at a reception in April for their academic achievements, work experience and community and student group involvement.

Nine individuals or organizations, including some faculty from management, made the scholarships possible this year.

—Staff Reports

Categories: Departments

The now-annual Mays Marketing Research Camp brought distinguished minds together in April, with a focus on customer relationship management and retailing.

Marketing professors and doctoral students shared learning sessions with such scholars as:
• Steve Shugan, Russ Berrie Foundation Eminent Scholar in Marketing, University of Florida and Editor-in-Chief, Marketing Science
• Scott Neslin, Albert Wesley Fry Professor of Marketing, Dartmouth College
• V. Kumar, ING Chair Professor of Marketing, University of Connecticut
• Aradhna Krishna, Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor of Retail Marketing and Professor of Marketing, University of Michigan

—Staff Reports

Categories: Departments

MBA candidate Jake Fullwood and senior Daniel McMaster were selected as the 2007 Mitte Foundation Circle of Excellence Award winners on the basis of their academic credentials and exemplary leadership, behavior, citizenship and community involvement.
“This award is presented to the best of the best,” says Cheryl Nolting, executive director of the Mitte Foundation. “As recipients of Mitte scholarships, these students have already demonstrated an outstanding level of academic performance and social responsibility. Circle of Excellence awards are given to those within this elite group who are able to maintain the highest level of achievement and commitment. It is an honor to have them as part of our program.”
Fullwood completes his MBA this month with a 4.0 GPA. As an undergraduate, he graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M. He has served as president of the MBA Students Helping Our Community, leading community service efforts in which more than 50 percent of Mays MBA students participated. MBA SHOC also raised more than $5,000 for local non-profit organizations.

McMaster will graduate from Texas A&M this year with honors with a BBA and MS in accounting. Throughout his time at A&M, he has been a leader and an active participant in campus and community service organizations. McMaster has devoted countless hours to Habitat for Humanity since he was in his teens and he has continued that involvement throughout his academic career.

—Staff Reports

Categories: Students

Know a successful Aggie business owner or leader overseeing an established, growing company? Mays’ Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship needs your nominations for the third annual Aggie 100 program, which celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world.

To learn more about qualifications and to nominate a company, visit http://aggie100.com/. The deadline for nominations is May 31.

Applicants will be ranked by compound annual revenue growth rate for the 2004 to 2006 period. Graduates from every Texas A&M degree program are welcome. The 100 companies with the greatest percentage growth will be named members of the 2007 Aggie 100.

Aggie 100 inductees will be honored in a campus ceremony in October 2007.

—Staff Reports

Categories: Centers

ullman-2.jpgJ.C.Penney Chairman and CEO Myron Ullman during a marketing lecture at Mays in March. This spring marked the return of the Center for Retailing Studies’ Sponsor Forum, which brought the top executives from sponsoring companies to campus for a day to hear the latest in retailing research.

Marketing Professor Venkatesh Shankar and Big Picture Thinking founder Brandon Coleman, Jr. ’78 joined Lowe’s VP of Marketing and Advertising Bob Gfeller in bringing innovate concepts to the table for CRS sponsors.

The center’s forum and annual Zale lecture also brought five name-brand retailing speakers (including Gfeller) to 10 business graduate and undergrad classes last week.

But the highlight of the week in retailing was Zale Visionary Merchant Award winner Myron Ullman, chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Company, who told students that retail is a contact sport. “You can’t just be nice and hold onto your share in the market,” he said. “The customer votes every day based on what she finds and what she likes, and you better be there to provide that.”

—Staff Reports

Categories: Centers

meyers.jpgCharlotte and C. Fagg Sanford in front of the Wm. Hugh Meyer ’51 Classroom. In an April ceremony, Charlotte and C. Fagg Sanford gathered family and friends to cut the ribbon on the Wm. Hugh Meyer ’51 Classroom in the Wehner building’s first floor. The classroom, and the Sanfords’ $100,000 learning endowment, are named in honor of Charlotte Sanford’s father, a former captain of the Texas A&M football team.

Hugh Meyer was the captain of the Texas A&M football team, playing center in the late 40s and early 50s. “He was an absolutely committed, die-hard Aggie,” Fagg Sanford said, “and he was a very special man to both of us.”

As a former assistant professor of cardiology, Sanford knows the importance of education. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from SMU, his medical degree from UT Southwestern and his post-grad from Washington University. He now oversees the business side of medicine with his cardiology practice in Tyler.

Charlotte Sanford, who has worked for the Baylor Medical Center and the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, now makes up part of the 96-member staff of her husband’s practice.

The Sanfords have three children—Lauren ’07, Christopher and Cynthia—to grace their 23 years of marriage. It was Lauren, a Mays management major, who first introduced the Sanfords to Mays and to business school practices.

—Staff Reports

Categories: Donors Corner

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