Namesake Martha L. “Marty” Loudder is associate dean, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and PricewaterhouseCooper Teaching Excellence Professor of Accounting. She is a Mays Teaching Fellow and has received teaching awards from the accounting honor fraternity, the Association of Former Students and the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Students participate in high-impact learning experiences at Mays Business School and who commit to the practice of reflective, integrative learning can qualify for the medal. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements are awarded an engraved Mays Business School medal to be worn at graduation.All Mays undergraduate students are invited to pursue this Medal of Excellence, which honors academic achievement as evidenced by engagement and reflection. Requirements for the medal begin with the Freshman Business Initiative (FBI), and culminate with a well-developed web-based portfolio. Other options include participation in case competitions, Startup Aggieland, Titans of Investing and Research Scholars.
The experiences that satisfy Medal of Excellence requirements facilitate rich learning that promotes student success and retention. This is essential to meet not only Texas A&M University’s goal of graduating integrative, lifelong learners, but also to achieve the stated mission of Mays Business School to develop ethical leaders for a global society.
Nancy Simpson, Mays Teaching Fellow and director of Undergraduate Special Programs, called the Medal of Excellence “the embodiment of Marty Loudder’s legacy: a legacy of whole-person education, innovation in undergraduate teaching and learning, and a personal commitment to each and every undergraduate who walks through the halls of Wehner.” Simpson added, “It has long been Marty’s vision that ‘Mays students are educated, not just trained.’”
“From the time she created FBI until now, Marty has worked for, talked about and supported an integrated educational experience,” Simpson said. “The undergraduate experience she has helped to shape results in graduates who are skilled in our seven core competencies, and who are multi-dimensional, interesting people, able to have intelligent conversations about everything from current events to sports to the arts.”