Ying Xuan Yong, a senior accounting and finance major, has been accepted into the 2006-2007 Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research Fellows Program with a proposal titled “Capital Structure in China: Analyzing Pecking Order and Static Tradeoff.”

“I’m always up for a challenge,” Yong said. “The Undergraduate Research Fellows program is one of the most challenging experiences available at Texas A&M. It forces me to think critically.”

As a student leader for the Memorial Student Center, Yong traveled to China to participate in A&M’s China-U.S. relations conference last November. The trip exposed Yong to the research opportunities available. He sees significance in research because it allows students to contribute to scholarship while learning, he says.

Yong had internships during the past two summers with Deloitte & Touche and Merrill Lynch. These experiences helped shape his views on research. “I’ve always felt that there has been a divide between practitioners and academia,” Yong said. “Through research I can build a bridge and a better understanding of how the two are interrelated.”

The academic work Yong will complete with the research fellows is comparative to the amount of work required for a three-credit course. Yong, the 2006-2007 MSC president, was also awarded a $300 research account to use for research expenses during the fall.

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Aggie second baseman and senior finance major Parker Dalton was named the Big 12 Sportsman of the Year for his extraordinary display of sportsmanship and community service.

Dalton and a co-winner from Missouri, Jodie Heinicka, were selected by a media panel. Dalton was key in welcoming six Tulane teams to A&M this fall. As president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, he organized Aggie athletes to serve as mentors for Tulane sportsmen.

He organized athletes to attend Tulane sporting events on the Texas A&M campus, and when the semester ended, Dalton initiated a “Final Wave Goodbye” party to celebrate the time all the student-athletes had spent together.

The Aggies’ baseball team captain volunteered for the Toys 4 Tots drive that collected approximately 1,700 toys; AggiesCan which collected 150,000 cans and $3,000 for hurricane relief; and the Coat Drive that collected hundreds of coats for Twin City Mission in Bryan.

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Mays communicators brought home six awards this spring from the Brazos Bravo ceremony, hosted by the Brazos Valley chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Among them was a Brazos Bravo (or best in category) award for feature writing for the Texas Aggie story “The Business of Building Leaders,” won by Dean’s Office Writer Sommer Hamilton and Communications Officer Pam Wiley.


  • The Real Estate Center graphics, design and writing staff won an Award of Excellence for Tierra Grande
  • Pam Wiley won an Award of Excellence for Wehner-Schnitzel, the faculty/staff “company picnic” held in the spring
  • Sommer Hamilton, Mays Webmaster Matt Herzberger and Pam Wiley won an Award of Excellence for Mays Business Online
  • Sommer Hamilton won an Award of Excellence for the Mays Business Online story “Shelter from the Storm
  • Pam Wiley, Matt Herzberger and Sommer Hamilton won an Award of Excellence for the virtual tour site, Explore Mays

Categories: Centers, Departments, Staff

Eight Mays professors and 10 PhD students were honored for their teaching, research and service during the business school’s spring faculty/staff meeting in May.

Two master teachers earned the year-long Mays Fellowship for Teaching Innovation. They are Marketing Professor Jeffrey S. Conant, who is also Department of Marketing head-designate, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and Eppright University Professor in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence; and Clair Nixon, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Excellence Professor.

Earning 2006 Summer Teaching Grants for assessment-related projects are
Marketing Professor Paul Busch, Associate Professor of Accounting Annie McGowan, Assistant Professor of Management Elizabeth E. Umphress and Clinical Assistant Professor of Information and Operations Management Dwayne Whitten.

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Bala Shetty, the Jenna & Calvin R. Guest Professor, was honored with the Dan H. Robertson Distinguished Core MBA Faculty Award. The award’s counterpart in the Executive MBA program, the Executive MBA Teaching Award, went to Asghar Zardkoohi, T.J. Barlow Professor of Management.

PhD students were also honored for their service in the classroom and in the research field.

Earning the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student are: Kirsten Cook, accounting; Ariel M. Viale, finance; Arunachalam Narayanan, information and operations management; R. Michael Holmes, management; and Tarun Kushwaha, marketing.

Earning the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student are: Lale Guler, accounting; Brooke W. Stanley, finance; Jeremy M. Brann, information and operations management; William J. Worthington, management; and Ann M. Mirabito, marketing.

Also, Mays community members celebrating major milestones in years of service in 2006 together represent 430 years of experience.

Our veteran faculty and staff are:

  • Kammy Baumann, Real Estate Center assistant editor, 20 years
  • Paul S. Busch, professor of marketing, 20 years
  • Jeffrey S. Conant, professor of marketing, 20 years
  • Camille Crow, Dean’s Office business administrator, 20 years
  • Nancy McQuistion, Real Estate Center associate editor, 20 years
  • Arun Sen, professor of information and operations management, 20 years
  • Linda Windle, Undergraduate Program Office assistant director, 20 years
  • Larry G. Gresham, Jr., associate professor of marketing, 25 years
  • Ricky W. Griffin, executive associate dean, 25 years
  • James H. Leigh, associate professor of marketing, 25 years
  • Marietta J. Tretter, professor of information and operations management, 25 years
  • Rajan Varadarajan, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, 25 years
  • Asghar Zardkoohi, T.J. Barlow Professor of Management, 25 years
  • Charles M. Futrell, Federated Professor of Marketing, 30 years
  • Steven D. Grossman, associate professor of accounting, 30 years
  • Richard Haney, professor of real estate and finance, 30 years
  • Lorence L. Bravenec, professor of accounting, 35 years
  • Donald S. Fraser, Hugh Roy Cullen Chair in Business, 35 years

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Communicators in Mays’ Office of the Dean were honored at the recent Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education, Region IV District Conference in Houston. Pam Wiley, Lara Zuehlke and Dean Jerry Strawser received an Award of Excellence in the institutional identity programs category for “Mays Business School Brand Initiative.”

Zuehlke and Wiley were also honored at the International Association of Business Communicators’ Brazos Bravo Awards with an Award of Merit for the 2003 issue of @Mays, Mays Business School’s annual print magazine.

Bringing home top honors, a Brazos Bravo Award, at the annual ceremony were Robert Beals and J.P. Beato with the Real Estate Center (REC) for their photograph, “Living With Mold.” They also received two Awards of Excellence in design for the center’s annual report/calendar and magazine, Tierra Grande. The REC staff also won an Award of Merit in the magazine category for Tierra Grande.

REC’s Nancy McQuistion received an Award of Excellence in the writing category for her story, “Why Use a Real Estate Professional?,” while Randy Birdwell won an Award of Merit in the audiovisual category.

Categories: Departments, Faculty, Former Students, Staff

Two Mays doctoral students have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Michael Kroff, a marketing PhD student, is a recipient of the 2004 Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award. Each year, The Association honors graduate students for both teaching and research. Recipients are given a framed certificate and $500.

While at Mays, Kroff has taught courses in buyer behavior and advertising and has assisted with student advising. He is a past recipient of the Department of Marketing Doctoral Student Teaching Excellence Award and the Mays Business School Doctoral Student Teaching Excellence Award.

Also, Dan Li, a management PhD student, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Mays Distinguished Achievement Award in Doctoral Studies.

Li’s research interests include the management of multi-national enterprises, entrepreneurship and social network analysis. She has published or had accepted for publication three scholarly journal articles, two scholarly book chapters and three refereed conference proceedings. Li has also taught courses in international business and strategic management.

Categories: Research Notes, Staff, Students

Dr. Rajan Varadarajan, head of the Department of Marketing, has recently been named a Distinguished Professor of Marketing by Texas A&M President Ray Bowen and Provost Ron Douglas.

“This appointment evidences something we already know — Rajan is a scholar and individual of the very highest caliber,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “On behalf of the Mays College, I am proud to congratulate Dr. Varadarajan on this prestigious and well-deserved honor. We are truly fortunate to have him as a member of our Mays College family.”

Varadarajan, who also serves as the Ford Chair in Marketing and E-commerce, has been awarded numerous honors for his research, including the Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award for Research in 1994 and the Texas A&M Mays College of Business Distinguished Research Award in 1990.

In addition, Varadarajan has authored numerous journal articles on corporate, business and marketing strategy as well as co-authored a textbook.

Categories: Departments, Faculty, Staff

The college recently recognized four staff members for their service and commitment to excellence. This year’s Outstanding Staff Award winners include: Shirley Deffenbaugh, communications coordinator, Center for Retailing Studies; Jean Gresham, program coordinator, Center for Executive Development; Fran Harris, administrative assistant, Department of Finance; and Julie Orzabal, assistant director, Executive MBA Program.

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Key positions within the college have been filled, including naming Ricky Griffin executive associate dean. Griffin, who joined Texas A&M in 1981, formerly served as department head in the Department of Management and director for the Center for Human Resource Management. He is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Management.

Angelo DeNisi replaces Griffin as the department head in the Department of Management. DeNisi, who joined Texas A&M in 1997, also serves as the director for the Center for Human Resource Management. He is the B. Marie Oth Professor of Management.

In addition, Clair Nixon has been named associate dean of the Mays College. Nixon will oversee the college’s undergraduate programs, information technology, and communications. He also is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Excellence Professor.

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