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Semester-in-Review: BBA Highlights from Fall 2009

It's been a busy semester and you've been focused on achievement 24/7. So now you have a bit of a break, take a moment to appreciate the amazing things accomplished by undergraduate students, faculty and staff members at the McCombs School.

These are just a few highlights from the Fall 2009 semester in the Texas BBA program. If we've left out anything significant, please share it in the comments below or email This is your success story, too. And stay tuned for posts looking back on MBA and MPA success stories too.

Inspiring Teachers: Honored by the UT System

Rewarding inspiring teachers is the aim of the Regent's Outstanding Teaching Awards, which recognized five faculty members at McCombs as inaugural recipients, with awards ranging from $15,000 to $30,000. These are believed to be the highest awards for undergraduate faculty performance and innovation in the country.

Strong Rankings: U.S. News & World Report ranks McCombs #6, accounting #1

Our academic peers continue to consider the undergraduate business program at UT Austin as a powerhouse. The 2010 U.S. News rankings placed the school as the sixth best business program based on peer assessment. McCombs ranked in the top 10 in 11 specialties (including #1 accounting). Only McCombs and the University of Pennsylvania had more than 10 specialties among the top 10.

Study Abroad: Student Fair asks "Where do you want to go?"

In early September students gathered for a showcase of the school's 27 international exchange partner institutions located in 22 countries around the world. Did you know that McCombs students study abroad at a higher rate than any other school on the UT campus? Check out the Study Abroad Photo Contest. Info Session coming on Jan. 27, 2010.

Global Perspective: BBA students learn to problem-solve internationally

During the summer, 33 students formed cross-cultural teams to compete in an online simulation that pits global companies against each other as they compete for market share. The four-week program brings together students from Austria, Brazil, China and the U.S., with each earning six hours of course credit. The following CIBER international programs are still open for next summer.

Student Consulting: SCI students compete while helping struggling Austin businesses

Early in the semester, student teams kicked off another round of competition in which students take on real world consulting projects. The Student Consulting Initiative (SCI) has grown in popularity each semester, resulting in measurable improvements for local businesses, plus resume-building experience for participants.

Career Support: Careers24 Expo links students with employers and recruiters for 24 hours of networking

September marked a new format for career networking for McCombs undergraduates with Careers24, offering a full day of networking events, followed by panel discussions and an Etiquette Dinner at midnight! For the date of next semester's event follow the link above.

Real-World Insight: Students get up-close-and-personal with top CEOs

There is never a shortage of professional inspiration on campus, and this semester that included top speakers such as Michael Dell, and former Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, both interviewed by Dean Tom Gilligan. Dr. George Gau kicked off a new undergraduate class on leadership and ethics, including a series of video discussions with top business and education leaders, beginning with Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly, BBA '77.

Student Accomplishments: Texas BBA team rises above 30 MBA teams to win challenge

In the Net Impact Resource competition three McCombs undergraduate students beat out MBA teams for a spot in the finals, earning an all-expense paid trip to pitch their idea for boosting on-campus recycling rates. In the final stage of the competition the Texas team won the grand prize, sharing the win with an MBA team from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.

Prestigious Events: Top undergraduate business competition in the world held at McCombs

Faculty and students played host to teams from 20 top schools from North America, Asia and Europe for the McCombs International Business Competition. Sponsor Motorola put together an open-ended case that challenged the four-member teams to present an innovative global business strategy for the company.

Individual Successes: Finance senior wins the Tulane Energy Trading Competition

Aneal Tenjarla triumphed over 28 students from six universities, many from MBA programs, in a competition of trading strategy in a realistic environment. "This is probably the closest thing you can get to actually trading besides committing actual value and risking actual money," he said.

Scholarships Abroad: Four Texas BBA students earn study abroad

The Hanyang Endowed Excellence Scholarship application was available to UT students planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia during the Spring 2010 semester. The awards were merit-based and ranged between $3,000 and $7,000 dollars.

Student Balance: Yes, we can study finance and win a football championship at the same time

McCombs students Sam Acho and Will Harvey have been named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 first team. Acho is a defensive end and junior business honors major with a 3.62 GPA. Harvey is a deep snapper and finance senior with a 3.52 GPA. Hook 'Em!

Networking Opportunities: New York company visits over holiday break

The Undergraduate Business Council planned company visits in the Big Apple over the winter break, visiting three top investment banks, plus some additional company visits. This trip will include an alumni networking event, so you can meet UT alumni and get insights into the New York industries.

Diverse Activities: There's a workshop for that!

From studying the culture of Denmark, Russia and Ghana, to learning how to find an internship abroad, there have been so many opportunities to get together and learn at McCombs this semester. Did we see you at the Foreign Film Nights, Loco for Local Career Fair, Philanthropy Week, Excel Financial Modeling Workshop, Green Team brown bag lunch, or the Careers Info Week? If not, watch the BBA News blog site for next semester's details.


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