To me, UT is a hub of creativity and cutting edge research within a state known for down to earth businesspeople. This combination of strengths drew me back to Texas after living in California for nine years. Last summer when the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference brand unveiled a new format—TEDx, where x stands for “independently organized,” I immediately applied for and received the license to host TEDxUT.
Alumni and friends of the school gathered at Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas for an exclusive conversation between Dean Tom Gilligan and Southwest Airlines executives Herb Kelleher, Founder and Chairman Emeritus; Gary Kelly, BBA ’77, Executive Chairman of the Board, President and CEO; Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus; and Bill Cunningham, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Professor James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise at the McCombs School.
From the Daily Texan The University will receive more than $1 million in donations from Exxon Mobil Corp. in May, as part of a grant from the annual ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2009 Educational Matching Gift Program, in which employees and retirees donate money to higher educational institutions across the nation.
Starting immediately, McCombs alumni will be able to market themselves to thousands of potential employers in a new way and at no cost. McCombs has partnered with MBA Focus, a firm that connects elite global MBA students and alumni with the world's leading corporations.
Last night, over 160 corporate partners and McCombs School faculty, staff and students gathered to recognize two corporations and one individual for their extraordinary contributions to the school at the 2nd Annual McCombs School Corporate Recognition Dinner at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.
Net Impact teamed up with Chevy to bring a bit of hybrid art to campus for Earth Day during their "Green Living Choices" student art competition. Participants' art was featured on the car, a 2010 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, and three of the participants were awarded prizes for first, second and third place of $400, $300 and $100, respectively.
Global Moot Corp, taking place May 6-8 at The University of Texas at Austin, has been called "The Super Bowl of world business plan competitions." Starting this year, it will be accompanied by the inaugural Venture Week, what organizers hope will become the "South By Southwest" of entrepreneurship conferences.
From the UT Office of Sustainability As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, the new UT-Austin Office of Sustainability (housed within University Operations) is pleased to announce the launch of its website. The Office will use the site to connect our faculty, staff, and students to the many things UT Austin is already doing operationally that exemplify our pursuit of sustainability on campus.
Sheridan Titman, professor of finance at McCombs and executive director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center, moderated "Recent Developments in the Natural Gas Market" at the Spring 2010 Energy Forum earlier this month.
Eleven McCombs School faculty will be honored by their peers at the McCombs Teaching and Research Awards luncheon on May 4. Congratulations to these outstanding faculty members for their contributions to McCombs.