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October 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Big Orange Give Aims to Raise $1 million in Five Days

Last year, 4,103 donors contributed $1.46 million through Big Orange Give, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s online fundraising campaign. Donations came from alumni, corporate partners and friends in 50 states and four countries.

The online giving event kicks off on Monday, Nov. 14, and wraps on Friday, Nov. 18. This year, the First Tennessee Foundation has committed a $500,000 challenge gift, asking other donors to contribute an additional $500,000 during the 2016 Big Orange Give to reach a $1 million total.

The Haslam College of Business aims to raise $100,000 during this year’s campaign. Last year, Haslam was one of the highest giving colleges on UT’s campus.

Donations can support any fund at the university and are tax deductible. Gifts of any size are appreciated. In 2015, 73 percent of donations were under $100.

Funds from the Big Orange Give support student programs, scholarships, professorships, technology and various initiatives impacting students and faculty across the UT campus.

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The Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business welcomes sixteen new faculty members this fall. The cohort divides evenly between professors and lecturers joining the departments of accounting and information management, economics, management, and marketing and supply chain management.

The new hires bring almost 150 years of combined industry experience, coupling it with well over a century of teaching experience. They carry a global perspective, with backgrounds representing Spain, Ireland, China and Nigeria.

Accounting & Information Management

James Myers is the Dennis Hendrix Distinguished Professor of Accounting. His research focuses on valuation, earnings management, and auditing. He has published top journals including the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, and Review of Accounting Studies and his papers have been cited more than 3,500 times. The joint research conducts with his wife, Linda, has been awarded the Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Paper Award and an award for Outstanding Accounting Review Article of the Year. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Linda Myers is a distinguished professor of accounting and holds the Haslam Chair of Business. She also serves as director of Haslam’s doctoral program in accounting. Myers’s research interests include audit markets, corporate disclosure, and financial reporting quality. She has published in a number of top accounting journals and her work is regularly cited by the business press, as well the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Myers has been invited to present her research at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Canada, England, Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, and Taiwan. She earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Kathleen Powers is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Management. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and prior to that worked as a tax manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C., and Zurich, Switzerland. Her undergraduate degree is in business and accounting from North Carolina State University and has a Master’s of Accountancy from the Ohio State University. Powers’s research interests include the effect of corporate governance on firms’ tax policy, investors’ use of tax disclosures and tax-related frictions in capital markets.

Amanda Warren joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. A CPA, she received her bachelor’s in accounting, as well as her Master of Accountancy, from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the faculty, Warren spent six years in the Atlanta office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.




Alycia Winegardner joins the Department of Accounting and Information Management as a lecturer. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee, and is a CPA. After a short stint in public accounting, Winegardner transitioned to private industry, eventually gaining the position of CFO of a management company in West Knoxville.


Enda Patrick Hargaden is an assistant professor of economics with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Hargaden is an applied microeconomist with a focus on taxation and public policy. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan in 2016 and previously studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.




Ifedapo (Dapo) Adeleye is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He joins Haslam after a decade with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria where he served in several senior leadership positions. Adeleye has taught undergraduate to executive education and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has consulted and directed executive education programs for numerous organizations including GE, Coca-Cola, and Chevron. Adeleye received his doctorate from the University of Manchester and earned master’s degrees in economics and human resources from Cardiff University.

Shawn Carson is lecturer in in the Department of Management. He also serves as director of technical and operational assistance for Three Roots Capital. Prior to this role, he spent eleven years as director of venture development with Technology 2020, and 16 years with Knoxville-based Computational Systems, Incorporated (CSI). Carson holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from East Carolina University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, is a doctoral candidate in education from East Tennessee State University.

Eva Cowell joined Haslam’s Department of Management as a full-time lecturer. She is a Haslam alumna and earned her doctorate here in 2010. Cowell spent the last six years at Tusculum College, where she became an associate professor and chaired the department of management and marketing. She actively pursues alternate instructional exercises to engage her students and is passionate about helping others reach their full potential.

David Gras joins Haslam as an assistant professor in the Department of Management. He holds a doctorate in entrepreneurship from Syracuse University, a master’s in marketing from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s in management from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the antecedents of business performance and competitive advantage. Within these areas, Gras explores the financial impacts of corporate social responsibility, new venture diversification, strategic decisions, and entrepreneurial characteristics.

Austin Lance is a lecturer in the Department of Management. He is president of Lance Associates and has 44 years of business experience and is president of Lance Associates. Prior to beginning his management consulting company, Austin was vice president and general manger of a global foodservice packaging division International Paper Corporation and spent 22 years with Mead Corporation. He earned his accounting degree from UT before obtaining an MBA from the University of Dayton.

Lindsay Mahony is a lecturer and interim assistant department head in the Department of Management. She received her MBA from Washington State University and bachelor’s in philosophy from Western Washington University. Prior to joining Haslam, Mahony was a lecturer at Washington State University and Pellissippi State Community College and worked as a program manager for Amazon in Seattle and as construction subcontract engineer at Washington Closure Hanford in Richland, Washington.

Roberto Ragozzino joined the Department of Management as the Haslam Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research lies in corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, and international management focusing on business phenomena through an economic lens. His work has been published in several journals, including Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Management Journal. Before joining Haslam, Ragozzino spent three years in Barcelona, Spain, working at ESADE Business School and earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University.

Codou Samba is an assistant professor in the Department of Management. She obtained her doctorate in business administration from the University of Houston, and her primary research stream is at the intersection of strategic leadership and organizational decision processes. Samba holds an MBA from University of Houston and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she worked as a chemical engineer for five years at Rohm and Haas Company (now Dow Chemical Company).

Marketing Supply Chain Management

Randall (Randy) Rose is a visiting professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Rose has worked in the retail and pulp and paper industries, consulted with a variety of companies, and is a veteran of the United States Army. At USC he served as the executive director of doctoral programs and chair of the marketing department. Rose’s research on persuasion, social influence, payment mechanisms, and various aspects of consumer culture have been published in many top journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Retailing, and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. He obtained his doctorate from The Ohio State University.

Sophie Xiao is an assistant professor of marketing. She earned her doctorate in marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her primary research interests include firms’ innovation strategies and consumers’ adoption and resistance to new products. Her research has been published in the Journal of Service Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, and International Marketing Review.



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UT Business Students Host Seventh Annual Barefoot Benefit

The 2016 Barefoot Benefit, a 5K foot race and community festival organized by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Haslam College of Business students, took place on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Sequoyah Hills Park.

The event featured music, food, games and family activities. Race registration and activities began at 12:30 p.m., while the race kicked off at 2 p.m. The event included door prizes from local businesses such as Regal Cinemas, and all proceeds were donated to Samaritan Place, an emergency shelter for senior citizens.

Participants were invited to take their shoes off and enjoy the lawn of Sequoyah Hills Park, according to Stephanie Yeap, a supply chain management senior and a member of the benefit’s student-run executive team.

“The Barefoot Benefit is going to be exhilarating,” Yeap said. “Although going barefoot is optional, running with bare feet on cool grass will surely be something to remember.”

Yeap said organizing the race and festival has served as an educational experience for students.

“This has been a great capstone experience for our undergraduate educations,” Yeap said. “We also have several alumni helping out. In fact, three classes are coming together as a collective to help make the event a success.”

Ernie Cadotte, professor of learning innovation, said managing the intricacies of a real-world event provides a significant educational opportunity.

“The students break ties with the normal classroom setting and instead are challenged to create a hands-on learning experience,” Cadotte said. “Their mission is to bring the community together, both in support of Samaritan Place and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family.”

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Dave Clark, Amazon Senior VP, Accepts UT Accomplished Alumni Awards

Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations for Amazon, accepted the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Accomplished Alumni Award on Sept. 29 during his visit to the Haslam College of Business.

Clark is responsible for Amazon’s global supply chain and logistics operation. He also oversees the teams managing Amazon’s technology, including its robotics operations.

“I found my time in the MBA program at Tennessee to be incredibly rewarding because the faculty and peers that I got to work with were really special,” Clark said. “The optimization science work that I got to do with Mary Holcomb and Melissa Bowers combined classwork with work for real-world companies and taught me things I’ve leveraged throughout my career. Understanding that analytics play such an important role in the supply chain overall was an incredible gift that Tennessee gave me.”

Stephen L. Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, described Clark as a prime example of what Haslam alumni can accomplish.

“Haslam alumni can be found leading and managing in complex environments throughout the world,” Mangum said. “Imagine being responsible for more than 230,000 employees operating out of hundreds of locations spread across 16 countries. That is Dave Clark’s everyday world.”

Clark graduated from Haslam in 1999 with an MBA focused on logistics and transportation. He joined Amazon later that year. He held various key positions in the company prior to his current role. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Auburn University.

The Accomplished Alumni Award, a university-wide distinction, offers notable alumni an opportunity to share their success stories on campus with current students. Past recipients have included CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, artists, musicians, civic leaders and United States ambassadors.

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UT Joins I-Corps South to Expand Entrepreneurial Training

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will receive grant funding to teach technology entrepreneurship, perform research and foster innovation through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program.

A public-private partnership, I-Corps was created in 2011 to train researchers to evaluate the commercial potential of their scientific discoveries. The program is offered in a “startup boot camp” format.

“I-Corps [hubs] support the national innovation ecosystem and help some of America’s brightest researchers test the commercial potential of their discoveries,” Grace Wang, acting assistant director for the NSF Directorate for Engineering, said in a statement.

I-Corps South, which started with the Georgia Institute of Technology, is being expanded to include UT and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. It will receive a collective $3.45 million over five years.

Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor of research and engagement, will oversee UT’s portion of the grant.

“The University of Tennessee is already a leader within the state in commercializing technology invented in our labs,” Eighmy said. “We look forward to using this grant to leverage our strengths to provide even greater economic impact throughout the state.”

Rhonda Reger will administer the grant under Eighmy’s oversight. She is the Nestle Professor of Business Administration at the Haslam College of Business and research director for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

“The expansion of the Georgia Tech node to become I-Corps South and serve the southeastern United States will greatly accelerate technology entrepreneurship throughout this growing region,” Reger said.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development supports programs associated with the grant, said Randy Boyd, that department’s commissioner.

“We will be working with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and LaunchTN, our statewide public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in Tennessee,” Boyd said. “This type of entrepreneurial training will encourage and grow an innovation ecosystem in this region enhancing commercialization and economic well-being.”

Boyd’s comments reflect the stated goals of I-Corps South. The regional Innovation Corps program aims to accelerate the development of the South’s entrepreneurial ecosystems; provide for increased partnership opportunities between academia and industry; and focus on underrepresented minorities to increase their participation in research pursuits and entrepreneurship.

More information is available at: the I-Corps South website; the National Science Foundation press release about the grant; the UT, Haslam College of Business, and Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation websites; the Georgia Institute of Technology VentureLab website; and the University of Alabama I-Corps website.

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Student Spotlight: Colby Dorcely

Senior Colby Dorcely was in high school when his community in Haiti was hit by an earthquake in 2010. Dorcely and his family were lucky to survive the resulting devastation that killed an estimated 230,000 of his countrymen, but it changed their lives forever.

Immediately following the earthquake, Dorcely worked as a translator for victims and met Todd and Kristi Stewart, pastors from Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville. The couple helped Dorcely obtain a student visa to attend college in the United States.

“When Mr. Stewart talked to me about the opportunity to come to America to attend college I was quite emotional,” Dorcely said. “When I was little, my dad had that vision for me, though it was unimaginable at that time. But my dad would always say we live by faith.”

In July 2012, Dorcely moved to East Tennessee to fulfill that dream. Dorcely went to Pellissippi State for two years then transferred to the University of Tennessee.

“I chose UT because I had attended a few international events on campus and felt great about the environment and enthusiasm UT had to offer,” Dorcely said.

After his first semester at UT, Dorcely declared a supply chain major in the Haslam College of Business.

“The professors taught with so much passion and enthusiasm that I felt convinced that it was the college I wanted to pursue my degree,” Dorcely said.

Dorcely volunteers with Christian organization Bridges International, which aims to assist international students in acclimating and welcoming them to Knoxville and campus and creating a family away from home for them. In the wake of a recent hurricane and the earthquake to Haiti, Dorcely thinks highly of the current relief support system. “However, in the long-run I think we need to go beyond that support and start addressing the fundamental issues there which, if remained unresolved, will always magnify the effects of those natural disasters,” says Dorcely. His long-term goals are to engage in community development back in his home country.

“I want to empower the Haitian people through job creation, education, and vocational training,” he said.

In his spare time, Dorcely enjoys reading —mainly economics, philosophy, science and Christian books. He is also heavily involved on campus attending events, playing intramural soccer and being around other students on campus.

“My motto is that life on earth is ephemeral, it is crucial that I live it for something durable, eternal, something bigger than my short existence on this earth,” Dorcely said.

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Alum Spotlight: Maggie Bates

Born and raised in the area, Knoxville is much more than a home for Maggie Bates. She has a passion for local community, engaging in multiple initiatives to help make her hometown a better place.

Bates volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest, and United Way among many other organizations. She is also on the board of Young Professional Knoxville, whose mission is to inspire Knoxville’s young professionals to connect, develop and serve to build leaders and improve the community.

“I love being a part of this group because I think Knoxville has changed so much in the past five to ten years and will continue to change exponentially.”

Bates is an audit manager in the Knoxville office of Crowe Horwath. Crowe Horwath has been ranked best workplace for millennials by Fortune, and was also ranked seventh on its list of leading workplaces for recent college graduates. Bates says these accolades help make her job as the company’s school relationship manager for the University of Tennessee that much easier.

“I love planning and executing recruiting events on campus because I get to be a part of the next generation at Crowe, and it also helps me stay connected to UT,” she says.

Bates majored in accounting with a dual concentration in international business, graduating from the Haslam College of Business in 2010. She was part of the inaugural Global Leadership Scholars class, and went on to complete her Masters of Accountancy in 2011.

She says that faculty and staff were extremely influential for her during her time in Haslam. “The instructors and advisors treated me like an adult and expected me to act like one,” she says. “They empowered me to use the tools I had to make decisions for myself and feel confident in them. I’ll take that with me wherever I go.”

Bates also enjoys watching UT football and tailgating, reading, and spending time with her adopted fur child and her husband Ben Bates (also a Haslam alumni).

“When I was in college, someone told me that I could not expect to have a successful career in public accounting unless I moved to New York or other areas,” says Bates, alluding that she could not be successful in Knoxville. However, she has set out to prove them wrong.

“Knoxville and Crowe have significant growth planned over the next few years, and I can’t wait to be a part of what’s to come,” says Bates. “This is a great place to be.”

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Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Mark Collins

Mark Collins, a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, did not originally aspire to a career in academia. His first industry focus after graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1981 with a degree in economics was hotel management.

“It was initially just a great summer job back home in Chattanooga,” Collins said. “But I just fell in love with both the people-side of hotel management and development, as well as the precise operational savvy needed for success.”

That savvy also helped underpin the role he took on in the fall of 2014 as the college’s director of technology-enhanced learning. Collins creates course development of existing courses into full or blended online courses, as well as individual modules for single flipped class meetings.

“In 1983, I bought my first computer, a Commodore 64, for cost control spreadsheets,” Collins said. “As the software improved, that led to revenue forecasting and pro forma income statements.”

The technological and business acumen came in handy when Collins launched Rocky Top Books on the strip in 1998.

“That was an amazing experience”, Collins said. “To open the store the month after Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols went 39-0 and won a third consecutive National Championship, and then in our first fall semester, the football team goes 13-0 and wins its own national championship. The timing to open an independent bookstore on Cumberland was fortuitous, to say the least.”

Collins began working as a lecturer in the Haslam College of Business in the fall of 1999, eight years after he first entered the classroom as an instructor. Three weeks after earning his MBA, the staff at Middle Tennessee State University started asking him to teach their principles of marketing class.

“I said no,” Collins recounts. “Three times I said no. The chair was persistent, and I finally gave in.”

Since then Collins has taught 153 semester courses spanning five different disciplines. In fact, he has taught every semester since. “I love what I do. I’ve got the consistency about right, now I’ll focus on quality,” he joked.

When he’s not in the classroom, Collins enjoys traveling with his wife Sharon, and spending time at home with their five adult children. “We now have two grandsons, so life is certainly changing, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

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