August 1, 2017 marks the start of my fifth year at UT Martin as the Dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA). I feel like a first-year graduate student having to start all over at a higher level to continue learning and growing. Part of the cyclical process was applying for continued AACSB accreditation for the College’s BSBA and MBA degrees past our current 2019-2020 approval period. The accreditation cycle is daunting at times, but very worthwhile as it helps generate our program’s high rankings which we tout elsewhere.
Last year saw many events related to our focus on students and their taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities. One highlight was a presentation by one of our May 2017 graduates, Rebecca Lund, at the May Academic Business World and Learning and Administration International Conferences in Nashville. We provided financial support for her as well as for other student learning experiences throughout the year such as: the Super Bowl in Houston, the U.S. Amateur golf tournament in South Carolina, Major League Baseball spring training in Florida, student conferences in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Daytona, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Terre Haute, and Washington, D.C. We sent academic teams to compete at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, the National Model Congress, the Southern Regional Model United Nations, and Financial Management Association Student Leaders Conference. Additional travel study and study abroad experiences occurred in Australia, Costa Rica, France, Italy, and Japan.
I point to three added efforts that show the College’s continued efforts to provide students with useful experiences. First, the new location of the Murray Investment Room along with the installation of a Bloomberg Terminal allowed more students to be involved with managing the TVA Investment Challenge portfolio of over $500,000. These facilities also saw the first students earning Bloomberg Certification and helped Andrew Terrell (May 2017 Accounting and Finance double major) to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst Association’s Level I exam in December.
Third, the College is seeing its efforts to boost internships making steady progress. The College’s REED Center has a new internship liaison who is helping to connect students and potential sponsors. Also, the College will have a uniform internship application form in place for the 2017-2018 academic year. That step may not sound too amazing, but it has been very surprising how long the process has taken. The College is also able to draw on the greatly expanded Career Planning and Development Office to locate added future internship sponsors.
Join us within CBGA to find a way to make a living at what you love to do. As you should note from the above, we emphasize student-focused excellence via student-faculty interaction and experiential learning opportunities. At UT Martin, your professors will know your name, you will get academic accountability, and you can make a significant start toward your professional life.
We want you to be a part of the CBGA and Skyhawk families! Call (731 881-7306) or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Ross Dickens, Dean