UM B-School Buzz
Issue: #11
March 2009
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University of Miami School of BusinessProminent Business and Academic Leaders to Help School of Business Boost Stature
School Names 11 to Serve on Visiting Committee
The School has named 11 members to its new Visiting Committee. The committee, which includes some of Miami's most prominent business leaders and philanthropists will consult with the School on strategy and support its fundraising efforts as it moves forward on its vision to achieve recognition as a globally preeminent business school.
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Management Faculty Win Leading Journal Awards
Two professors in the School's Department of Management have been selected as Decade Award winners for articles published in the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), the top journal for the Academy of International Business. The article "Recent Foreign Direct Manufacturing Investment in the United States," by John Daniels, has been selected as Decade Award winner for the first (1970) volume of JIBS. The article "The Export Decision Process: An Empirical Inquiry," by Duane Kujawa was selected as the Decade Award winner for the 1974 volume of JIBS.
School Partners with Marketing Science Institute for June Conference: Customer Insights for Innovation
June 18 - 19, 2009
Coral Gables, Fla.
The recent economic turmoil has heightened the challenges faced by firms seeking to develop and launch product and service innovations. "Customer Insights for Innovation" will examine recent advances in methods for reducing the risks associated with developing and launching innovations to both consumer and business markets. The conference is sponsored by the Marketing Science Institute (MSI), which typically limits such events to MSI members. Because the School of Business has partnered with MSI to organize the conference at the School of Business, the School's alumni, faculty and other friends are invited to register. Learn more!
Faculty Member Chosen as Erasums Mundus Scholar by European Commission
Mario YanezMario Yanez, research asssistant professor of computer information systems, has been selected as  "Erasmus Mundus Scholar in Strategic Project Management" by the European Commission.

This recognition is offered to selected professors from non-European Universities based on strong profiles, valuable experience and relevant research orientation in the Project Management field.
The award comes with funding to support scholastic research at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, one of the three European universities in the consortium offering the Commission's Master of Science Degree in Strategic Project Management.
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Vice Deans Serve as Judges for Leading Business Awards
Linda Neider Linda Neider, vice dean of undergraduate business programs, will join other leaders from local businesses, academic institutions and civic organizations to select the regional award finalists and winners in Florida's 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program. Read more
Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean of graduate business programs, joins theVice Dean Anuj Mehrotra South Florida Business Journal as an advisor for the 2009 Business of the Year Awards.  Businesses are chosen and awarded for their achievements, including revenue growth, creation of jobs, commitment to employees, and community involvement.

Faculty Member Joins UM Learning Community
JayaramanVaidyanathan Jayaraman, associate professor of management, has been selected by the University to be the School of Business representative on the University's Faculty Learning Community (FLC). The FLC investigates adoption of technology in classrooms.  Jayaraman is currently working with faculty to gather information about the kinds of technology they are using in undergraduate classes.

Spring 2009 Commencement: the tradition continues
Correa GraduationThe Class of 2009 will participate in the academic procession as UM honors its graduates at the BankUnited Center May 14 and 15.  The graduate degree ceremony takes place at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14. The undergraduate ceremony for the School of Business (with the College of Engineering) takes place at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15. For more information, visit the commencement Web site.
Know someone who should be recognized at commencement?
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is soliciting nominations for students to be recognized at the May 2009 undergraduate and graduate degree ceremonies. Nominate graduates who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: scholarship, citizenship, leadership and character, athletics, a unique story or accomplishment. For more information and to download the Student Profile Application Packet, visit, or call 305-284-1821. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at Building 21-T, Student Services, or e-mailed to
School of Business LinkedIn Group Surpasses 1,500 Members!Visit the School of Business Administration on Facebook
The School of Business group on the LinkedIn social networking site now has more than 1,500 members including alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the School. If you are not already a member, log on today, join and become part of this fast growing professional network. Also, become a fan of the School's new Facebook page, which continues to grow. By joining the LinkedIn group and becoming a fan of the School on Facebook, you can reconnect with classmates, network with alumni, faculty and staff, and keep up to date on all that is happening at the business school that is on the move.
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ACG Cup winners UM MBAs Win Top Prize in $10,000 ACG Cup Case Competition; School Hosts Contest for First Time in South Florida
A team of three MBA students from the School of Business Administration won first place and $6,000 in the region's first "ACG Cup" competition, sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) held on March 26. The University of Miami team beat out a team from Florida International University in the competition which took place at the UM School of Business. Read More
MBAs Help School Earn Top Spot in International Trading Competition
Supreet AroraSecond-year MBA finance student Supreet Arora won third place and $3,000 in a international stock trading contest. Eleven University of Miami students participated in the competition over the last year and the University placed seventh overall out of around 100 universities that competed.  Read More

Alpha Kappa Psi CompetitorsSchool of Business Undergraduates Impress at Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition
A team of undergraduate students from the School took third place in the University's first showing at the Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition in Atlanta, Ga. on Feb. 28. Read More
Gavel Undergraduates Argue Defamation Case in National Courtroom Challenge
Nine University of Miami undergraduate students - including three from the School of Business - participated in a national "mock trial" at the University of Notre Dame Feb. 28 and March 1, advancing to the final round. Read more
  Undergraduates Shine in Two National Ethics Championships
Ethics Debate Team 2009A team of University of Miami undergraduates, including a School of Business sophomore, advanced to the final four at the 15th annual National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on March 5, ultimately finishing third among 32 teams at the competition.  Over 125 schools nationwide participated in ten regional ethics bowls; finalists from each were invited to compete in the national event. Read more
Just two weeks later, another team of UM debaters, including three School of Business undergraduates, made it to the final round of the Bioethics Bowl at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Harvard University. Read More
Students Participating in FIRST Step Miami Hurricane Showcases School's Revolutionary FIRST Step Program for Undergraduates
The University's student newspaper profiled the School's new required freshman course, detailing some of the projects in which students were involved last fall, and including quotes from many of them. Read More
Rachel Valentino Alumna Among Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40
Rachel Valentino, BBA '04, an agent with Long and Foster Real Estate in Washington, D.C., has been named by Washington Life Magazine as one of its 250 Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40. The magazine says she and the others stand out as "leaders, risk-takers, givers, connectors, and changemakers." Valentino has also been named by REALTOR Magazine as a Top 50 finalist for its annual '30 Under 30' feature.  It's a nationwide search that highlights "up-and-coming real estate professionals who are already making their mark with smart business practices, community leadership, and industry innovation." The public will determine the top 30 through an online vote.

University of Miami Outreach in Atlanta and Chicago
The School continued its alumni and parent outreach efforts this month with stops in Atlanta March 11 and Chicago March 17. Dean Barbara Kahn shared the School's vision for global preeminence with alumni and other friends in each city as part of the Alumni Association's National Tour. In Chicago, the dean also met with parents of UM students at an event held as part of the UM Parents Program, which is designed to strengthen the University, foster a sense of community among parents, and enhance the student experience.
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Pearls of Wisdom - The Keys to Success
Networking Opportunities, Success Strategies, and Personal Insights from Leading Female Professionals in Business

Dany Garcia, BBA '92, Founder & CEO of JDM Partners LLC
Honorable Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade District 8 Commissioner
Maria Fernandez, Consumer Marketing Manager, Telemundo/NBC

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
5:00 p.m.
James W.McLamore Executive Education Center Dining Room
3rd Floor, Aresty Graduate Building
Mentor Appreciation Dinner with Dean Barbara Kahn
April 14, 2009, 6:00 p.m., School of Business, Executive Education Dining Room, 3rd Floor
All School of Business Mentors are invited to celebrate their extraordinary contribution of time and talent in mentoring School of Business students.  Please RSVP: Office of Alumni Relations, Telephone: 305-284-4052, E-mail:

Ethics Film Series
March 24, 2009 - April 14, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Adrienne Arsht and UM Ethics Programs, co-directed by Anita Cava, professor of business law, the School of Communication, and University of Miami Alumni Association invite you to a film series designed to promote discussion of "reel" life dilemmas and decision-making.  See the movies free of charge and stay for the panel discussion following each screening, led by faculty with interest and expertise in the area.  

All Ethics Film events are free and open to alumni, students, and the UMcommunity; no RSVP is necessary. Screenings take place at 6:15 p.m. at the Bill Cosford Cinema on the Coral Gables campus; snacks will be provided at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information and the list of films

MBA for Working Professionals - Information Sessions
New Program Begins July 24, 2009
Interested in earning a UM MBA? Join us for an information session to learn more about the School's MBA for Working Professionals Program beginning in July 2009. Information sessions are held on the Coral Gables campus at the School's McLamore Executive Education Center (3rd Floor), at 6:30 p.m., on the following dates:
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
To attend a session, please RSVP at 305-284-4607 or
For program information click here.

Save the Date! Suzy Welch to Speak at 2009 Spring Convocation
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Suzy WelchSchool of Business students are encouraged to attend UM's Spring Convocation and hear columnist and best-selling author Suzy Welch speak about "They Myths of Success." Welch, author of the new book, 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea , will be introduced by her husband, the legendary former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, who will join her for a question-and-answer session after her talk. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Field House, adjacent to the BankUnited Center.

For more School of Business events, click here.

2009 Miami Golf Classics
Friday, May 29, 2009
Miami Beach Golf Club
Inviting School of Business Alumni to join the UM Alumni Association and Greater Miami Alumni Club for a day of golf at the beach!

For more information, including registration and price information please visit our Miami Golf Classic Web page, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-866-862-5867, or 305-284-2872, or by e-mail at

Special Alumni Invitation: Customer Insights for Innovation
June 18 - 19, 2009
Coral Gables, Fla.
The recent economic turmoil has heightened the challenges faced by firms seeking to develop and launch product and service innovations. "Customer Insights for Innovation" will examine recent advances in methods for reducing the risks associated with developing and launching innovations to both consumer and business markets. The conference is sponsored by the Marketing Science Institute (MSI), which typically limits such events to MSI members. Because the School of Business has partnered with MSI to organize the conference, the School's alumni and other friends are invited to attend. Learn more!

Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Riviera Country Club
1155 Blue Road
Coral Gables, Florida
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
School of Business Alumni and Faculty to be honored with four 2009 UM Alumni Association Awards.  Join us in honoring Mort Guilford (BBA '51, JD '56), Wayne Chaplin (BBA '79, JD '82), Thomas Adams (BBA '57), and Professor Anita Cava. See the winners
Reception to follow program. Please confirm your attendance with Elizabeth del Campo in the Office of Alumni Relations via e-mail to or via telephone to 305-284-4931.

For more events click here or contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Miami Herald - March 30, 2009 - A "Business Monday" article profiled the School's undergraduate consulting program that is part of the entrepreneurship major. The article included quotes from Will Evans, one of four students working this semester with the company, Certified Clone Free, and comments from Susana Alvarez-Diaz, who teaches the entrepreneurship class. Read Article

Palm Beach Post
- March 23, 2009 - Doug Emery
, professor, Bank of America Scholar, and chair of finance, was quoted in an article about job prospects for finance students upon graduation. Read Article

The Miami Herald - March 16, 2009 - The cover story of the "Business Monday" section, about the region's full-time MBA programs, featured details about the School's traditional 21-month and one-year full-time MBA programs. The article, which noted the School's strategy to attract the best students, its focus on research excellence, and its new cross-disciplinary programs, included quotes from Dean Barbara Kahn as well as from Harout Samra, a student enrolled the joint JD/MBA program. Read Article

WLRN-Radio - March 13, 2009 - A three-minute "Miami Herald Friday Business Report" segment featured a profile of the School's Executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy program, noting that many physicians are among the program participants. The article included comments from Steven Ullmann, the director of the School's Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy, as well as Federico Albrecht, a Miami physician who is currently enrolled in the program. Listen

The Miami Herald - March 6, 2009 - An article about the worsening mortgage crisis in Florida included a number of quotes from Andrea Heuson, a professor of finance who studies the real estate market. Read Article

Harvard Business Review - March, 2009 - The magazine published "Performance Incentives for Tough Times," an article co-authored by Chester Schriesheim, University Distinguished Professor of Management. The article explains that when there is limited cash for financial rewards, praise becomes an acutely valuable management tool. Read Abstract

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