College of Business Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The UT Arlington College of Business Celebrates 50 Years and
the Future of Business

For half a century, the College of Business at UT Arlington has blazed new trails in business education and research, graduating more than 46,000 business mavericks. In the 2015-16 academic year, the college celebrates this milestone while looking to the next 50 years and beyond—the future of business.


The Beginning – 1965

The Celebration – 2015-16

Events

The Future of Business




The Beginning – 1965

In the mid-1950s at Arlington State College (ASC), students could enroll in two-year programs in accounting, merchandising, and secretarial training, or for those working toward a B.B.A., they could take the first two years of the four-year degree before transferring to a four-year institution. When ASC became a four-year college in 1959, economics and business administration were among the handful of bachelor’s degrees offered. *

From 1959-1965, ASC was divided into two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, which oversaw programs in liberal arts, science, and business; and the School of Engineering. Because enrollment grew so quickly in the non-engineering programs—specifically in business from 1,512 in fall 1959 to 3,434 in fall 1964—the School of Arts and Sciences was divided into three separate schools in 1965: the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Business, and the School of Science. Dr. Wallace B. Nelson was appointed dean of the newly minted College of Business, and the college opened the doors to its very own building in 1978. *

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has continuously accredited the college and its accounting program since 1969.

* Source: “Transitions: A Centennial History of The University of Texas at Arlington, 1895-1995,” by Gerald D. Saxon, The UTA Press, 1995.

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The Celebration – 2015-16

Join the college for an array of celebratory activities and events throughout the year, listed here.

Alumni are invited to share their toast to the college on Facebook (@UTABusiness) and Twitter (@BusinessUTA) by tagging the College of Business.

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50th Anniversary Events
September 2015-May 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 9
Welcome Bash
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Business Building, First Floor Lobby

Welcome the new academic year and kick off the college’s 50th Anniversary celebration with birthday cake, popcorn, and free College of Business swag! Various student support and advising services will be available with information—from Career Services to study abroad—and business student organizations will be on hand to answer questions about their groups. Don’t miss the celebration!

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Friday, Oct. 16
College of Business Alumni Awards
5:30-8 p.m.
Cacharel Restaurant, 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006

The College of Business honors three individuals for Outstanding Career Achievement, Outstanding Early Career Achievement, and Service to the College at the annual awards ceremony. In honor of the 50th Anniversary, the college will also recognize all past alumni honorees, and celebrate the successes of its more than 46,000 alumni.

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Thursday, Oct. 29
Groovy Spooky 1965 Halloween Party
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Business Building, Dean’s Office, Suite 334

Do some trick-or-treating in the College of Business hippie style! We’re throwing it back to 1965, when the college was established, and having a groovy time. Wear your best late-’60s costume and grab some treats in the Dean’s Suite.

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Saturday, Oct. 31
Department of Accounting Annual Chili Cook-off
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oak Street and Parking Lot F13 (east of the Business Building)

The department’s annual event welcomes alumni, students, faculty and staff to compete in the chili cook-off and enjoy a variety of activities—food trucks, field games, costume contests, bounce houses, and the music of The Blue Beats oldies band.

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Thursday, Nov. 5
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction
5-7 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Carlisle Suite

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Each fall and spring semester qualified bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students, as well as college faculty, are inducted to the prestigious honor society.

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Friday, Nov. 6
College of Business Scholarship Dinner
6:30-9 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom

The College of Business welcomes donors who have established scholarships for business students, and the students who have been awarded those scholarships, for a special evening of celebration and gratitude. Nearly 200 scholarships are given each year to students in the college; most funded through current gifts and endowed scholarships, enabling students to fulfill their education goals.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10
Maverick Speakers Series Presents: Daymond John, Entrepreneur
7:30 p.m.
College Park Center

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John is the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He joined the cast of Shark Tank in 2009. John has received more than 35 awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, and he was named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House in 2015. The College of Business will host a reception for students in the Entrepreneur Society and members of the college’s Advisory Council preceding the event, and VIP seating for the lecture. More information...

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Saturday, Nov. 14
Homecoming 5K Run/Walk
8:30 a.m. (registration)
Maverick Activities Center

Join the College of Business team for a friendly competition with the colleges of Liberal Arts and Science, all of whom are each celebrating 50 years. Each participant receives a College of Business race T-shirt. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race start at 10 a.m. Read more about the race and sign up to be part of the College of Business team (free to participate!), by emailing Trish Quiñones.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27
“Pursuing Excellence Through Business Analytics” Symposium
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Carlisle Suite

A half-day symposium hosted by the Information Systems and Operations Management Department and the Economics Department will focus on data analytics in a variety of industries, including business, sports and health care. The keynote address will be delivered by Kimberly Navala, director of business strategies at SAS, a leading maker of business analytics software. The symposium includes panel discussions on applications and best practices of data analytics for business, as well as poster sessions by analytics students. Continental breakfast and lunch included. More information...

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Wednesday, Feb. 17
NextGen HR Conference
12:30-6 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom

The Department of Management hosts a half-day event focused on the challenges and opportunities of human capital and talent management in the coming decades. Top human resources academic researchers and practitioners will present sessions on leading and empowering millenials, cutting edge performance management, recruiting in the 21st century, and more. Register online: www.fwhrma.org/event-2134324.

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Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 12
Marketing Faculty Research and Texas Ph.D. Conference
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-Noon Saturday
E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River, Concho and Rio Grande Rooms

The Department of Marketing will host a two-day conference aimed at enhancing research collaboration and networking opportunities among marketing faculty members and doctoral students from universities across Texas and Oklahoma. The conference will also feature a special session with the editors of four academic research journals. More information...

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Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1
Business Week
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Business Building, various classrooms

A longstanding tradition in the College of Business, Business Week is a full week set aside to connect faculty and students with business and community leaders. Executives and leaders, many of them UT Arlington alumni, share their experiences and present case studies from their companies to a new generation of business leaders. The full schedule of speakers will be posted in the spring.

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Monday, April 4
Executive Dinner
5:30-9 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom

The annual College of Business Executive Dinner is an opportunity to connect a true master of the business world with students, alumni and the business community. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the college and looking toward the next 50 years and beyond, guest speakers Matthew Rose, executive chairman of BNSF Railway, Thomas Falk, CEO and chairman of the board of Kimberly-Clark, and Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will address the future of business. Table sponsorships and tickets may be purchased online in early spring 2016.

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Friday, April 8
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society Induction
6-8 p.m.
E.H. Hereford University Center, Carlisle Suite

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Each fall and spring semester qualified bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students, as well as college faculty, are inducted to the prestigious honor society.

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Friday, April 15
College of Business Retired Faculty Lunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Business Building, Rooms 608 and 609

Retired faculty members of the College of Business are invited to a reunion lunch in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary. Connect, reminisce and engage in a lively discussion with College of Business Dean Rachel Croson, who will give an update of the college and the future of business.

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The Future of Business

Where will business be in the next 50 years? The UT Arlington College of Business is preparing students today to address the present and unseen future challenges of the business world. Your support fuels student success in the College of Business. Give 50 in the 50th year to change a life and shape the future of a UT Arlington business student.

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