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Fogelman College of Business & Economics, April 2009

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Welcome to the Spring ’09 Fogelman College e-Newsletter

Dean Grover Looks at Revamping Undergraduate Business Programs

The Fogelman College Entrepreneurship MBA

New Fogelman College Executive MBA Project Initiative

Fogelman College Constituent Input

Fogelman College Outreach Initiatives

The Fogelman College Hosts the Disney Institute

Fogelman College Faculty News Briefs

Current Research in the Fogelman College

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Fogelman College Outreach Initiatives

Fogelman College Outreach Initiatives

Third International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing

The Fogelman College Department of Management Information Systems will host The Third International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing, at the U of M's FedEx Institute of Technology on May 3-5, 2009. The workshop aims to bring together the very best research and industry practice on the subject of Software Testing. The workshop invites submissions related to all theoretical and practical aspects of testing including hardware testing, software testing, requirements testing, and the testing of business rules.  The workshop is organized by the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) at The University of Memphis. STEP is an interdisciplinary program under the auspices of the Departments of Computer Science, Management Information Systems and Computer Engineering, and the FedEx Institute of Technology.    The workshop will be a mixture of presentations and open discussions, and it is anticipated that attendees from both academic and industry practice will benefit greatly from the interchange of ideas and methodologies on display.  For details, go to and click on Testing Workshop 2009.

Future Business Leaders of America at the Fogelman College

On February 23, 2009, Dean Rajiv Grover of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics of the University of Memphis welcomed approximately 612 high school junior and senior students from the region to the college and university. The students were participating in 38 distinct competitions relating to a wide variety of business application areas such as accounting, business technology, communications and media design. These competitions were organized by the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA) for students attending Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. 

In his welcoming address to the students at an awards banquet at the campus Holiday Inn on Central Avenue, Dean Grover noted that "a key role of our college is to nurture and train the budding business leaders and entrepreneurs of our region who will carry on the great tradition of business pioneers such as Fred Smith, Pitt Hyde, Kemmons Wilson and others. It is amongst your ranks that a new generation of business leaders of the future will emerge.  It is our duty to engage you and make available world-class teaching and research faculty to help you dream, think and build the businesses of the future."     

Forty-eight judges from both the Fogelman College and regional businesses helped judge the various competitions. Dr. Lloyd Brooks of the Department of Management Information Systems coordinated the university's contribution that involved faculty and graduate students. In congratulating the winners of the competitions, he commented that "having been involved in judging these competitions for several years now, I am pleased to see that the quality of participation and presentations is improving significantly. I have no doubt that many of the individuals and teams receiving their awards tonight will go on to see greater success in the state-wide competitions in Chattanooga in April."  Winners will then go on to participate and compete in the FBLA's National Leadership Conference in Anaheim in June 2009.

FBLA is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world. It has a quarter of a million high school and middle school students, college and university students, faculty, educators, administrators, and business professionals as members.  More information on the Future Business Leaders of America can be found at

Fogelman College Outreach Initiatives

University of Memphis Community Day in Jackson, TN

The Fogelman College participated in the first annual University of Memphis Jackson Center Career Self-Discovery Workshop on April 14, 2009, at the Jackson, TN, Chamber of Commerce.   The letter that went out to the Jackson community read, "This event is free and open to the public. If you have been impacted by the downturns in the economy, are interested in completing a degree, or want to move your career to the next level, this workshop may help you reach your goals!  The workshop is sponsored by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Sun, Jackson Energy Authority, and the University of Memphis Jackson Center. Experts will be on hand to share information on educational and career options. By participating, you'll gain insights into a career path that is right for you and design an action plan that may help you realize your career goals.  You can choose either an afternoon session from 1:30-3:30pm, or an evening session from 5:30-7:30pm."

"During times of great transitions, such as these, great opportunities can present themselves. Experts will be on hand to share information on career options. The Self-Discovery Seminars will help participants gain insights in the career path that is right for them.  Additionally, participants will create an action plan designed to help them achieve their goals."

"Participants will receive priority consideration for the Jackson Sun's annual career fair.  This career fair features a broad spectrum perspective employers including, education, the health professions business and industry."


Department of MIS Hosts Project Management Institute Chapter Meetings

The Fogelman College Department of Management Information Systems hosted the May and December 2008 Project Management Institute (PMI) Memphis Chapter Meetings.  These meetings fostered project management networking with over 100 local project management professionals attending each meeting.  Plans are for the Department of MIS to host the May and December 2009 PMI Memphis Chapter Meetings as well. To participate, please see for more details or email Dr. Robin Poston,  or Dr. Sandra Richardson, for more information.

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