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Application Now Open: Barbara Jordan and George Mitchell Leadership Awards

The Barbara Jordan George Mitchell Awards Committee is excited to announce the opening of its annual award applications.

Each year McCombs School of Business students have a chance to receive recognition for their achievements by their peers. The George Mitchell Student Leadership award is given to two outstanding freshmen, sophomores, and juniors for their ability to inspire leadership in themselves and others. Seniors are eligible to apply to the Barbara Jordan Senior Legacy Award that recognizes their commitment to leaving a legacy of mentorship, leadership, and passion at the McCombs School of Business. In addition, McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations may apply to either the Most Outstanding or the Most Improved award.

 All four award applications are evaluated by a committee of students and are meant to encourage continued leadership, innovation, and a lasting legacy at the McCombs School of Business. Students, faculty, and alumni may fill out a nomination form, although a nomination is not necessary to apply. Both the nomination form and the application can be found at

All applications are due to [email protected] 11:59 p.m. on March 7th.

 For any questions or more information, please contact committee chair, Nicole Ferraro at [email protected]. The committee is looking forward to reviewing another year of outstanding McCombs students.

Student Org. Spotlight: Texas Startup and Venture Capital Group



We first met Alan Rochard, Finance ’16, at the Three Day Start-Up event in fall 2013, where he made it to the final round to present his startup idea to the judges.

He is now connecting the Texas BBA Program to the local entrepreneurship networks through the founding of the brand new McCombs Affiliated Student Organization: “Texas Startup and Venture Capital Group.”



We caught up with Alan earlier this week and were able to ask him a few questions about the new student organization.

What made you want to start the “Texas Startup and Venture Capital Group” (TSVCG)?

When I first came to UT, I got in touch with the UT entrepreneurship organizations such as the Technology Entrepreneurship Society (TES), the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency (LEA) and the McCombs MBA Entrepreneur Society. What was missing was an organization for BBA students interested in entrepreneurship right here at McCombs. With TSVCG we are able to connect BBA students to each other and to the entrepreneurship resources at UT and in the Austin community.

What is TSVCG’s main focus and program?

Our main goal is to connect McCombs BBA students interested in startups and venture capital funding to companies and professionals in the Austin area. It’s all about getting to know like-minded people, networking and exchanging ideas.

We will have bi-monthly meetings that will feature invited speakers and offer workshops on specific topics such as “Application Building” or “Coding.” And we’ll work closely with TSE and LEA and hope to co-host events together.

How can students get involved?

Come to our first meeting on Tuesday, February 11, from 6-7pm, in CBA 4.346.
FB Event:

For the inaugural meeting our speaker will be Michael Goldstein, who will give a presentation entitled “Bitcoins 101” that will explain the basics and the future of the digital currency.

Meetings:      every second Tuesday from 6–7pm starting February 11, no membership fee

Join our Facebook group and find out about entrepreneurship events and opportunities to get involved.

Questions? Email Alan at [email protected]

2014 Mr. McCombs Beauty Pageant: Meet The Contestants


On Friday, January 31st, 10 contestants from various McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations will come together to compete for the title of “Mr. McCombs.”

Mr. McCombs is a male beauty pageant that raises money for charity. The contestants choose the charity of their choice to award the money to. The Mr. McCombs 2014 Winner at the end of the night will be the one who will give his preferred charity the funds.

The contestants will be judged based on talent, personality, and audience support. They will be dancing, dressing up in their finest suits, swimsuits, and an outfit of their choice. Most importantly, there will also be a round where the competitors will show off their various talents. At the end of this fun-filled evening, one contestant is crowned Mr. McCombs.

For charity purposes, we ask that everyone enters with a fee of $3.

This event is organized by the Undergraduate Business Council. Thank you to the Office of Student Life.


Meet the contestants

Jonathan OngJonathan Ong – ABSA

Hometown: Singapore, Singapore
Freshman; Unspecified Business, Economics
Charity: Salvation Army World Service Office
Escort: Yiwen Xu
Fun Fact: He is afraid of ducks.


Daniel NovotonyDaniel Novotny – ALPFA

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Senior; BHP & Marketing
Charity: Eastside Community Connection
Escort: Melina Montellanos
Fun Fact: He owned a pink Easy-Bake-Oven when he was eight, because he wanted to be a chef.


Marcus MoutonMarcus Mouton – BBSA

Hometown: Houston, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Houston Children’s Charity
Escort: Ariane Rodriguez
Fun Fact: He loves to go bowling.


Ryan FitzgeraldRyan Fitzgerald – DSP

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Sophomore; Supply Chain Management
Charity: The Miracle Foundation
Escort: Audrey Constant
Fun Fact: His mom wanted to name him after Luke Skywalker, but his dad won a coin flip and chose to hame him after Nolan Ryan.


Brandon KeavenyBrandon Keaveny – FBA

Hometown: Southlake, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Red Cross
Escort: Crystal Keaveny
Fun Fact: He’s won hula hoop competitions in three different countries.


Kyle CampellKyle Campbell – HBA

Hometown: College Station, TX
Sophomore; BHP, Finance & Economics
Charity: Mary Lee Foundation
Escort: Jemma Miller
Fun Fact: He’s in the process of becoming a a licensed sky diver.


Oscar BarbosaOscar Barbosa – HBSA

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Senior; BHP & Finance
Charity: Central Texas Home for Children
Escort: Valery Piedra
Fun Fact: He once raised a Pikachu from level 5 to level 100 without using rare candies, and he is still proud of this accomplishment.


Parakh JainParakh Jain – UFA

Hometown: India
Sophomore; BHP, Finance & Actuarial Science
Charity: Red Cross
Escort: Gabriela De Padau
Fun Fact: He’s a vegetarian, but hates salad.


Archie AgarwalArchie Agarwal – UBC

Hometown: Coppell, TX
Freshman; Finance
Charity: Foundation for the Homeless
Escort: Nathalie Rovall
Fun Fact: He broke both his knees in the 7th grade while trying to impress a group of British girls.


Zach SunderlandZach Sunderland – USIT

Hometown: Weslaco, TX
Freshman; Unspecified Business
Charity: Foster Angels of Central Texas
Escort: Andi Trevino
Fun Fact: He’s travelled to over 10 countries.

Student Org. Spotlight: Texas Consult Your Community


At McCombs, there is a strong emphasis on applying what you learn here to giving back to the community. Anchor Ebanks, MPA ’16, and Dillon Mathers, MIS ’15, founded the Texas chapter of Consult Your Community (CYC) to help students help the Austin community. CYC is a nationwide organization that offers an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students to offer pro bono consulting services to low-income and minority-owned small businesses.

Texas CYC will consult three Austin companies for the Spring 2014 semester: Guac N Roll, Acts Of Sharing and an Austin Food Trailers Council. Ebanks and Mathers hope to expand the services offered by Texas CYC and add to the client base for future semesters. In addition to real experience in consulting, Texas CYC will host guest speakers, featuring industry experts.

Dillon Mathers, MIS ’15 and Texas CYC president, is enthusiastic about the positive effect CYC will have on students and the Austin community, “We’ll be able to offer free consulting to businesses that may not be able to afford such services otherwise,” said Mathers. “Also, as students, there’s a huge barrier to entry in the industry. Texas CYC will offer real work experience, making McCombs students more competitive in the job market.”

Students interested in joining Texas CYC are encouraged to participate in the Third Annual Deloitte Consulting and CYC Undergraduate Case Competition to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Registration closes Wednesday, Jan. 29. Candidates may also fill out an application for Texas CYC online.

To learn more about Texas CYC, visit the Facebook page or attend an info session:

6–7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, CBA 4.348

6–7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, CBA 4.326

CYC Officers will also be available for a social happy hour at Tower Pizza beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30.

1/30 – VIP Distinguished Speaker Series: Ravi Saligram

VIP Distinguished Speaker Series

Ravi Saligram, Former CEO of OfficeMax

When: Thursday, January 30, 2014
              5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Union Ballroom

Hosted by Dean Tom Gilligan, McCombs School of Business


Ravi Saligram’s 35-year career includes three years as President and CEO of OfficeMax and more than 20 years of General Management at ARAMARK, InterContinental Hotel Groups and SC Johnson. Mr. Saligram has lived in five countries and worked in many more across five continents. He is noted for his ability to grow global businesses and brands in tough industries, difficult economic conditions, and intense competitive environments.

Mr. Saligram was recruited in November 2010 to be President and CEO of OfficeMax, a nearly $7 billion Fortune 300 company. He recruited a world-class management team and led the company through a transformational journey by driving innovation and evolving the company from an office products distributor to an omnichannel provider of workplace products, services, and solutions. To accelerate transformation of the company, an historic merger with Office Depot was announced in February 2013. Shareholders from both companies voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed combination, and the merger was consummated in November 2013, after receiving unconditional clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In collaboration with the board, Mr. Saligram, with a core team of executives and advisors, drove a strong premium for OfficeMax shareholders. OfficeMax share price reached $15.26 on November 5, 2013, at merger close. Adjusting for a special dividend of $1.50 per share, the share price had more than tripled (+260%) since the launch of Mr. Saligram’s turnaround plan in November 2011.

Prior to joining OfficeMax, Mr. Saligram served as president of Aramark International; and executive vice president and chief globalization office of Aramark Corporation. Prior to Aramark, Mr. Saligram held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group, including president of Brands and Franchise for North America, chief marketing officer, and President, Asia Pacific; and held brand and general management roles within S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. He began his career in advertising with Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, where he formed his relentless desire to meet and exceed customer needs.

Considered an inspirational and visionary leader by his associates and peers, Mr. Saligram is known for his ability to attract world-class talent and for forming cohesive, aligned management teams. In Mr. Saligram’s first general management role, SC Johnson Korea was named one of the three best foreign-managed companies in Korea by KBS-TV. He received the 2010 British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia “Building a Better Future” award for his role in helping ARAMARK to become one of the UK’s largest employers. At OfficeMax, under Mr. Saligram’s leadership, the company was one of only nine retail companies – and the only company in the office supply industry – to be named to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list, for two consecutive years (2012 and 2013). OfficeMax was also awarded the National Employment Team 2013 “Private Sector Business of the Year” by the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) for its commitment to employing people with disabilities, including veterans.

He is a board member of Church & Dwight, a consumer and specialty products company with leading brands such as Arm & Hammer and OxiClean; a trustee for the Eisenhower Fellowships; board member and on the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail organization, and formerly served as a board member and vice chairman of the World Affair’s Council of Philadelphia and board member of OfficeMax Incorporated.
Mr. Saligram earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University in India and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series strives to bring the most influential and relevant business leaders to speak to UT students regarding current matters. We encourage a large number of UT students from various majors and backgrounds to attend the events. Each event is 1 hour long, consisting of a 30-minute interview portion, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from the students in attendance. Doors close right as the event starts, so please arrive early.

This event is organized by the Undergraduate Business Council. UBC would like to thank the Office of Student Life for their support.

For updates on the VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, or any of UBC’s other great events, like them on Facebook at:

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10/24 VIP Speaker Series – John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc.

The Undergraduate Business Council of the McCombs School of Business is pleased to present John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc.  as guest of this Thursday’s VIP Speaker Series. 


John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc. 
Thursday, October 24
5:30 – 6:30 pm 
HOGG Auditorium





 You can look forward to an insightful and exciting conversation between John Donahoe and McCombs host Associate Dean David E. Platt.  Here is a brief overview of Mr. Donahoe’s accomplishments quoted from the Fortune article “eBay is back!” (February 2013):

  • Under Donahoe’s leadership eBay has undergone a remarkable transformation, shifting from its original (and flailing) mission — online auctions — to a full-service e-commerce operation that helps big retailers such as Home Depot (HD), Macy’s (M), and hundreds of others navigate the complex world of mobile payments, online comparison shopping, and same-day delivery.
  • Analysts say Donahoe deserves much of the credit for pulling off that rarest of feats in the tech world: a company turnaround.
  •  Venture capitalist and eBay board member Marc Andreessen: “If Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg are the templates for the founder CEO, then I think John has become the template for the professional CEO.”


John Donahoe serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of eBay Inc. since March 2008. Under his leadership, the company has become a global commerce platform and payments leader, with revenue of $14.1 billion in 2012.

John joined eBay in March 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces. While in this position, he focused on expanding eBay’s core business. He oversaw many acquisitions including, StubHub and other classified sites.

In addition, he currently serves on eBay Inc. and Intel Corp. Board of Directors. Before eBay, Mr. Donahoe spent more than 20 years at Bain & Company and served as a head of the San Francisco office overseeing 30 offices and 3,000 employees worldwide.

Mr. Donahoe’s education is impressive in itself, as he graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics with highest distinction, and earned his M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Scholar.

The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series strives to bring the most influential and relevant business leaders to speak to UT students regarding current matters. We encourage a large number of UT students from various majors and backgrounds to attend the events. Each event is 1 hour long, consisting of a 30-minute interview portion, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from the students in attendance. Doors close right as the event starts, so please arrive early.

This event is organized by the Undergraduate Business Council. UBC would like to thank the Computer Science Department and the Office of Student Life for their support.

For updates on the VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, or any of UBC’s other great events, like them on Facebook at:

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Throw a $3,000 Pitch

If you’re one of those people that could sell a snow cone to an Eskimo or you have a good understanding of numbers and how they work, you should compete in pitching stocks. The Texas Stock Pitch Competition, hosted by the University Securities Investment Team (USIT), is on Saturday, Oct. 19, in CBA 4.328. Open to all majors, teams can include 2 – 4 people. The registration fee is $40 per team, giving each team a shot to win a $3,000 cash prize.


How the Stock Pitch works

On the day of the competition, each team presents an investment idea to a panel of judges about a company of their choice. The panel includes judges from investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms. The presentation includes a discussion of their idea behind the investment, the qualitative and quantitative aspects, and end with answering questions from the panel. Teams are given 15 minutes to present followed by five additional minutes for questions. Out of the 12 – 16 groups that compete, the top four teams are chosen to advance into the final round. During this portion of the competition teams will give a more in-depth presentation of their investment idea and hold another Q&A session. Additionally, they must field a cross-examination session by an opposing team.


Make it Pitch-perfect

“The best preparation for the stock pitch is to understand every part of the company. Both during the presentation and the Q&A session, the best strategy is to be knowledgeable about the company you’re investing in – understanding the company will allow you to identify the company’s competitive advantages others may not see,” explains Stephen McGarvey, USIT Director of Marketing and McCombs junior.


Angela Morisette with teammates John Connell and Parker Kim

Stock Pitch Champions

Marketing major, Angela Morisette, is an active member of USIT. “The USIT mission is to extend the education about finances and investments to the university as a whole. That’s why we really encourage all majors to compete, because everyone can learn more and have fun with it.” Angela has competed in many stock competitions with teammates John Connell and Parker Kim. Over the past two years their team has won three first place titles and two second place titles. Most recently, the team was personally invited to compete in the Michigan Undergraduate Investment Competition, which is the largest and most prestigious stock pitch in the country. The trio will represent Texas in the competition Saturday, Oct. 26, as they go head-to-head against other schools such as Stanford, MIT and Wharton.


Enter today!

Sign up now to compete in the USIT Texas Stock Pitch Competition on Saturday, Oct. 19. Breakfast and lunch are included in registration fees and teams that register prior to Oct. 12 are guaranteed a free event t-shirt.

10/10 VIP Speaker Series – Ken C. Hicks, Foot Locker, Inc.

 The Undergraduate Business Council of the McCombs School of Business is pleased to present Ken C. Hicks, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. as guest of this Thursday’s VIP Speaker Series.

Ken C. Hicks, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. 
Thursday, October 10
5:30 – 6:30 pm 
SAC Ballroom

When Mr. Hicks joined the company in 2009 the retailer faced many challenges like the recession, e-commerce competitors and a changing customer base.

The company today is #7 among America’s Top 10 Fastest Growing Retailers and is one of the few outstanding big retail success stories in the US.  


On Thursday, October 10, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm Mr. Hicks will be interviewed by Eric Hirst, Associate Dean of the MBA Program of the McCombs School of Business. The conversation between Dean Hirst and Mr. Hicks will take about 30 minutes followed by a 30 minutes Q&A session for attending students. The event is open to all UT students from all majors.

For more information on Mr. Hicks’ biography visit the UBC’s Event Facebook Page.

The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series strives to bring the most influential and relevant business leaders to speak to UT students regarding current matters. We encourage a large number of UT students from various majors and backgrounds to attend the events. Each event is 1 hour long, consisting of a 30-minute interview portion, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from the students in attendance. Doors close right as the event starts, so please arrive early.

This event is organized by the Undergraduate Business Council supported by the BBA Office of Student Life.

For updates on the VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, or any of UBC’s other great events, like UBC on Facebook at: or follow UBC on twitter at:

09/19: From Wall Street to Hollywood: Thomas Tull – VIP Speaker Series

This event will be rescheduled this event due to circumstances beyond our control. Keep on checking back for the new date. Thank you!

The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series Fall 2013 kicks off with Thomas Tull, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legendary Entertainment.

September 19, 2013
Union Ballroom
Host: Tom Gilligan, Dean of the McCombs School of Business

Thomas Tull and Legendary have financed a long list of record-breaking film hits, from the Batman Franchise to the Dark Knight Franchise and Hangover (1 and 2) to Inception. Since founding the company in 2004, Tull has combined his entrepreneurial acumen, deep understanding of film finance and true passion for movies, comic books, video games and fantasy fare to achieve great success in the co-production and co-financing of event movies.

Tull came to Hollywood from the world of venture capital and private equity and introduced a new way of financing: He raised a $500 million production fund from private equity firms. Legendary was one of the first companies to be able to combine a major picture production with major Wall Street private equity and hedge fund investors.
Read more about Thomas Tull on the Undergraduate Business Council’s Facebook page and sign up for the event.

The VIP Distinguished Speaker Series, organized by the Undergraduate Business Council, strives to bring the most influential and relevant business leaders to speak to UT students regarding current matters.

All UT students from various majors and backgrounds are invited and encouraged to attend the events. Each event is 1 hour long, consisting of a 30-minute interview portion, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from the students in attendance.

And here is the line-up for fall 2013:


Meet the Top Consulting Companies – apply by 09/18

Company Field Trips are designed to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the working world. The Undergraduate Business Council will host several trips this year to Dallas, New York, Houston, and Seattle. All of these trips focus on a specific major or job type such as consulting or investment banking.  Some of the companies visited in the past include McKinsey & Co., The Boston Consulting Group, Goldman Sachs, Evercore, and J.Crew. At each of these visits you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the company, network with alumni, and talk to recruiters.

Company Field Trip Dallas: McKinsey and Company


The next Company Field Trip organized by UBC will take students to Dallas on Friday, September 27 to visit:

- Bain and Company
- Boston Consulting Group
- McKinsey and Company.

All three companies hold the 3 top spots in the Vault Consulting 50 rankings.

Deadline to apply is September 18 at 11:59pm.


9/10 – HBSA presents: 33rd Annual Company Night


The Hispanic Business Student Association is hosting its signature Company Night Career Fair on September 10th, 2013 from 6 – 9 PM in the McCombs School of Business Atrium. Company Night is now in its 33rd year and will be featuring a multitude of high-caliber companies including Deloitte, CapitalOne, KPMG, Shell Oil, Goldman Sachs, New York Life Insurance, Accenture, and others. Resumes and student IDs are required and business professional dress is mandatory.


Come and join the university’s “Most Outstanding Organization” for a night of opportunity!


Date:              September 10, 2013
Time:             6 – 9 pm
Location:       McCombs School of Business Atrium

McCombs Kickoff 08/26 – Meet your team leads Eileen & Forrest

McCombs Kickoff – August 26

The event is now sold out!
Please find waitlist instructions at the bottom of this post.


Eileen Kao

Year: Senior
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Plano, TX

“It was so encouraging coming into my freshman year knowing a few familiar faces. I loved the opportunity to get to know new people before the school year started and it was a great introduction to different organizations.”

Working as a Nordstrom Retail Management intern this summer, Eileen knows a thing or two about fashion and especially about spending her time at UT in style.

This former Resident Assistant of Jester West has been a member the Undergraduate Business Council as well as a member and current president of her business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi (DSP). For the past five semesters, Eileen has served as a Tower Tour Guide, leading eager viewers to the top of our iconic landmark.

Aside from serving as President of DSP, a job in itself, Eileen will continue to work as a Tower Tour Guide and in the spring will venture to Vienna, Austria to study abroad. Get to know this extremely sweet team lead at McCombs Kickoff, maybe she’ll take you on one of her tours of the tower! Come meet Eileen!


Forrest Ripley

Year: Senior
Major: BHP/Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

“I met several of my best friends and one of my roommates at McCombs Kickoff and also got connected to some of the organizations that have greatly impacted my college experience”

If you have any questions about anything, chances are Forrest Ripley can answer them. Don’t let this team lead’s sense of humor fool you, he really knows how to get down to business. during his time at UT, he’s served as President of the Honors Business Association,  an Orientation Advisor, and played on 22 IM sports team, winning two championship shirts.

This summer he has been interning in San Bernadino California for where he worked to improve daily operation in the warehouse. When he gets back to Austin, aside from attending every sporting event under the sun, he will be serving as Vice Chair of Texas Blazers, a men’s service organization as well as being the supervising peer mentor for the Business Honors Program. Get to know Forrest and ask him any questions you have about BHP, Longhorn Sports, how to adjust to college, or how to juggle because he’s pretty good at that too.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peak into the many experiences that the McCombs Kickoff Team Leads have to offer. Get to know all 51 team leads at McCombs City Limits on August 26th to learn about their unique experiences here in McCombs and on the Forty Acres.


Waitlist Instructions:

The event is now sold out and the online waitlist has also filled. There is still a chance that you can join in the fun:

  • Show up the day of the event if you’d like to be added to our manual waitlist. At  9:30 check in will open, participant will sign in and will be asked to come back at 10:30 to fill out your forms if the name makes the waitlist.
  • However, if these participants on the waitlist don’t show up, we will move on to the hand written waitlist of the day of the event.

If you’ve any questions, feel free to contact Betty Castillo-Rios at [email protected] or Oscar Barbosa at [email protected].


Countdown to McCombs Kickoff 08/26 with Neal & Janet

Freshmen and transfer students:

Have you marked your calendars for McCombs Kickoff on August 26?



Neal Makkar

Year: Junior

Major: BHP/Finance

Hometown: Katy, Texas

“As a freshman, McCombs kickoff helped me meet several of my best friends at UT. We got to spend the day making new friends, exploring the amazing city of Austin, and asking our team leads about college life.”

This former McCombs Kickoff attendee is involved all over the 40 Acres including the Texas Undergraduate Investment Team, Indian Cultural Association, Honors Business Association, McCombs College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee (CTBAC) andTexas Blazers, a men’s service organization on campus.  Adding to his list of accomplishments, Neal has been a Summer Analyst with Goldman Sachs in Dallas, Texas. Last Summer, Neal got to study abroad in Scotland with his team lead, Michelle Moon. So if you’re interested in a summer study abroad program or visiting Scotland, you can talk to two out of many team leads that have been involved with the program.

For his junior year, Neal plans to stay involved with his many organizations, specifically organizing Texas Blazers’ signature philanthropy event known as the Frisbee Fling, an annual Disc Golf tournament around campus that raises money for scholarships for students from East Austin high schools. Come meet Neal!


Janet Zhou

Year: Junior

Major: Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Plano, Texas

“It gave me a better sense of what the McCombs culture was like, and allowed me to get integrated within the Business School right off the bat.”

This summer Janet has been exploring Houston thanks to her Supply Internship with BHP Billiton Petroleum where she’s been working on the cutting edge of the oil and gas industry. When she’s not doing awesome internships, she’s actively participating in Intramural sports and acapella singing with the Asian American Campus Ministry (AACM). Janet is also the Co-Founder and President of the Texas Chinese Dance Company. But don’t let Janet’s fun recreational side fool you. She’s also involved in the Asian Business Students Association (ABSA) where she served as the Professional Director and Professional Vice President last year.

This year, Janet is excited to serve as a mentor in ABSA and meet the new freshman class. She also plans to start a Social Entrepreneurship Team to allow members to get hands-on exposure to working with non-profits and social enterprises, something she has always been passionate about. So if you think entrepreneurship is something you’d like to explore during your time at McCombs, some say hello to Janet!


Join them on August 26th, and be sure to buy your all-access pass before they sell out at
For any questions, contact the McCombs Kickoff Chair, Oscar Barbosa at [email protected].
See you there!

McCombs Kickoff 08/26: Meet Ezequiel & Fer

Freshmen and transfer students:

Have you marked your calendars for McCombs Kickoff on August 26?



Ezequiel Calderon

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Pasadena, Texas

“A day doesn’t seem too significant when you compare it to weeks, months, or years, but McCombs Kickoff sincerely catapulted me into the networking groove that I needed to build the one I have today.”

From studying abroad in Madrid, Spain to getting to see the new Google Glasses, Ezequiel is one of the most interesting and friendly people you will meet this year at McCombs Kickoff.

During his time at UT, Ezequiel has been involved with the GLBTQA Business Student Association, Longhorn Singers and the Gateway Scholars Program. He also worked as a Peer Advisor in the McCombs BBA Programs Office, so he gives great advice about classes!

This summer he’s been in San Jose, California interning with PwC in their management consulting group and has loved working in the high tech atmosphere of Silicon Valley. This fall he will be interning with the ZACH Theatre in Austin and will be working with their Development Department where he will help organize fundraisers and actual shows on stage. He’s so excited to get back into music and the arts!

If you want to see Ezequiel’s million dollar smile, just ask him about riding in a hot air balloon for his 21st birthday at McCombs Kickoff.


Fernanda Alvarez

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico


“At this event, I got to talk to student leaders who inspired me to get involved in the McCombs community, and I’m so grateful to them for that that I’ve been paying it forward every year since. I also got my first taste for what UT life is like and a lot of the advice that I carry with me to this day.”


Maria Fernanda Alvarez, or Fer as her friends call her, is one of the fabulous team leads you should get to know at McCombs Kickoff this year.

Fer is a member of the Texas Orange Jackets, a women’s organization that serves as the officials hosts for the University of Texas. She is also the former Academics Director for the Undergraduate Business Council, where she has been a member for the past three years and has worked closely with Administration on strengthening the BBA curriculum in McCombs.

This summer, she has been interning in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Target Headquarters with their Enterprise Loyalty Strategy Team and has been enjoying the beautiful Minneapolis weather. At her last year at UT, Fer will be continuing an internship with Kinnser Software, as well as leading the freshman class in the the Undergraduate Business Council as a First Year Leadership Co-Chair, and will serve as the VP of Special Events for Orange Jackets. Come say hello to Fer!


Join them on August 26th, and be sure to buy your all-access pass before they sell out at
For any questions, contact the McCombs Kickoff Chair, Oscar Barbosa at [email protected].
See you there!

Meet your team leads – McCombs Kickoff August 26

Freshmen and transfer students:

Have you marked your calendars for McCombs Kickoff on August 26?



Josh Hu

Grade: Senior

Major: BHP, MPA

Hometown: Plano, Texas

“The people you meet at the event become your classmates, best friends, and mentors. Meeting great leaders at McCombs Kickoff also encouraged me to become involved in McCombs!”

Josh may be leaving for Scotland to study abroad this Fall, but that’s even more of a reason to learn about his experiences as a leader in McCombs at McCombs Kickoff. This Business Honors Program Student Recruiter has served as the External Director, External Vice President, and President of the Asian Business Students Association (ABSA) in McCombs as well as the ABSA organization representative to the Undergraduate Business Council. He’s excited to serve as a mentor in both organizations upon his return in the Spring.

Josh has also had his share of traveling along both the East and West Coast with his current summer internship with GE Capital in Connecticut and his internship last summer with

During his off time, this former President likes to play basketball with his intramural team, the Basket Brawlers. We also hear he’s a great dancer.


Morgan Lucey

Grade: Junior

Major: Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Milwaukee Wisconsin

 “Being an out of state student, I did not know a single person coming to Texas…Because not many students know each other before the Kickoff, it forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and talk to strangers. For me, these strangers soon became my friends, classmates, and study partners.”

If you’re looking for some advice about careers and networking, Morgan is the Team Lead you need to get to know. This year, Morgan will be a mentor for Target Your Future, a weekly seminar that seeks to develop networking skills and foster professional development, where she will be organizing networking events and planning activities for her team. During her time at UT, Morgan has also been a member of the Supply Chain Management Student Organization and the McCombs Leadership Program.

Morgan is definitely targeting her future with a summer internship with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance working in Information Architecture where she working on strategy and high level design for IT related projects.  She also got a new puppy which she says “is a full time job in itself.”

Morgan will also be studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland this Spring so get to know Morgan at McCombs Kickoff! Who knows? She might be your mentor this semester at Target Your Future!


Join them on August 26th, and be sure to buy your all-access pass before they sell out at
For any questions, contact the McCombs Kickoff Chair, Oscar Barbosa at [email protected].
See you there!

McCombs Kickoff, August 26, meet your team leaders!

Freshmen and transfer students:
Have you marked your calendars for McCombs Kickoff on August 26?

McCombs Kickoff a fun-filled day of networking for new McCombs students and the best way to meet new friends, find out about student orgs and ask upperclassmen about McCombs and college life.

At the event you’ll have the chance to meet 50 current McCombs students! We’ll feature some of them on this blog over the next weeks, so that you’ll know them when you see them at the Kickoff.

Garrett Oliveira

Year: Senior

Majors: Marketing and Government

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

 “McCombs Kickoff has been a huge stepping stone for me at UT. It’s given me introductions into the best organizations and people on campus.”

Meet one of your Kickoff Team Leads, Garrett Oliveira. Garrett is a Resident Assistant for the University of Texas Football and Basketball student athletes, is a brother of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, and a member of Texas Blazers.

Garrett recently returned from his semester abroad at the University of Economics in Prague and says “it was definitely one of the best decisions of my life.” While abroad, Garrett was able to make lasting friendships, run the Prague marathon and travel all over Europe; including a trip to Italy where he took a five story dive off the Cinque Terre Bridge.

Now that he’s back, he plans on assisting his government professor, Sean Theriault in authoring his 4th book, as well as serving as a tutor and big brother at Eastside Memorial High School.

Kayla Messamore

Year: Senior

Majors: Engineering Route to Business

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

 “I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today going into my senior year if it   wasn’t for that day I spent out in the heat on McCombs Kickoff.”


Kayla Messamore, one of the last remaining ERB majors is as interesting as she is rare. During her time at UT, she has been involved with the Undergraduate Business Council as Technology Director, a member of the College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee for McCombs, a Social Dance teaching assistant, and an undergraduate research assistant. All while finding time to play on an intramural ultimate frisbee team and compete in case competitions.
Kayla  just returned from her internship in Shanghai where she worked for a design, manufacturing, and logistics company. With graduation around the corner in May, she plans to enjoy her senior year by going out with her friends, partaking in social dance adventures, and doing some research on the side. Be sure to get to know Kayla at McCombs City Limits!

Join them on August 26th, and be sure to buy your all-access pass before they sell out at
For any questions, contact the McCombs Kickoff Chair, Oscar Barbosa at [email protected].
See you there!

McCombs Kickoff for freshmen and new tranfers – August 26

Welcome to all incoming McCombs Freshmen and
Transfer  Students!
You’re invited to McCombs Kickoff!
Mark your calendars for August 26!

What better way to make new friends and learn about McCombs than McCombs Kickoff?




Kickoff is all about you and getting to know your new community, McCombs and the great city of Austin! The Undergraduate Business Council puts together a fun-filled day with lots of networking.

The day starts on campus with team building activities at McCombs.  Next you’ll join the boat party on Lake Austin for lunch and then take a swim in the 68-degree waters of Barton Springs Pool, voted the “Best Swimming Hole in Texas.” We’ll finish off the day in style with a concert in Zilker Park.

You’ll network with freshmen, transfer and current students. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the different McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations and ask questions about college life and McCombs from upperclassmen. You’ll get to meet 50 student org leaders representing all majors and interests! And we’ll introduce you to them over the next weeks on this blog, so you can get to know them.

Austin is known for its many festivals and live music scene, so this year’s theme is “McCombs City Limits.” Just like Austin City Limits, you will enjoy local food and music, have fun, and make new friends. This is certainly not a day to miss.

 “It definitely was a great way to meet people and ease into the business school. All the people who were team leads were really passionate and excited, and it made me excited for the opportunity to go to a school like that.”
-Ed Zhang, Senior, Finance and Economics

“Kickoff is a great way to meet new and current McCombs students. You build your network from Day 1 and that way you already know people when you go into classes.” -Charlie Adkins, Sophomore, BHP/Accounting

“I met some of my best friend at the McCombs Kickoff last year and it was a great way to get to know the McCombs community.” -Montana Blair, Sophomore, BHP


So join us August 26th, and be sure to buy your all-access pass before they sell out at For any questions, contact the McCombs Kickoff Chair, Oscar Barbosa at [email protected]. See you there!




Leadership Awards: Apply & Nominate NOW


The Barbara Jordan and George Mitchell Leadership Awards recognize two first, second, third, and fourth-year business students for their outstanding leadership qualities and service to the McCombs School of Business.

McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations that foster and produce these leaders are encouraged to apply for one of two McCombs Organization Awards: Most Improved Organization and Most Outstanding Organization.

Recipients of the awards will be invited to attend a breakfast with the Deans of the business school as well as the Honors Day Convocation where the awards will be presented.

For more information and the application itself, go to and make sure to submit all necessary forms online, and turn in the application itself to the Office of Student Life by the deadline, March 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM.


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