Harvard B-school Summer Venture in Management Program

The Harvard Business School (HBS) Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a one-week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Using the renowned case method of instruction, HBS faculty-led class discussions on current management issues. Participants spend evenings analyzing real business cases, and use morning study groups and classes to examine and debate their ideas through lively interaction with peers and faculty. The academic program is supplemented by presentations from HBS administrators and alumni who provide information about the impact that an MBA degree can have on their lives and careers.

Application deadline: May 17th. Participants will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and personal characteristics.

For additional information, questions, concerns and/or the SVMP application, visit the program website at http://www.hbs.edu/svmp/ or contact Steven Kennington II at steven.kennington@bba05.mccombs.utexas.edu

Join the McCombs Kickoff (formerly BEST) Committee

Help plan McCombs Kickoff (formerly BEST) for incoming freshmen the Monday before school starts! McCombs Kickoff is a day-long, large scale event that invites all incoming business freshmen to spend a day with each other and with current students. The event includes games at Zilker Park, swimming at Barton Springs, a boat party and dinner. The day is an opportunity for freshman to gain experience and have fun with current McCombs students. If you are looking to get involved at McCombs or on campus, this is the right place to start.

The application is open for any McCombs student to be on the planning committee for McCombs Kickoff.  The committee is responsible for the entire budget, planning and execution of the program.  Applications are available at texasbusinesscouncil.com.

May 7th – Senior Send-off

The McCombs Alumni Network cordially invites you to attend the third annual McCombs School of Business graduation celebration, the 2010 McCombs Senior Send-off. This special event celebrates your time here at McCombs and commemorates your entry into the McCombs Alumni Network. Click here to register!

NEW: Please submit photos for a class slide show to alumni.mccombs@gmail.com by Monday, May 3rd.
Who: All BBA, BHP & MPA graduating students. Class of 2010 spring, summer and fall graduates and their guests are welcome.
When: Friday, May 7th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street (intersection of 6th and Brazos) Austin, TX 78701
Cost: $10 per person for advanced online registration (by 5/6), $15 per person at the door. Cash bar available. Ticket includes appetizers, a free t-shirt and a chance to win a Texas Exes Life Membership.
Earn a free ticket: Seniors who participate in the BBA Legacy Campaign at the $50+ level will get free admission and one drink ticket (individuals 21+ only).
Parking: Cabs are recommended. Valet parking is available at the Driskill. Standard rates apply. Limited street parking may be available.
Attire: Casual

The McCombs Senior Send-off is a chance to celebrate with friends and fellow graduates, as well as McCombs faculty and staff. It also presents the perfect opportunity to stay connected with your classmates by getting involved with the McCombs Alumni Network. Plus, you’ll get a free t-shirt and the chance to win a Texas Exes Life Membership!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, May 7th. Congratulations on your great achievement, and welcome to the McCombs Alumni Network! McCombs Alumni Relations & Annual Giving – alumni@mccombs.utexas.edu

Thank you to Texas Exes for sponsoring the Life Membership giveaway.

REMINDER: BHP Graduation Dinner – Thursday, 5/20/10 – Submit your RSVP!



CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments and your upcoming graduation. It is students like you that make BHP as successful and as prestigious as it is. The BHP staff would like to congratulate you and your family with our annual BHP Graduation Dinner. BHP will treat each graduate to a dinner buffet of chicken, beef, and vegetable fajitas. You may purchase tickets for your friends, family or other guests for $7/person.


Date: Thursday, May 20th

Time: 6 to 8pm

Location: Cantina Laredo (201 W 3rd St)

RSVP Deadline: Friday, May 7th (last class day) by 5pm


Please RSVP to this email with the number of guests you will bring no later than Friday, May 7 at 5pm.  Payment for your guests must be brought to the BHP office by this date as well (Cash or check made payable to UT-Austin).


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the BHP office by phone (512) 475-6325 or by email (bhp.recept@mccombs.utexas.edu).



Alumni Board Honors Zuhair Khan as Inaugural Rising Star Leadership Award Recipient

The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board is proud to announce Zuhair Khan, a Business Honors/Finance/History Senior, as the inaugural recipient of the Rising Star Leadership Award.  Khan was recognized for his achievements at the Honors Day ceremony on April 9th and will join the Board in the fall.


Khan has been an officer in five McCombs student organizations, is a member of the Friar Society, and is the host of “Austin’s Green Business,” a weekly radio show.  Khan also works as a researcher in the Center for Business, Technology & Law and spent a semester conducting research in Kolkata, India.   In recognition of his achievements, Khan was recently selected as a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.


Shelley Nix, Associate Director of the Business Honors Program, added, “What separates Zuhair Khan from other students is his passion for making McCombs the best undergraduate business school.”  Khan’s peers describe him as having a tireless work ethic, an unending reservoir of energy, and a genuine passion about everything he does.  The Board saw Khan as having the right combination of perspective and humility to impact many generations of McCombs students and alumni.


“The Board created the award because we wanted to honor a truly outstanding student and to further strengthen the ties between the McCombs program and its alumni” said award presenter and Board member Adam Blum (BBA, Business Honors/MPA 2006) in his speech at Honors Day.  Blum continued, “We wanted to find the next young alumni leader – the next Rising Star – and bring this person onto our Board.”


McCombs Dean Thomas W. Gilligan remarked that “the creation of this award is an outstanding and momentous contribution from our dedicated alumni board which continues to make a meaningful impact on the McCombs community.”


About the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board

The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board leads a network of 67,000 McCombs alums, one of the largest alumni bases of any business program in the world.  The Board oversees strategic initiatives at McCombs, encourages alumni involvement and giving, and strives to make the MPA and undergraduate experience better for current and future students.  The Board is comprised of 27 members, who are leaders in the business world throughout North America and who each have a passion to give back and make McCombs a better place.  Current initiatives of the Board include fundraising for the BBA Endowed Excellence Fund and administering the Rising Star Award for outstanding young alumni, which will be presented in the fall. 


Please visit http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/alumni/mbba/board.asp for more information about the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board.


Attached photo from Honors Day ceremony on April 9th, 2010 (from left to right):

McCombs Dean Thomas W. Gilligan, 2010 Rising Star Leadership Award recipient Zuhair Khan and McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board member and award presenter Adam Blum (BBA, Business Honors/MPA 2006)