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Rowling Hall Cafe Naming Competition WINNER

From our Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Eric Hirst:

I’d like to be the first one to say to you, when Rowling Hall opens in Spring 2017, I invite you to “meet me at the Moontower.”

As you may know, we broke ground for Rowling Hall on Friday, November 7th. It’s an exciting time for Texas MBA andBreaking ground on Rowling Hall MSTC programs.

Rowling Hall is designed to bring together overlapping communities of students, faculty, staff, alumni, recruiters, business leaders, and thought leaders from across campus and around the world. In Rowling Hall, these communities will have the opportunity for spontaneous collaboration, purposeful interaction, sharing ideas and networking.  People will come to the building to collaborate, present their ideas, play and be inspired. We’ll have innovative classroom and study space. We’ll showcase the intellectual capital generated by McCombs students, faculty, and alums. We’ll highlight the experiential learning opportunities of our community and we’ll attract the very best minds to our programs.

The café will be an important hub of activity for the building, offering healthy, diverse options for eating, caffeinating and relaxing in the evening with a beer/wine bar. We have planned the cafe to encourage collaboration and spontaneous interaction. Ideas that “change the world” will be hatched in that space.

Donors Susie and Kenny Jastrow provided a generous gift for the project’s community café. Not only did the Jastrows generously help fund the project, they asked current students to have a lasting impact on the new building by naming the cafe.  The Jastrows offered to reward the winning idea with a prize of a full year’s tuition!

After a rigorous process, we have reached the conclusion of our Café Naming Competition!  It has been a great ride.  We began with 127 entries for the name from students from each of our programs (Full-time, Dallas, Houston, Evening, Executive, Mexico and MSTC).  The Naming Committee narrowed the list down to the top 30.  Students from all programs voted for the Top 5 names.  On Monday, December 1st, finalists gathered for the pitch party.

Moontower 

The name “Moontower” establishes the café as a meeting spot, it pays homage to the cultural history of Austin as well as the iconic tower of the University of Texas. 

The City of Austin erected the Moonlight towers in 1894 as a way to light up multiple blocks at the same time.  The Moonlight towers made streets safer and made citizens more comfortable.  The State of Texas recognized the towers in 1970 as State Landmarks, and the City embarked on restoration projects for the 100 year anniversary in 1995.  

As Austin has developed and grown into a first-tier, international city, a few moontowers have been removed, but their importance as icons of old-Austin is evident through the preservation efforts which seek to reinstate them where possible. Culturally, Moon towers used to serve as safe meeting points for young people to interact and have fun.  The café should serve this purpose in Rowling Hall.   

As the McCombs School continues to gain prominence on campus and around the world, we need to further embrace the rest of University.  A Moontower provides light for blocks around it, and our school needs to continue to be a place of enlightenment.  A Moontower attracts people like a beacon, and we need to continue to bring people together.  Our new building and café will serve these purposes, and should have a name that fits: Moontower.

2014 Texas MBA Diversity Forum Recap

The 2014 Texas MBA Diversity Forum was this past weekend, November 14-15, at the McCombs School of Business. The Texas MBA hosted 43 attendees from all over the world, as well as alumni, admissions staff, and current students. Future MBAs had the opportunity to get to know the program through class presentations, information sessions, and networking receptions.

Texas MBA Diversity Forum 2014 Co-Chairs

2014 Diversity Forum Co-Chairs (left to right): Ryan Flaharty, MBA ’16, Rashna Gummattira, MBA ’15, Courtney Leffall, MBA ’15

Highlights from this year’s forum included the “Why Texas?” presentation from Assistant Dean of the Full-Time Program, Tina Mabley, in which she discussed all attributes of Austin’s charm, from its innovative culture to its beautiful weather, outdoor spaces, and thriving arts and music scene. A Master Class presentation by marketing professor Stephen Walls prompted discussions about McCombs’ award-winning faculty and dynamic academic environment. Attendees also learned about student life through interactions with members of current student organizations.

Diversity Forum co-chair Rashna Gummattira, MBA ’15 with alum Roshan Gummattira, MBA ’08

The annual Texas MBA Diversity Forum is always a highly-anticipated, exciting event for prospective students. If you were not able to attend the Diversity Forum this year, check out some of the other events happening on campus to find something that fits your schedule. We hope to see you soon!

Attendees of 2014 Texas MBA Diversity Forum

Texas MBA’s in attendance (left to right) Back Row: Adrian Rizo, MBA ’10, Frankie Arvelo, MBA ’14, Roshan Gummattira, MBA ’08, Front Row: Courtney Leffall, MBA ’15, Kirk Pilliner, MBA ’14, Rachel Callahan, MBA’08, Rashna Gummattira, MBA’15

Hook ‘Em!

McCombs Team Wins National Energy Finance Challenge (Again!)

Last week McCombs hosted the 9th annual National Energy Finance Challenge, and we are proud to announce a team of Texas MBA students took home the victory! Sixteen teams from business schools across the country competed in this year’s event. This is the 4th time McCombs has taken the top spot in 5 years.

The National Energy Finance Challenge is a business case competition focused on real-life finance issues within the energy industry. The purpose of the event is to bring corporate executives and recruiters from world-renowned companies with links to the energy industry into contact with the very best MBA students from around the country, and to provide a unique learning experience for the students involved.

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It’s time to light the UT Tower again in honor of the team’s national win

Congratulations to the McCombs team! This year featured two 2nd years students: Kirk Sisco & Juong Park, and three 1st year students: Eric Franco, Kyle Gabb & Robert Buckwalter.

Thank  you to Cody Evans, Nate Grady, and the Energy Finance Group officers and volunteers for organizing and hosting this year’s National Energy Finance Challenge. Hook ’em!

There’s No Place Like McCombs: Visit Us in Austin and Around the World

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Summer is here!  And with summer comes heat, sun, and travel.  We, too, will be hitting the road for a number of events around the world, and we wanted to take just a quick moment to let you know how you can find us this summer

Below, find a list of opportunities to meet us in a city near you.  If we are not visiting a city near you, then know we are always happy to have you here in Austin!  Austin is a great place to visit over the summer if you too love sun and heat, as well as live music, great food, and many places to take a dip in cool waterAdmissions Officers will be present all summer long, and if you plan in advance with us, we can do our best to have a current student or alumni here to meet you as well, just let us know. 

Without further pontificating, here is our general travel schedule.  Hope to see you on the road!

Domestic Coffee Chats

  • Our current 1st Years are all across the country now working at their summer internships.  We have asked many of them to host local coffee chats, an intimate opportunity with typically no more than 5-6 people, to discuss McCombs and their own experience during the application process through their first year at McCombs. Space is limited, so please register soon to ensure you get a seat at the table.  Visit the following link to see the full schedule and register:
  • McCombs Summer Coffee Chats Registration Link

Diversity Opportunities

  • We will be attending a number of events for the Consortium, MLT, and Forte, and if you are a member of those organizations, we look forward to seeing you there! 
  • If you are not a member of either of these organizations, or if you are and want another opportunity to meet us, we will be at the National Diversity MBA Summit in Washington, DC.  Here are the details:

International Opportunities

  • MBA Tour: We will be visiting many cities around the world with our friends at the MBA Tour.  Please visit their website for exact dates and instructions on registering.  Here are the cities we will be visiting:
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Lima, Peru
    • Bogotá, Columbia
    • Mexico City, Mexico
    • Taipei, Taiwan
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Seoul, South Korea
    • Shanghai, China
    • Beijing, China

Come to Austin

  • If you can make it to Austin, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu.  We will do our best to accommodate a visit with us here at the MBA Program Office.

Other Outreach

  • For a comprehensive list of our Coffee Chats and Tour Events, please visit our website.
  • If you still cannot find an opportunity to meet one of us on our travels, then please make sure to reach out to a current student or an alumnus via our student and alumni directory.  They are happy to answer your questions and offer you advice as you begin the process of researching and applying for B-School.
  • Also remember that once the Fall hits, we will have a whole host of new opportunities to meet us both domestically and around the world, so stay tuned! 

Texas MBA Company Info Sessions At Rackspace

Here with Casey Andrews, MBA ’11

Two Texas MBA program directors and I were treated to a tour of Rackspace company headquarters in San Antonio last Wednesday following a Texas MBA information session held on site. Our tour guide? None other than Lawrence Reyes a.k.a SugarBear, Ambassador of Culture. He took us on the grandest of interactive tours that included peeking into themed departments and conference rooms (think game shows, cereal, 80s movies), viewing installations by local artists, traveling down memory lane in a 1968 Hemisfair gondola chair, and a very quick slide down to the first floor! Continue reading

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