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Student Club Empowers Future Energy Leaders

Originally posted on McCombs Today.

Sam Maslin, MBA ’14, discusses student energy clubs at SXSW Eco

Sam Maslin, MBA ’14, discusses student energy clubs at SXSW Eco

In the face of economic and environmental challenges, McCombs students are poised to take on leading roles in an energy industry that is increasingly seeking sustainable solutions.

“It’s kind of corny, [but] the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Sam Maslin, MBA ’14, who appeared at October’s South by Southwest Eco conference. Maslin noted that recent graduates can very quickly find themselves at the forefront of the industry – sometimes in as little as two to three years. One way students are preparing themselves is through participation in university organizations, such as the McCombs CleanTech Group. “These energy clubs are a really great catalyst for change that happens pretty quickly,” CleanTech member Maslin said. Continue reading

New TVL Scholar Program Enables Entrepreneurs To Fund Their MBAs With A Business Plan

Originally posted by Renee Hopkins on McCombs Today.

Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program will award scholarships to entrepreneurs

Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program will award scholarships to entrepreneurs

The Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) has just announced its new Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program, in which entrepreneurs are awarded scholarships to pursue their startup businesses as part of earning their MBAs.

“Many of our best MBA startups come from students seeking our top-ranked entrepreneurship program, arriving with a business idea and using coursework to incubate their idea,” said MBA program director Christina Mabley. “With the TVL Scholar Program, we are recognizing and funding this fast-growing cadre of MBA applicants.”

The total potential value of each TVL Scholar award is $175,000. Competition winners will receive a scholarship package of $50,000, and their startups will be accepted into the Texas Venture Labs accelerator program, also valued at $50,000. Winners will also be automatically considered for a TVL summer internship and for a prestigious position as a postgraduate Accenture TVL Venture Partner, a combined value of $75,000.

“The Texas Venture Labs Scholar Program pulls together all the attributes that entrepreneurs look for when starting a business,” said Rob Adams, director of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs. “The Austin startup ecosystem, McCombs’ top-ranked MBA and entrepreneurship programs, and the significant track record of Texas MBAs starting businesses on graduation. Combining these attributes with scholarship funding enables entrepreneurs to radically accelerate the development of their business while earning their MBA at McCombs.” Continue reading

McCombs 2nd For Best Professors, Campus In Princeton Review Rankings

Originally posted by Jeremy Simon on McCombs Today.

McCombs School of Business students are among the happiest in the nation when it comes to both their campus environment and the quality of their professors, according to new survey results from the Princeton Review.

Campus environment and professor quality make McCombs students some of the nation's happiest

McCombs has placed in the top 10 for best professors for four straight years..

McCombs placed among the top 10 in two categories — best campus environment and best professors — out of the Princeton Review’s 11 attribute rankings. Based on student responses to survey questions, McCombs ranked:

  • No. 2 for best campus environment, based on student responses regarding how happy they are and how they rate the campus community. Only UCLA scored higher for campus environment.
  • No. 2 for best professors, based on student responses regarding how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible professors are outside the classroom. Only Berkeley professors were rated more highly.

Although earning silver medals in two categories marked a banner year for McCombs, it wasn’t the first time students have given such high marks to the business school. With this latest survey result, the Princeton Review has now placed McCombs professors among the top 10 in the nation for four straight years.

Texas MBA Hits Top 30 – Highest Ever – In Economist Ranking

Originally posted by Matt Turner on McCombs Today.

businessman with briefcaseIn The Economist’s annual ranking of MBA programs, McCombs rose into the top 30 in global rank, and cracked the top 20 on the domestic front—a first for both.

In the British magazine’s 11th listing of 100 full-time MBA programs around the world, McCombs climbed to rank 28, representing its third year in a row to rise and its highest global rank ever in this survey.

Among U.S. schools, the Texas MBA Program jumped to 18, its best U.S. performance ever and the first time to crack the top-20.

The top three global spots, respectively, went to the University of Chicago, Dartmouth and the University of Virginia. Only four U.S. public schools ranked higher than McCombs: Virginia (3), Berkeley (6), UCLA (23), and Michigan (24). Continue reading

Executive MBA Student Mentors Youth Through GAMER Program

The story below features Texas Executive MBA student Joel Neeb, a member of the class of 2014. Originally published by News 4 WOAI in San Antonio.

Randolph Air Force Base Mentors Students Through “GAMER”

With the start of a new school year, a group of local servicemembers are hoping they can keep students in school and on the right track.

Today, airmen at Randolph Air Force kicked off a session of GAMER, which stands for Giving Americans Motivational Education for the Real World. The program, which has partnered with the base for three years, encourages at-risk youth to stay in school, pursue their dreams and avoid drugs and alcohol.

Randolph Base airmen kicked off "GAMER," a progam aimed at helping local students reach their goals and stay in school. Photo courtesy of

Randolph Base airmen kicked off “GAMER,” a progam aimed at helping local students reach their goals and stay in school. Photo courtesy of WOAI.

Major Joel Neeb has participated with the GAMER program and this year is no exception.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to give back something to the community,” Neeb said. “We here at Randolph Air Force Base recognize the fact that our jobs are cool, our jobs are fun, and they’re something that resonates with kids.” Continue reading

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