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Rowling Hall is Coming!

In spring 2013, UT Austin announced a $25 million pledge from Dallas businessman Robert Rowling, BBA ’76, his wife Terry Hennersdorf Rowling, BBA ’76, and their family to fund the construction of a 458,000 square foot graduate business building — Robert B. Rowling Hall!

Rowling Hall will house the McCombs School of Business graduate programs, including the Texas MBA program.  So future Texas MBAs, here’s how our new home is coming along so far:

construction

 

The Beginning of Something Big

The future home of the Texas MBA – Rowling Hall!

Construction plans on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began fall 2014. The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center on the west side of the UT-Austin campus, is projected to open in 2018. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin community. Stand-out features include the active learning classrooms!

Groundbreaking of Rowling Hall

Construction on Rowling officially began on November 7th, 2015.

Rowling Hall groundbreaking

Breaking new ground: (left to right) Associate Dean, Eric Hirst, Dean, Tom Gilligan, Robert Rowling, President Powers, and  GBC President at that time, Maureen McCaffery

Texas MBAs are known for their work ethic. They have established a reputation as leaders, team players…They roll up their sleeves and seek solutions. They take risks and try new things. They make things happen.

– Eric Hirst, Senior Associate Dean of the McCombs School of Business

“Meet me at the Moontower.”

Artist’s rendering of Moontower Cafe

Last year, McCombs held a contest to name the cafe at Rowling Hall.  Students from all six MBA programs responded with 127 submissions.  A naming committee narrowed the list until student Mackswell Dickson, MBA ’16, emerged as winner, gaining a one-year tuition scholarship. Donor Robert B. Rowling was among the attendees at the final winner’s announcement. The winning name, the “Moontower Cafe,” was announced in an email to all students.

Artist’s rendering of Rowling Hall Terrace

Read more about “Rowling Rising.”

Hook ‘Em!

The Road to Rowling: Future Home of the Texas MBA Program

In spring 2013, UT-Austin announced a $25 million pledge from Dallas businessman Robert Rowling, BBA ’76, his wife Terry Hennersdorf Rowling, BBA ’76, and their family to fund the construction of a 458,000-square-foot graduate business building – The new Robert B. Rowling Hall!

Rowling Hall will house the McCombs School of Business graduate programs, including the Texas MBA program. So, future Texas MBAs, here’s how our new home is coming along so far:
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The future home of the Texas MBA – Rowling Hall!

The Beginning of Something Big

Construction plans on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began last fall. The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center on the UT-Austin campus, will open in late spring 2017. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin community. Stand-out features include the new active learning classrooms!

Rowling Hall groundbreaking

Breaking new ground: (left to right) Associate Dean, Eric Hirst, Dean, Tom Gilligan, Robert Rowling, President Powers, and GBC President Maureen McCaffery

Groundbreaking of Rowling Hall

Construction on Rowling officially began on November 7th, 2015.
Texas MBAs are known for their work ethic. They have established a reputation as leaders, team players…They roll up their sleeves and seek solutions. They take risks and try new things. They make things happen.Eric Hirst, Dean of the Texas MBA Program

 

construction

Artist’s rendering of Moontower Cafe


“Meet me at the Moontower Cafe.”

Last fall, McCombs held a contest to name the cafe at Rowling Hall. Students from all six MBA programs responded with 127 submissions. A naming committee narrowed the list until student Mackswell Dickson, MBA ’16, emerged as winner, gaining a one-year tuition scholarship.   Among the attendees to the final announcement were donor Robert B. Rowling and MBA Program Dean, Eric Hirst. The winning name, the Moontower Cafe, was announced by Hirst in an email to all students.

 Read more about “Rowling Rising” or follow Rowling Hall on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.

We’ll see you there in 2017! Hook ’em!

Texas MBA Spring Semester Recap

The end of the academic year is approaching! Congratulations, Class of 2015!
It’s time to look back at some highlights from Texas MBAs this past semester & some of the great reasons #WhyMcCombs:

Omar Garza & Tenaj Ferguson, 2015 TVL Scholarship winners

Congratulations to Omar Garza & Tenaj Ferguson, 2015 TVL Scholarship winners!

Congratulations TVL Scholarship Winners!

This year’s TVL Scholarship Competition Semi-Finals & Finals were held on February 20th. 16 presenters gave their pitch to a panel of judges in hopes of winning the scholarship. Each TVL Scholarship is worth up to $174,000!

Full scholarships were awarded to 1st place and “Best Presenter” winner, Tenaj Ferguson, for Lady Epicure Gourmet all-natural frozen bars & 2nd place winner, Omar Garza, for YouRefund, a tax fraud prevention app. 3rd place was awarded to Phil Trench for VacayBuddy & 4th place was awarded to Patrick Zhang for Concertleaf.

 

Texas MBA '15 & Food Fortunes contestant, Courtney Leffall

Texas MBA ’15 & Food Fortunes contestant, Courtney Leffall

Texas MBA ’15 & The Grillmobile Land a Deal on Food Fortunes!

Texas MBA & 2013’s TVL Scholarship winner, Courtney Leffall, featured his Grillmobile on Food Network’s Food Fortunes in March. Along with his father, Leffall pitched his idea to a panel of judges. After 90% of the audience voted to purchase the product, they landed an investor! This episode of Food Fortunes aired on March 30th.

 

UT Tower lit up burnt orange

Lighting up the Tower for McCombs wins May 12th!

McCombs’ Wins Light up the UT Tower!

On May 12th the UT tower will be lit in honor of McCombs TWO big wins this year:

National Energy Finance Challenge
Sixteen teams from business schools across the country competed in the 9th annual National Energy Finance Challenge this fall and the team from the Texas MBA won for the 4th time in the last 5 years!

Net Impact Graduate Chapter of the Year
The Net Impact community at McCombs focuses on corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability in the business world. This year, the McCombs chapter was named graduate chapter of the year!

Texas MBA staff & student show the "Hook Em" at the Texas MBA Booth at SXSW Trade Show

Hook ‘Em! At the Texas MBA Booth at this year’s SXSWi

 

The Texas MBA at SXSW

The Texas MBA kicked off SXSW this year with a hugely successful Entrepreneurship Night! Current & prospective Texas MBAs mingled with SXSW attendees, local entrepreneurs, and McCombs  faculty & alumni. The Texas MBA also had a booth at the SXSWi Trade Show. We showcased all we have to offer and chatted with people from around the globe about the value proposition of the Texas MBA. We are already looking forward to next year and hope to see you there!

 

The future home of the Texas MBA – Rowling Hall!

Rowling Hall Update

Construction on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began last fall and is making progress! The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center, will open in Spring 2017. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin business community. Stand-out features will be the new active learning classrooms!

 

Hook ’em!

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