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Awards and Honors

Congratulations to the following for being honored at the 2015 Haslam College of Business Honors Reception:  Jeannie Goodman for the "Innovation and Creativity Staff Award", Dallin Alldredge for the "Michael J. Stahl and Gregory M. Bounds Graduate Research Award", and Phillip Daves for the "Richard C. Reizenstein Outstanding Commitment ot Students Award".  Finalist included: Brandy Hadley for the "Allen H. Keally Graduate Teaching Award" and Tracie Woidtke for the "Martin & Carol Robinson Outstanding Teaching, Research, and Service Award".  Congratulations to all finalists and winners.


Congratulations to Laura Cole, being honored as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.  You can read the entire article or Laura's article here.


Congratulations to Andy Puckett, David Cicero (University of Alabama), and Lee Biggerstaff (Ph.D. graduate from UT finance department, now at Miami University of Ohio) for their paper, "Shirking CEO's" being picked up by the Harvard Corporate Governance Blog. You can read the blog here.


Congratulations to Ray DeGennaro who was awarded The Outstanding Entrepreneurship or Innovation Research Proposal by a faculty member through the UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Are Angel Investors Too Eager to Get Back in the Game? He was also awarded $1000. You can read the complete article here.


Congratulations to Andy Puckett, who received the Martin & Carol Robinson Excellence in Teaching, Research & Service Award at the April 2014 CBA Honors Banquet.

Congratulations as well to Deborah Harrell who recently was awarded the 2014 Sharon Pryse/The Trust Company of Knoxville Finance Faculty Award.  It was presented at the 2014 Department of Finance Advisory Council meeting.

Karen Craig's paper, "Home Country Impacts on Cost in the Rule 144A Market" has been accepted for presentation at the International Finance and Banking Society Conference in Lisbon Portugal, June 2014.

TVA Investment Challenge Update

Students from the University of Tennessee did very well in the TVA Investment Challenge program in 2013, with a 39+ percentage return, and they earned a $5,906 prize for the school. Since its inception in 1998, the University of Tennessee has been awarded over $121,000 in prize money, and UT teams have outperformed the S&P 500 for three consecutive years in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

TVA’s Investment Challenge Program is a partnership between TVA and 25 universities in the TVA service territory that provides hands-on experience in financial asset management and performance-based awards the universities can use to enhance their business school resources. Student teams actively manage real stock portfolios for TVA, designing long-term investment strategies and selecting investments under the guidance of faculty members and within investment guidelines established by TVA.� Thousands of students have participated in the program since it began in 1998, and a number of them have been hired by TVA and other employers in the region after graduation. �

The students composing the UT team are selected in both the spring and fall semesters based upon the applications they submit. In order to apply, students must have completed Finance 301 with a C or better and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all upper-division business courses. In addition, students must submit the following materials: A letter (including current GPA) indicating a desire to participate in the TVA Investment Challenge; A brief one-page discussion of the student’s background and why they should be selected as a portfolio manager; and a resume.

Though not required, students may also submit a letter of recommendation along with their application. Applications are submitted to the staff in the Masters Investment Learning Center (HBB 201), and are generally due by April 1 during the spring semester and November 1 during the fall semester. �The TVAIC provides some college credit as Finance 495, which may be repeated for a maximum of three hours.� Typically students receive credit of one hour the first semester and two hours the second semester.

The faculty advisor is Mr. Darren Williams, UT Lecturer and Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Martin and Company Investment Council.� For questions about the program, please contact Mr. Williams at, or view the information about the program here.

McDonald cited in WSJ

Mike McDonald, recent graduate from the doctoral student in Finance, was cited in the Wall Street Journal on his research into the relationship between political campaign donorship and financial gain. You can read the WSJ review here: Wall Street Analysts Tap into Capital Gains. 


Department of Finance Earns CFA Institute Endorsement

The Department of Finance at UTK has been invited to participate in the CFA University Recognition Program with the 1) Master in Business Administration in Finance and 2) Bachelor of Science in Finance degree programs.  In exchange for participation in this program, UTK:


Fauver Research Cover Story in Indian School of Business Research Quarterly

Professors Art Durnev, Larry Fauver and Nandini Gupta present a summary of the findings of their analysis of gubernatorial speeches in the US and find positive association between levels of optimism and abnormal returns in investment and employment in the state depending on the optimistic or pessimistic speeches in the VOL 1 ISSUE 1 October � December 2013 issue of the ISBRQ. Read the findings here.



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