Front Cover
 At a glance
 Focus on experience
 Focus on innovation
 Focus on partnerships
 Focus on scholarship
 Focus on research
 Back Cover

Group Title: Dean's report, University of Florida Warrington College of Business
Title: Dean's report
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Creator: Warrington College of Business Administration
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2006
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    At a glance
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Focus on experience
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Focus on innovation
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Focus on partnerships
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
    Focus on scholarship
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
    Focus on research
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    Back Cover
        Page 33
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Excellence. It's a word you hear and see every day. But at the
Warrington College of Business, excellence isn't just a word. It's a
tradition. For nearly a century, we have successfully built partner-
ships and connections that imbue students' educations with real
meaning of the importance of effective and principled business
practices. We do this with a focus on leadership, ethics, and

At Warrington, we focus on setting and attaining ever-higher goals
of excellence. Every year, we look to do something radically differ-
ent, not merely tweaking a program here or there, but coming up
with a whole new program design or delivery method, or a new way
to measure productivity. You can't get better by doing what you did
in the past; you always have to be looking ahead. These strategies
must involve thinking about the need and the willingness to change,
and looking at new alternative ideas. That approach led us to
develop Internet-based degree programs, specialized master's degree
programs, a wide range of activities in entrepreneurship, and helped
us to be an innovator in ethics.

It's that commitment to continuous improvement, to partnerships
with business and alumni, which makes learning and teaching at
Warrington so unique, valuable, and rewarding for our students and
faculty. So, it is with pride that I share our 2006 Dean's Report with
you. As you read, you will understand the reasons for this pride:
development of new and exciting programs, incredibly talented
and ingenious students, and a faculty known the world over for
their research.

Best wishes for a great year,

John Kraft, Dean


July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006

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Students who pursue an undergraduate
business degree at the University of Florida
are provided an educational experience that is nationally recognized for
academic excellence. Through classroom instruction and interaction with
faculty, our students develop an ability to reach effective business decisions
by recognizing and defining problems, examining alternatives, and effectively
communicating successful solutions-the type of skills in high demand by the
business world.

U. S.News c \\lorld Report
"America's Best Colleges"
ranked UF's undergraduate
program 17th among public
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Student Competitions
Putting the Best to the Test
Case competitions bring out the best in our students, requiring
them to put what they've learned in the classroom to the test, solv-
ing real world problems, in a fast-paced, high pressure environment.

First Place
Personal Finance Case Competition 2006 (University of South
Undergraduate Business Leadership Conference (Emory University)

Second Place
Calloway School of Business Marketing Summit (Wake Forest
Emerging Leaders Conference Case Competition (University of

Third Place
2006 Johnson & Johnson College Case Competition

In the Classroom
Bringing Concepts to Life
The Elizabeth B. and William F. Poe Center for Business Ethics
Education and Research was endowed in 2004, continuing the work
of the Poe Business Ethics Program instituted at the College in
1998. The goals of the Center are threefold:

To increase the visibility of ethical issues among
college and university students

To provide forums for thoughtful analysis of
important ethical problems in business

To influence students to become competent and
responsible business citizens

One of the principle activities the Center employs to provoke
thought and discussion of business ethics is through its speakers
series. During the 2005 academic year, the College was host to an
outstanding assembly of lecturers.


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International Initiatives

UF Establishes Overseas Presence
The College experienced a significant increase in the number of
undergraduate students studying abroad during the 2005 academic
year, thanks to the College's Electronic Platform (EP) course format.
Using these Web-based classes as a foundation, new study abroad
opportunities were created in France, England, and Spain. In this
first year of implementation, 135 students participated in these
WCB-sponsored programs. These three programs allow students to
take UF business courses in a format they know well, with the same
excellent UF instructors who teach on campus. This format also
allows our students to keep on pace with their progression towards
graduation, as well as helping to ease the transition of studying in a
foreign country. In addition, the entire educational experience is
enhanced by requiring students to take courses taught by faculty at
our international partner schools, where they can learn the language
and culture of their host country.

Overall, about 300 undergraduates studied abroad during the last
academic year, marking an 8 percent rise over last year. This increase
is due, in large part, to the active involvement of the Undergraduate
Programs Office (UPO) in the promotion and marketing of

Overall, about 300 undergraduates
studied abroad during the last
academic year, marking an
8 percent rise over last year.

international opportunities for students, which previously had been
handled almost exclusively by the university's International Center.
As part of Warrington's advertising efforts, videos promoting study
abroad were produced and made available on the UPO's website;
UPO staff also participated in study abroad fairs at UF and other
Florida universities.

In 2005-2006, the College was also pleased to welcome 67 exchange
students to UF, hosting undergraduates from Australia, France,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein,
Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands,
and Trinidad.

Communications Initiatives

Warrington Undergrads in USA's Top Three
Two Warrington undergraduates were winners in the Association
for Business Communication's National 2005-2006 Student Writing
Competition. Kimberly Holker and Christopher Laden, students
enrolled in "Writing in Business" during fall 2005, came in first and
third, respectively. Kimberly Holker, the first place winner, will
receive $300 and Christopher Laden, $100. The Association for
Business Communication (ABC) is an international organization
that promotes excellence in business communication scholarship,
research, education, and practice.

In this year's competition, students were asked to respond to a real
world business case, writing a one-page memo as the assistant to the
Vice President of Public Affairs for Kraft Foods Inc., persuading
Kraft's CEO to adopt their strategy to mitigate the impact of
negative media attention about Kraft and their products. With this
case, ABC encouraged students to "think critically about the
influence of mass communication and its potential impact on a
company's reputation and its bottom line." A panel of academic
readers first reviewed all qualifying entries and selected finalists and
then the winning responses were selected by a panel of business
professionals who read the finalists' entries.

The director of Warrington's Center for Management
Communication, Fiona Barnes, Ph.D., and the course instructor,
Jane Douglas, Ph.D., are particularly pleased with the results-not
only because this is the first time they entered students into this
competition, but also because each class is limited to submitting
only two entries.

"Winning first and third places the first time we entered our two
students into this national competition is very rewarding and
exciting," Barnes said. "And, we particularly respect the ABC writing
competition, first due to use of its real world cases, and especially
because business executives-rather than academics-make the
final decision on winning entries. This external recognition will help
our students understand that our course and the communication
strategies we teach are directly applicable to their experience in the
business world, and will play an important role in promoting their
workplace success."

The 2006 Student Writing Contest was open to undergraduate
students enrolled in a business communication class during the
summer or fall 2005, or spring 2006.

Winning first and third places the

first time we entered our two students

into national competition is very

rewarding and exciting


Online BSBA Program Opens New Doors

Check out Bill Miller's full presentation, Using
Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Shape the World
Around You, online at www.cei.ufl.edu. You can
view a product demonstration at

Bill Miller says "IKAN"' to Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship teacher Bill Rossi wrapped up last semester by
telling students in his Online BSBA class, "I like to reserve this last
class for a particular message that I would like to give you all. I
always look for a special example that I can use to try and crystallize
that message for you, and I have found that example..."

But, lest you think all of this [entrepreneurship] is about starting a
company, Rossi admonished, or even working as an intrapreneur in a
larger, established organization, it's really more than that. Entrepre-
neurship is a way of thinking. It's having a set of goals; it's refusing to
allow adversity to be anything more than a challenge that you've got
to mount to meet your goals. Shortly, I'm going to introduce you to
a person who is your classmate, and he is also a quadriplegic...his
name is Bill Miller. I find him to be an unbelievable example of what
I'm talking about-in terms of entrepreneurship being a way of
thinking-and an amazing human being."

Entrepreneurship is

a way of thinking

And so he is. Foremost, Bill Miller (BSBA 2008) is the epitome of an
entrepreneur, according to Rossi's definition. But he is also an entre-
preneur in the traditional sense. Many descriptors fit Bill: college
student, huge Gator fan, software programmer, inventor, photo
enthusiast, footwear junkie, motivational speaker, bowler-and, yes,

As far as Bill is concerned, it's just another adjective. He was a typi-
cal student in 1997, a math major at UF who planned to earn his
master's degree and teach. But, two days before his senior year was
to begin, a short fall changed his world.

"My roommates and I decided to have a party," Bill recounts, "and I
had way too much to drink. I was told I made it to my bedroom
under my own power. Friends checked on me and I was fine; a
couple of hours later, they found me face down on the floor. I had
tripped and because I was inebriated, couldn't break my fall. I dislo-

cated two \ertcbr.e in m11 neck, nd that led to the olnd ition in
\ hii h 1 no: functionn, and that is as a Cl-2 ientildtor dependent
qu.idripl-ghi c."

Bill s.i\s it's similar to the late Christoph ci RPeexe's condition. a m.n
he greatlX admired. Like Pee'ie. Bill \'.as determined to continue li. -
ing his life, complete i ith setting and a.ihiexing goils. He % iXited his
present condition not as a pioblein, but a ihalllenge-and chiallenges
are also opportunities. Bill sa\s.

"Since 2)000)," Bill e\pl.ins. "I speak e\er\ fixe '\ecks at Anthonu
Hous', a honele"ss shelter in Zell\.v:'od. Adults there go thi otugh a
four-\,eck'lite skills' program. The\ think they've got problcms-- and
then I drive in-in this giant \v.helchair \\ith the ventilator and
thc'rc like. '"h God i'in ;glad that's not Incl' That's probably %i \hat
mIa\ action would be, ntEre I not in this situation. But. bN the end of
m\i pi; sentuation. I think th.t the\ can sal 'i eli. in.ibe I can handle
m\ situation a little bit better.' And that's the idei."

H,:,ie.tr. Bill l:o'c'ked for\\ard to getting back to a ital part of his
pre-accidcnt agenda: finishing his college degree.

"The Online Business Pro':gramn at UiF \.as the absolute pertect oppor-
tulnity for me to do that. I had al\'.laNs wanted to be a graduate ,t the
uni. ersit\'. and when other online schools started popping iup, I kept
-\aiting; I knei the\ would do it et.e ntuill. UF offers t\\o online
bachelor's progr.Ams no~i '-the other is in tilt and eniergencv\
sert ices, so I didn't think that \;as too apprO:priate." Fill saj\s -ith a
sl\ grin. "so I chose business, and I'll be gradiu.ltin;g ith honors in
the smaller of 2')0S."

Bill uses voiie iecognitilon soft\'.are, toi which he has \ written more
than :11:11:1 custom commaii nds, tto make hIis compute ruser-fl endl\.
He tikes t\\- courses eiah fall ,nd spring, one in summer, and sa's
that's cnoiiugh because le \\wa "pi ett bus\" betioe lhe st.irted b.ick to
school. \\'ith \ hat Io:u a.sk? .A traditional entrepilenetiTril endea'.or. of
Cii tl sc '.

Bill's \'heelchair is controlled b\ .1 sip .nld puff" Imnechanismn .ind he
a;is so: adept at dri% ing it, his stepmnother thought he should be able
to go boiling. She ,t.is right. Bill sa\s, but it took .1 while to get there.
He quicklA disc:o ered there wCere no sports for people in power

v\'heelchairs with his lexel of inimu onl\ spectator situations like
stationIar\ iamps for bowlers.

"'Soeone else puts the ramnp on the lane. the ball on the rimp. aims
the .imnp. and pushes the ball." Bill explains, "That does me ibs'olute-
11 no good. The concept I had in mind wais an attached ran.mp; all I
need is s:omeione to load the ball ind I'll drite forwx.ird. aiming is I
go. and when I stop. it ,.ill come down and get released-- process
much like n iabic-bodied bowler.

C The Online Business Program

at UF was the absolute perfect

opportunity for me )

He got together \with tailn\ friend Cl.ud G igtuere. retired CMX
engineer, and the t 1:,' \ :iuld e\entuall) be credited with co-initenting
the I.AN Bo\wler The\ built .1 wooden prototype\' and knew the\
had something, but to turn it into ain entrepreneur il venture \,.,uIld
take .1 lot more work.

in 2002, thci brought in \-incent Tifcr i whose father had ,worked
\ ith Claude at GM I to build ; better prcott:t pe. Tifer had had set.eral
sutce:ssful star t-Ltps and. togeth, r. the\ 'i: mred MGT Corpor.ition:
Mantitacturing Genuinre Thrlls .

"Because that is trul what we're doing," Bill states, "if you'dd eier
been ion the line's \ hen a fltst-time bd Ic lr usest tlhe IKAN B,:,3~ler.
it's Iust magic, it really is. The looks on their faces-l'i.e seen teats ot
io\ on theii faces and those o their ft iends and tamnilies-- when the\
get a spare or a strike, it's trulN a genuine thrill."

Bill Rossi beg gin his last class it 2 00:,-21)) bI s'a.ing he feels blessed
to h.ive met Bill Milli. One \ou've met this .oung m.an, o hear d
his storN. NOi:,u cannot hl t teel the samie.

The mission of graduate education at the
Warrington College of Business is to produce
individuals with advanced knowledge in their fields who are prepared
to creatively address issues of significance to the local and global
community. The dynamic partnership between experienced faculty
and enthusiastic, curious, graduate students generates ingenuity,
excitement, and innovation.

The 2007 L S. .Nc's \'orhl
Report rankings of NIBA
programs placed the
University of Florida 20 th
among public universities in
the U.S.



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Alumni Mentor Program

Rhys L. Williams has co-founded two early stage
biotechnology companies along with prominent
faculty from The Scripps Research Institute in
Lajolla, Cal. and Palm Beach County, Fla. He
serves on a number of Boards, including
Warrington's Center for Entrepreneurship and
Innovation, Leadership Florida, the Florida
Chamber of Commerce, and the Phoenix-S.K.
Society of Harvard University (he earned his
bachelor's degree from Harvard University
magna cum laude). Rhys Williams was granted
the UF Alumni Association's Outstanding Young
Alumni Award in 2006.

The Role of a Lifetime
Everyone agrees that one of the most valuable aspects of any MBA
program are the networks and relationships that are formed with
peers, which play an important role long after books are closed and
classes end. The Florida MBA Alumni Mentor Program plays an
important role for current students and graduates, presenting both
parties an opportunity for the give and take learning experience of a
lifetime. Rhys Williams (JD 1993; MBA 2000), a fifth-generation
South Floridian and dyed in the (Orange & Blue) wool Gator, is
devoted to creating the synergy this kind of relationship stimulates.

"My experience as a Florida MBA student was nothing less than
transformational," Rhys says. "Attending in my early 30s, the pro-
gram empowered me to retool with fresh, highly relevant skills, and
to master cutting edge subject matter so that I could take my career
to a next competitive level-specifically, coursework in technology,
finance and entrepreneurship. My impression of the intensive
two-year experience can only be expressed in highest superlatives."

My experience as a Florida MBA student
was nothing less than transformational

However, Rhys says, in looking back, the thing he valued as much as
working with bright, motivated teammates with eclectic back-
grounds was the opportunity to be mentored by professors who
made a profound commitment to assist in his success-especially
Professor Arnie Heggestad and the entire finance faculty. His
involvement in student organizations such as the MBA Association,
Graduate Women in Business, the MBA Investment Team, and
Florida Blue Key provided a unique forum to develop group-cen-
tered and leadership skills. But the Alumni Mentor Program gives
students the kind of coaching and support that can only come from
others working in their field, so when the MBA Program came
knocking, Rhys jumped at the chance to get involved. Mentors make
a significant commitment by joining; the application process
involves phone interviews and candidates are also asked to submit
bios and photos. MBA staff from all functional areas (ie., Career
Services, Alum Relations, Student Services) assemble the mentoring
teams, connecting students with alums with similar backgrounds,

those working in their preferred career field, or who work in a loca-
tion that the student will be targeting upon graduation. Given his
law degree and experience in early stage ventures (he is admitted to
the Florida and New York Bars), Rhys was matched with dual degree
(MBA/JD) student Simon Rodell, who was concentrating in finance.

"I invited my protege, Simon, to attend the Florida Venture Capital
Forum Annual Conference in January 2006," Rhys says. "Given his
background, skills, and interests, I knew he would gain relevant
insights into his primary career focus-high-growth, early stage
business ventures-and that he would meet some very influential
entrepreneurs, attorneys, and venture capitalists who might some-
how be able to assist him."

Rhys says that what he didn't know at the time was how much he
would get out of the meeting; it also gave them the opportunity to
exchange ideas and do some "focused brainstorming" on potential
career tracks and relevant contacts. Rhys says that it turned out to
be the ideal job shadowing experience-and that he probably
gained as much from the experience as Simon did!

Simon Rodell Finds the Best of Both Worlds at UF
"As a joint degree candidate, I was looking for a mentor who could
describe the most productive ways to use both a law and business
degree. The Alumni Mentor Program paired me with Rhys
Williams, a JD/MBA now in the business sector. Rhys and I devel-
oped a professional relationship over the course of the year and he
allowed me to shadow him at the Florida Venture Forum. At the
conference, he gave me his insights on venture transactions from the
perspective of both a small business and angel investor, introduced
me to new contacts, and gave me advice on how to create more
effective presentations. As a mentor, Rhys taught me an immense
amount about venture capital and small businesses, and helped me
focus my job search in a direction where I can channel my interests
in law and business into an exciting and productive career.

I finished my second year of the four-year JD/MBA program in
spring, and after completing my first full year of law school in the
fall, was invited to join the Florida Law Review in February. I spent
the rest of the spring semester balancing my MBA classes with

writing a case comment for the Review. My case comment, which
was selected for publication in the September issue, is entitled
"Antitrust Law: The Fall of the Morton Salt Rule in Secondary-Line
Price Discrimination Cases." The comment describes how the

Supreme Court's recent
decision in Volvo Trucks
North America v. Reeder-
Simco GMC reconciles the
Robinson-Patman Act with the
policy goals of the nation's other
antitrust laws. This summer, I'm
interning for the Honorable Steven
Merryday, a federal district court
judge in Tampa, and putting the
final touches on my case comment."

As a mentor, Rhys
taught me an
immense amount
about venture capital
and small businesses,
and helped me focus
my job search

Learn more about becoming a Florida MBA Alumni Mentor
online at: www.floridamba.ufl.edu


Alumni Mentor Program

Before joining the Florida MBA cohort, Bill Bradford
was an associate professor at Indiana University
School of Law, where he received the Best New
Professor Award in 2005. He has published numer-
ous journal articles and currently serves on the
Editorial Board of the Journal of National Security Law
and Policy and several Review Boards, including the
Cambridge University Press.

Lawyer Hits Jackpot With Florida MBA
Bill Bradford (TMBA 2007) is a student who has already racked up
an impressive list of professional credentials and accomplishments,
including a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the
University of Miami, and a master's degree in international law from
Harvard Law School. It's a road that has been heavily influenced by
his family background; his father, an American soldier of Croatian
and Scottish descent, and his mother, a nurse, is an Apache Indian.

"In 1987, when the intifada shook the foundations of regional order
in the Middle East, my interest was captured," Bill says. "What could
inflame such passions, and what I could do to help bring peace to a
region close to the hearts of family friends from Israel and Syria?"

These questions led him back to school and, in 1995, he graduated
from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in Political Science in
international relations. His dissertation, a politico-psychological
model of U.S. decision making in Arab-Israeli crises, and his
commission in the U.S. Army Reserve conjoined to earn him a spot
on a team tasked by the Chairman of the Joint Staff to perform
politico-military analysis in the Bosnian theater of operations.

People at Warrington were committed to
their students in the way that matters most,
especially for career-changing students

"In 1996, the horrors I witnessed in the former Yugoslavia-the
birthplace of my paternal grandmother-added urgency to my
longstanding desire to contribute to an international future free
from such tragedy," Bill says. "The collapse of Yugoslavia and the
resultant barbarism compelled me to direct my scholarship and
service more pointedly toward the prevention of mass atrocity and,
failing that, to the punishment of the perpetrators."

Once again, his family's past influenced his future. He began his
legal education at the University of Miami certain that he would
focus in this evolutionary area of inquiry upon completion of his
J.D. But following his legal training, which included a year at
Harvard Law School to complete his LL.M., he entered legal acade-
mia, and proceeded to make some significant theoretical and

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thi hospital t anu \ \ ld4.n111h, ii h ild to A]i .1 .n MIBA.
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let i ini, '. lihat rth 1 li: t,:r *i t .iluinii l ti 10o1ns h1.1d d nlltictit d .111
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.111 i1mpoi t.n itprotssicnal :n1. ni cit: I. He s mi ths ti ,s kind or c,'.ti.a
cttcr t "ina.ic it cilc.1 t him thit t pt di p opl it ii\\.I in toln \iil
coinmittid tt: rh1ii sttdents in hie ic .1 tlur m.nittci s nm ,st. csptlc:iall
toi .car ti iihaniiln- stud ints: d .cim.pini industii i ncitlo s that hIlp
tu t.i:ilt.atc Inditistr r- plict-:mint .,nd c.ictl d .&hc.lcpm nt.

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m.idi tlti smari t 'lic and Ein int IFr i \'s in1st \'. 1ntCed, .and
hlic i: 1 c would N -ist .,hcili \ in ,. lici :'lb it:ti\cs in tli hospit.Ihit
nduist\ : Fl.u d.i "

John Eder (MBA 1997)
"1 blic'. thOit liIF is im.kin. a r.C1r. ndoius t ln'.str inic il th l c dlc.i-
tiun otf f1 tu 1 1 i di. s l ill til hI'spitaihal tiiId v\'.-t i rlic [ n ln ,:Ot rli
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crs,:ii cs. I i:n prouli to p.irtiip.iti c i thic Ai.lilmnni Nknt':r prof, raii
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C ,onomi,, i.biliti i is tri ibl .


Careers and Placement

Joel Eigege is from Jos, Nigeria. He earned his
bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Mich.). As an
undergraduate, he was a Student Fellow at the
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, where his
design team researched measurement of thermal
radiation produced by the earth.

Big Things Can Happen in Small Places
Joel Eigege (MBA 2006) came into the Florida MBA Program with
similar goals as most entering students, he says, with dreams of get-
ting not just any job, but a higher paying job, in the dream city, with
a loftier job title and out-of-this-world benefits. A former engineer,
today, Joel proudly states that he can say one dream has come true
and one goal has been met: he is now a Senior Financial Analyst for
a Fortune 500 Company in Miami.

Joel says that he realized coming into the program that not all
students land that "dream job" and some are left to settle-for jobs
they never dreamed of, in cities they never knew existed-merely to
pay the bills. As prospective students, candidates try to avoid similar
fates by going to the top-notch institutions, so they can better
position themselves.

the best things an MBA program can
provide are exposure to the right
opportunities and the necessary tools
to seize those opportunities

"Prior to coming to UF, I was somewhat apprehensive about the
location and size of the program," Joel admits. "Could such a small
program and a secondary market provide me the level of exposure
to company recruiters I felt was needed to succeed? Would I be able
to get the exposure to companies I was interested in-and would I
be able to leverage the program's established relationships to arrive
at a job I wanted, or, like many others, have to settle?"

In addition, one of Joel's greatest concerns coming into the program
was making the shift from engineering-he wondered would one
year be ample time to learn the principles of business. But the
Option A Program is tailored for individuals like Joel who are look-
ing to make a career shift, and the structure guarantees you don't
miss any of the instruction attainable in a two-year program. Once
he joined the cohort, Joel was pleased to find that the pace perfectly
suited fast learners such as himself; being matched with other
superior candidates ensures that classes move at the rigorous speed
necessary to complete an MBA in one year.

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Careers and Placement

Trina Glidden received the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
during all four of her years at Brown University. A
percussionist in the Brown University Wind
Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and the Brazilian
Ensemble, she combined her passions to write her
senior thesis, Tradition for Sale: Music and Cultural
Tourism for Sale in Cuzco, Peru. As an undergraduate,
she was also a Knowledge Intern at the World Bank,
assisting in research and the creation of the
Development Gateway, a social development initia-
tive. Trina has spent time studying and working in
Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Bolivia.

From Non-Profit to Corner Office
Trina Glidden (MBA 2006) was a Latin American Studies major as
an undergraduate at Brown University. Adopted by Americans, the
major gave Trina the opportunity to learn about the history and
culture of her Peruvian birthplace. Upon graduating, she found "a
great job fit" at an international non-profit adoption agency, and
worked there for two years. Trina says she found great fulfillment in
working with clients, yet, after two years, saw no opportunities for
career advancement. She also found other aspects of the non-profit
frustrating, and she began to explore prospects in the corporate
sector. Because of her non-business background, Trina felt that a
two-year Traditional MBA Program would best help her bridge the
gap between her work experience and her professional goal.

"I was attracted to the Florida MBA Program because it offered
Latin American Studies and international business concentrations,
which catered to my existing academic and professional experience,"
Trina says.

Two of her first-year courses, "Introduction to Supply Chain
Management" and "International Logistics," intrigued her, and her
summer internship at RaceTrac Petroleum triggered her interest in

In addition to the rigorous academic challenge, Trina enjoyed the
activities regularly scheduled by the program to assist students with
career searches. One such activity helped her find her current

"The GBCSO-sponsored trips allow students to observe day-to-day
operations and discuss career opportunities," Trina explains. "I met
with CSX and applied for a manager trainee position within a one-
year rotational program. Speaking with key people during the field
trips helped me during the interview process, because I was able to
demonstrate that I truly understood the inner-workings of the

.......... .. .. ..

Company Networking Events
The GBCSO launched an innovative series of off-campus events in
2005 to bring students together with key Florida businesses, giving
them opportunity to network with upper level decision makers. In
targeted company venues, VP/Chief Officer/Director-level executives
spoke with students regarding their specializations, career paths and
progress, as well as qualities they seek when recruiting prospective

The 2006 Financial Times
Global MBA survey ranked UF
first among U.S. publics in
career progress

Certificate in Hospitality Management
In recognition of the importance of the hospitality sector to the
vitality of the state, the Warrington College has created a new
Certificate in Hospitality Management (CHM) to give students the
skills to capitalize on the burgeoning career opportunities in the
industry. The State of Florida reports that in 2004 the tourism
industry had an economic impact of $57 billion on the state's
economy, and with 76.8 million visitors-a record number-Florida
is the top travel destination in the world. The CHM is open to all
graduate business students and courses required for the certificate,
taught jointly by faculty of the Warrington College and UF's College
of Health and Human Performance, include:

Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism
Hospitality and Tourism Planning and Development
Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism
Introduction to Real Estate
Management of Service Operations
Hospitality Law and Risk Management
Customer Relationship Management


The Ph.D. Program at Warrington
Each academic unit within the Warrington College of Business
offers a course of study leading to a doctorate in a specialized area:
accounting, decision and information sciences, economics, finance,
management, or marketing. At mid-year 2006, we had 97 Ph.D. stu-
dents in residence. The College graduates approximately 10 students
annually, the majority of whom take positions at other universities
in the U.S. or abroad.

Warrington seeks to train students to conduct first-quality research
in their chosen area of concentration. The program emphasizes the
development of research skills, and students actively engage in
research from an early stage in their studies.

Coursework is a crucial component of this training, and each
department offers a schedule of rigorous, demanding courses.
However, the difference between "good" and "great" Ph.D. programs
lies in the quality of interaction between a student and faculty
members. The craft of research is learned by undertaking projects
under the guidance of accomplished professors. The College's
strongest asset in training Ph.D. students is, therefore, its cadre of
devoted, active researchers who maintain an "open door" policy
toward doctoral students. Once a student has been admitted, the
faculty work to find the best way of helping that student succeed.
The learning environment is friendly and cooperative, rather than
brutally competitive.

Although the College has a single committee to oversee the Ph.D.
program, each department's procedures are customized to reflect
the nature of the material and the job market in that particular area.
Over the years, we have learned that each department must have the
freedom to design its program in a way that maximizes the com-
bined productivity of its faculty and students. Different depart-
ments may thus provide somewhat distinct experiences, but they
all lead students to the same goal: an ability to conduct excellent
research, and to disseminate new information to their students
and other constituencies in the outside world.

Research & Awards
Mark Cecchini (PHD 2006) accepted a position on the accounting
faculty at the University of South Carolina. His dissertation was
awarded the American Accounting Association's AI/ET Section
Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Laura Gonzalez is a third year Ph.D. student in finance whose work
focuses on financial institutions. She is currently examining whether
banks were able to distinguish which high-tech Internet firms would
be strong performers during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Laura
presented her paper entitled "Banks and Bubbles: How Good Are
Banks at Spotting Winners", co-authored with William H.
Dial/SunTrust Eminent Scholar of Finance Chris James, at the 2006
Conference on Bank Structure and Competition in Chicago last

Carlos Jimenez is a fourth year doctoral student in accounting. He is
the recipient of the AICPA Minority Doctoral Student Fellowship
(2003-2006) as well as the KPMG Foundation Fellowship. He
discussed one of his papers at the 2005 ADSA Ph.D. Project Confer-
ence and has also attended the AAA Annual Conference and ATA
Mid-year Conferences for the past two years. Carlos has been a
member of the Ph.D. Project Accounting Doctoral Students
Association since 2003, and served on its Planning Committee in

The Filiticial Times ranked UF
twelfth among U.S. public
Ph.D. programs in 2006

Fidan Boylu will begin her academic career
in fall 2006 as an assistant professor in the
Operations and Information Management
Department at the University of Connecticut.
Her article, "Learning in the Presence of Self-
Interested Agents," was nominated for Best
Paper Award at HICSS 2006.

Breaking New Ground in Data Mining
Fidan Boylu (PHD 2006) began working as a research and teaching
assistant at Warrington after earning her MBA in 2002. Her research
involves data mining, in particular, the classification of observations
where the associated data may have been manipulated by self-inter-
ested agents. It is a novel idea, which is based on the well-known
principal agent problem and statistical learning theory, but takes
those results a step further. She had the chance to present her results
at two international conferences, INFORMS 2005 and HICSS 2006,
and in recognition of her discovery knowledge in this area, Fidan
earned a nomination for the 2006 Best Paper Award in HICSS. Her
research shows that results from the statistical learning theory have
to be modified to account for this strategic behavior. Applications of
this concept include credit rating, spam filtering, and college admis-
sions, to name a few. Fidan was particularly interested in pursuing
this topic because of its power to provide information system solu-
tions to related problems that emerge, especially in the business

One aspect common to all data mining methods is that they use
training data without questioning the future usage of the learned
function. More specifically, she stresses, none of these algorithms
take into account the possibility that any previously observed attrib-
utes may have been deliberately modified by their source, when the
source is an individual or group of people. Fidan argues that they
fail to anticipate that human beings might "game the system," and
thus alter their attributes to attain a positive classification-such as
websites that show how to increase one's credit score or a company
trying to disguise fraudulent behavior.

"We investigate this potential strategic gaming and have developed
inference methods to determine better discriminant functions in the
presence of such strategic behavior, and show that this strategic
behavior results in an alteration of the usual learning rules," Fidan
explains. "Specifically, we use rational expectations theory to deter-
mine optimal classifiers that account for potential strategic moves
by points (e.g., people or data generated by people such as spam),
which will be classified. By focusing on a powerful induction
method known as support vector machines, we show that a naive,
non-strategic approach to the problem is misleading in most situa-
tions, and our strategic learning approach results in substantial
improvement in the performance of the classifier."




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Center for International Business
Education and Research (CIBER)
In 2006, UF's CIBER received its second consecutive four-year grant
renewal from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). CIBER will
receive $349,000 per year through 2010 to continue its mission of
enhancing competitiveness of U.S. businesses in global markets.

In its eight years of existence, CIBER has funded a myriad of
activities that address these challenges, including new courses, con-
centrations and degree programs in the colleges of Business, Law,
Liberal Arts and Sciences, Journalism and Communication, Health
and Human Performance and UF's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Research programs have investigated
topics that range from competition in the world orange juice market
to diversification strategies of global media conglomerates to African
entrepreneurship. And, faculty have enhanced their understanding of
current global issues through study tours to Asia, Western Europe,
Eastern Europe and South America; lesson plans and workshops
have even enabled Florida's high school teachers to incorporate IB
into the secondary school curriculum. Highlights of CIBER's
initiatives since 1998 include:

Business in Brazil is a national model for combining language,
culture and business training. About 60 UF students have participat-
ed in this program since it was established. During the six-week,
six-credit summer program in Rio de Janeiro, students spend
mornings studying Portuguese at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos
(IBEU), which offers courses for all fluency levels. Afternoons are
Marketing Professor Bart Weitz was recently interviewed at Gainesville's Oaks Mall spent attending classes (in English) on Brazilian business at
regarding consumer behavior and shopping preferences. Pontificia Universidade Catolica, and visiting companies in financial,
industrial, and service sectors. IBEU arranges housing with local
families, assuring program participants experience complete immer-
sion in the language and culture of Brazil. The unique program
draws students from around the nation, and past participants have
come from universities as diverse as San Diego State, Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern, Kansas, NYU, Iowa,
Massachusetts, UCLA, Michigan and Harvard.

The Business Language Program has grown from essentially non-
existent to a nationally respected program. In 1998, UF didn't even

offer Business Spanish; campus commercial language offerings
totaled two-commercial French and commercial German. In 2008,
UF will host the annual CIBER Business Language Conference,
which has become the premier meeting for the field, broadly known
as "Teaching Languages for the Professions." As a consequence of
CIBER funding, UF now additionally offers business language
classes in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and, most recently,
Arabic. And, we offer a course for graduate foreign language
students on business language instruction. UF's Business Language
Program is carried out by a dynamic team of faculty from Romance
Languages and Literatures, African and Asian Languages and
Literatures, and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Global Telecommunication and Media Competition research has
emerged from joint CIBER and PURC efforts to integrate diverse
strands of related expertise across campus. Multiple professional
journal articles, books, book chapters and case studies have resulted
from the interdisciplinary collaboration. Research results have been
presented at dozens of conferences around the world to academics,
industry groups and policy makers, serving to solidify UF's reputa-
tion for this unique, interdisciplinary core competence.

Filiancial Times ranked UF
eighth among U.S. publics
for faculty research and 26th
worldwide in 2006

Larry DiMatteo, Huber Hurst Professor of Contract Law and Legal
Studies, won 2006 "Best Paper Award" at the Pacific Southwest
Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Joel Houston, Bank of America Professor of Finance, and Professor
Emeritus Gene Brigham's Fundamentals of Financial Management, is
still the most widely used introductory finance textbook in the

Sandra Kramer received the American Taxation Association's
Outstanding Service Award in August 2005 at the American
Accounting Association's annual meeting.

Jeff LePine, Darden Restaurants Diversity Management Professor,
received the 2005 Cummings Scholar Award for Early-Mid Career
Research Achievements in Organizational Behavior by the Academy
of Management.

Rich Lutz, JCPenney Professor of Marketing, was again a finalist for
the AMA Outstanding Marketing Educator Award and was also an
Anderson/CLAS Scholar Faculty Honoree.

Gary McGill, Fisher School Director and PricewaterhouseCoopers
Professor of Accounting, received the American Taxation
Association's Outstanding Manuscript Award in August 2005 at the
American Accounting Association's annual meeting for his paper
"Lost in Translation: Detecting Tax Shelter Activity in Financial
Statements," National Tax Journal (2004), with E. Outslay.

Finance professor Craig Tapley was honored by Rledu for an
interactive redesign of his electronic platform course.

Bart Weitz, JCPenney Eminent Scholar of Retail Management,
received the annual Outstanding Retailing Educator Award
sponsored by the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M,
JCPenney, and the National Retailing Federation.


Journals hosted by the Warrington College of Business
journal of Accounting Literature
Editor: Joel Demski, Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar of Accounting
Co-editors: Bipin Ajinkya and Steven Asare, Deloitte Honor Roll Professor
Associate Editor: Gary McGill, PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting

Journal of Public Policy & Marketing
Editor: Joel Cohen, University of Florida Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing

Marketing Letters
Co-editor: Bart Weitz, JCPenney Eminent Scholar of Marketing

Marketing Science
Editor: Steven Shugan, Russell Berrie Foundation Eminent Scholar of Marketing
Associate Editor: Jinhong Xie

Elias Dinopoulos: Journal of Evolutionary Economics (Editor/Co-Editor)
David Figlio, Knight-Ridder Professor: Education Finance and Policy
David Sappington, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar of Economics: journal of
Economics and Management Strategy (Editor/Co-Editor)

Larry DiMatteo, Huber Hurst Professor: American Business Law Journal

The Canadian Business Research

Project ranked UF fourth among U.S.

publics for research productivity and

14th worldwide in 2006

Editorial Board
Robert Knechel: Auditing: A journal of Practice & Theory
Gary McGill: journal of Accounting Literature, Advances in Taxation

Ad Hoc Reviewers
Steven Asare: Accounting Review
Gary McGill: Accounting Review
Robert Knechel: Accounting Review
Jenny Tucker: Accounting Review

Decision and Information Sciences
Area Editor
Gary J. Koehler, John B. Higdon Eminent Scholar of Management Information Systems:
Decision Support Systems and Electronic Commerce

Senior Editor
Janice Carrillo: Production and Operations ManagementJournal
Asoo J. Vakharia, Beall Professor of Supply Chain Management: Production and
Operations Management Journal

Associate Editor
Harold Benson, American Economic Institutions Faculty Fellow: Journal of Optimization
Theory and Applications; Journal of Global Optimization
Gary J. Koehler: INFORMS On-Line; journal of Information Technology and Management;
International Journal of Business; journal of Database Management
Jane Feng: Decision Support Systems
Selwyn Piramuthu, American Economic Institutions Faculty Fellow: journal of
Information Technology Management
Asoo J. Vakharia: Decision Sciences journal; International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing

Editorial Review Board
Haldun Aytug: Journal of Database Management
Harold Benson: International Journal of Computational and Numerical Analysis and
Applications: International Journal for Rapid Publications in Mathematics; International
Journal of Information Systems for Logistics and Management
Janice Carrillo: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; Decision Sciences Journal
H. Kenneth Cheng, American Economic Institutions Faculty Fellow: International Journal
of Mobile Communications; International Journal of Business Process Integration and
S. Selcuk Erenguc, PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor and Senior Assoc. Dean: journal
of Operations Management
Ira Horowitz, Graduate Research Professor Emeritus: Quarterly Journal of Business and
Economics; Managerial and Decision Economics; Multinational Finance journal; Pacific
Economic Review; Omega; Journal of Sports Economics
Gary J. Koehler: Information Systems and e-Business Management; journal of
Computational Intelligence and Organizations
Praveen Pathak: journal of Database Management


Selwyn Piramuthu, American Economic Institutions Faculty Fellow: Information Systems
and e-Business Management; journal of Computational Intelligence and Organizations
Asoo J. Vakharia: journal of Operations Management

Area Editor
Roger Blair, Huber Hurst Professor of Economics and Legal Studies: Antitrust Bulletin

Associate Editor
Elias Dinopoulos: Associate Editor/Co-editor, Review of Development Economics;
Economics and Politics
Jonathan Hamilton, R. Perry Frankland Professor: Southern Economic journal
Richard Romano, Gerald L. Gunter Professor: journal of Public Economic Theory
David Sappington: Journal of Regulatory Economics; Rand journal of Economics

Advisory Editor
David Sappington: Economics Letters

Editorial Board
Elias Dinopoulos: Economics and Politics
David Figlio: Journal of Public Economics; Public Finance Review
Larry Kenny: Public Choice; Education Finance and Public Policy
Richard Romano: Education Finance and Policy
David Sappington: Journal of Public Policy and Marketing; Information Economics
and Policy

Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Associate Editor
Joel Houston, Bank of America Professor: journal of Money, Credit and Banking; journal
of Banking and Finance; journal of Financial Services Research
Andy Naranjo, William Emerson/Merrill Lynch Professor: Emerging Markets Review
M. Nimalendran, Bank of America Professor: journal of Financial Markets
Jay Ritter, Joe B. Cordell Eminent Scholar: Financial Management; journal of Behavioral
Finance; journal of Financial and Quantitative; Analysis; Journal of Financial Economics;
Pacific-Basin Finance journal; Review of Financial Studies

Associate Editor
Jinhong Xie: Management Science

Editorial Boards
Joseph W. Alba, University of Florida Distinguished Service Professor: Journal of
Behavioral Decision Making
Joel Cohen: journal of Consumer Research
Scott Fay: Marketing Science
Erik Gordon: journal of Marketing Channels
Chris Janiszewski, Jack Faricy Professor: journal of Marketing Research
Mike Lewis: Marketing Science
Alan Sawyer, JCPenney Professor: Marketing Letters
Jinhong Xie: journal of Service Research
Bart Weitz: journal of Marketing


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Overall ranking: 26th
and 17th among publics
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and 7th among publics
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Programs, 2005
18th overall and 14th among publics

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47th overall and 20th among publics


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Overall ranking: 41st
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Value: 10th worldwide and 1st in the U.S.
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Dallas, 2006
Overall ranking: 29th worldwide
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Research Productivity* (2004-2005),
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Overall ranking: 14th worldwide
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