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  • Marriott School Student Duo Wins International Ethics Competition Wednesday Dec 13 2006

    A pair of Marriott School students proved to be the winning combination at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s 2006 International Ethics Case Competition. Philip Arias and Sarah McMullin, both undergraduate students at BYU’s Marriott School of Management, earned first place at the fourth annual ethics competition.

  • Student Investment Fund’s First Venture Exceeds Expectations Thursday Dec 07 2006

    Cougar Capital, a student-run investment fund at BYU’s Marriott School, saw its first investment significantly outperform projections when the company’s stock closed on its opening day at 57 percent above its initial public offering. Riverbed Technologies, the company in which Cougar Capital invested, specializes in the production of Steelhead appliances, which address latency and bandwidth problems that computer network applications often experience.

  • BYU Entrepreneurs Place Second in Fortune Small Business Competition Friday Dec 01 2006

    Brigham Young University students Tim Wessman and Adam Robertson took second place in the recent Fortune Small Business Student Showdown in New York City with their surveying company, Precision Surveying Solutions. The competition admitted 38 student entrepreneur teams from universities across the country who presented their unique business ideas to a nine-judge panel.

  • BYU Wins 2006 International Business Case Competition Wednesday Nov 29 2006

    For the second time in three years, a team of Brigham Young University students took first place at the Center for International Business Education and Research Case Challenge Nov. 1–3 at The Ohio State University. Teams from 12 universities, some as far away as New Zealand, took part in the annual competition, where undergraduate business students presented their solutions for a given business case to a panel of judges.

  • Average Investors Shouldn't Be So Confident, BYU Study Shows Wednesday Nov 15 2006

    An increase in the stock market's overall performance, like the one that took place in October, can turn inexperienced investors into trade-happy amateurs, according to Brigham Young University business professors in a study published in The Review of Financial Studies. "When investors start off in the market, they tend to trade pretty conservatively," said Steven Thorley, the H. Taylor Peery professor of finance at BYU's Marriott School of Management. "In periods where the overall stock market performs well, they see a good return on their portfolio and figure they are good at picking stocks, so they start to trade more frequently."

  • BusinessWeek says BYU MBA is Fastest Return on Investment Wednesday Oct 25 2006

    Brigham Young University’s master of business administration program provides graduates with the country’s fastest return on their financial investment, according to BusinessWeek magazine. As reported in this week’s issue of the magazine, BYU MBA graduates take less than four years to pay off their education, compared to 14 years for Harvard graduates and 15 years for those from MIT. The reason? BYU’s Marriott School of Management charges a relatively low tuition and students command very competitive salaries at graduation, says Joseph Ogden, Marriott School assistant dean.

  • BYU Professor Featured in BusinessWeek Online Article Wednesday Oct 11 2006

    Texas transplant and BYU business management professor Andrew Holmes was recently profiled by BusinessWeek Online as students’ favorite professor at the Marriott School of Management. The article is one in an ongoing series by BusinessWeek Online highlighting business professors who rate exceptionally well with students.

  • Wall Street Journal Ranks BYU MBA Third School ranks second as place to hire ethical graduates Wednesday Sep 20 2006

    The Wall Street Journal ranked Brigham Young University’s Master of Business Administration Program third among regional schools in the paper’s 2006 report of top business programs, up from sixth in 2005. The Marriott School was listed second as the best place to hire MBAs with high ethical standards.

  • BYU Student Business Featured on Thursday Sep 14 2006

    Precision Surveying Solutions is featured on as one of 12 semifinalists in Fortune Small Business’ fourth annual business plan competition. The company, owned by MBA student Adam Robertson and Tim Wessman, took second place in BYU’s 2006 Business Plan Competition. The article on displays a brief overview of the twelve semifinalists; readers are asked to vote on their favorite.

  • BYU ranks 70th in new U.S.News & World Report survey Monday Aug 21 2006

    Brigham Young University is ranked 70th in U.S.News & World Report's annual survey, "America's Best Colleges," with the Marriott School of Management's undergraduate program ranked among the top 50 in "Best Business Programs," coming in at 37th. The Aug. 28 issue of U.S.News & World Report, which hits newsstands Monday, ranks about 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities by mission and region.

  • BusinessWeek Highlights Confectionary Connoisseur as Innovative Champion Thursday Jul 27 2006

    Firefighter, doctor and teacher are common answers to the elementary classroom question: what do you want to be when you grow up? But in Hershey, Pa., global chocolatier might get a few votes — especially from Andrea Thomas’ kids. Thomas, Marriott School alumna, mother of three, and possessor of what may be the sweetest corporate title to date, was recently highlighted as one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Champions of Innovation.

  • BYU Team Wins Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge Childhood dream becomes a reality Wednesday Jun 07 2006

    In fifth grade, Bret Rasmussen’s notebooks were filled with sketches of shoes, more than a decade later he’s still designing shoes and this summer he’ll travel to China in search of a suitable factory to produce his innovative designs. The dream started to become more of a reality this year after placing first at the Utah Entrepreneurial Challenge and winning $40,000.

  • Business with Integrity: Principles for Building Leadership in Organizations, Communities and Families Thursday Jun 01 2006

    The Marriott School of Management will host its 11th Annual BYU Management Conference June 29 – July 1, 2006. This traditional event will feature internationally and nationally renowned speakers such as Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Chairman, Huntsman Corporation; Kim Smith, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co.; Bruce Reece, President and CEO, Bonneville International Corporation; and Elder Ben B. Banks, Emeritus General Authority and Director of Hosting, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Marriott School Alumnus Featured in Journal of Accountancy Chief Accounting Officer encourages graduates to maintain high spirits and high standards Thursday May 11 2006

    It’s not everyday you reach into your mailbox and see your face staring back at you from a magazine cover. Marriott School alumnus Brian Mower says this is one of many surprises hard-working BYU graduates may see from the professional world. The Journal of Accountancy recently highlighted Mower’s quick rise to chief accounting officer of a public company.

  • U.S. Dept. of Education Awards BYU $1.4 Million for International Business Training Tuesday May 09 2006

    The U.S. Department of Education awarded BYU a four-year grant worth $1.4 million to continue its work as a Center for International Business Education and Research. The grant allows BYU to work with other CIBER schools across the nation to improve international business and language courses. Brooke Derr, director of the Marriott School’s Global Management Center, spent last summer drafting the proposal with help from center staffers and Associate Professor Kristie Seawright. According to Derr, some of the key factors in winning the grant include an extensive offering of business language courses, BYU’s geographic location and several proposed programs.

  • Dell CEO Tells Graduates to Dream Big, Maintain Balance Wednesday May 03 2006

    It is not everyday students hear from someone whose life surpassed their dreams. Dell CEO Kevin Rollins spoke to Marriott School graduates encouraging them to dream big and live even bigger at Friday’s convocation. Rollins, the keynote speaker, told students that in addition to dreaming big they should work hard, give back and maintain balance.

  • BYU Undergraduate Business Program in Top 10 Friday Apr 28 2006

    BusinessWeek magazine ranked Brigham Young University’s undergraduate management program eighth overall and first among recruiters in the most comprehensive ranking of U.S. undergraduate business programs to date. The magazine cited the program’s stellar accounting program and ethics-based education as strengths.

  • BYU Accounting Students Placed Second at Deloitte National Case Competition Tuesday Apr 25 2006

    A team of Marriott School accounting students earned second place at the 11th Annual National Student Case Study Seminar sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation. Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. took first place. Other national finalist teams represented Pennsylvania State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  • BYU Professor Explains How to Keep Customers Happy Thursday Apr 20 2006

    Two weeks before Kristen DeTienne moved into her new home, she called the phone company to pre-install a new phone line. The company didn't come through and she had to live for weeks without a phone. "The organization later faced a class-action lawsuit, and I got a rebate check as part of the settlement," said DeTienne, a Brigham Young University professor of organizational leadership and strategy in the Marriott School of Management. "Customer service problems can be very expensive for companies, and a lot of times they don't think about the long-term costs and the loss of loyalty issues they create."

  • BYU Business Professor Appointed Fulbright Scholar to Moldova Friday Apr 14 2006

    Scott M. Smith, James Passey Professor of Marketing and director of the BYU Institute of Marketing, has been selected as a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar to Moldova. The Fulbright Scholar program is sponsoring Smith to develop a marketing and entrepreneurship curriculum in the small, former Soviet-block country.