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Student chapter named finalist in business case competition

In just its first year as a student organization, the Texas Woman’s American Marketing Association chapter was named one of 10 finalists in the AMA Collegiate Case Competition. 

International competition sharpens business students’ skills

A TWU College of Business management information systems class participated in an international virtual business challenge in fall 2022. The exercise included 6,189 students from 140 universities in 43 countries on six continents. Three TWU students and their respective teams were selected as finalist teams. 

A scientist who means business

While much of humanity spent the COVID lockdown binging in front of a television, Juliet Spencer was improving herself. In addition to virtually conducting her copious duties as director of TWU's School of the Sciences and as a biology professor, Spencer was earning an MBA from TWU.

Graduate says college experience was business degree bonus

Brooke Morlet is graduating from Texas Woman’s University in December with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business. In January, she’ll start a new job as a tax staff accountant with a regional accounting firm in Dallas. For the last two years, TWU professors and her mentor have guided and lifted Morlet to heights that she didn’t think were possible. 

TWU developing pilot training program

Aviation is projected to be among the nation’s hottest workforce demands in 2023. And it’s a workforce need that Texas Woman’s University is working to address, said Rama Yelkur, dean of the College of Business at Texas Woman’s. Yelkur was one of four business leaders in higher education to speak on a panel at the Invest: Dallas/Fort Worth 2023 Launch Conference on Dec. 1 at the Omni Las Colinas Hotel.

TWU alum becomes first woman to hold chief judge post

Texas Woman’s alumna Alia Moses made history in 2001 when she became the first woman to be named a U.S. district judge in the sprawling Western District of Texas. She made history again on Nov. 18 when she became the first woman to assume the role of chief judge in the district.

TWU students tour Peterbilt facility

Members of the Texas Woman’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management visited the Peterbilt facility and were able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the human resources operation in Denton this fall semester.  

Dean's student advisory board hosts Dialogue with the Dean

The Dean’s Student Advisory Board hosted the inaugural “Dialogue with the Dean” at the Administration Conference Tower. 

TWU alumna Tiana James a rising marketing star

Tiana James's road to the L.A. fashion scene is one less taken: Edmond, Oklahoma, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, through the Texas Panhandle and finally to Dallas-Fort Worth.

"You can call me a bit of a nomad," said James, a 2014 graduate of the Texas Woman's University fashion merchandising program.

According to Ad Age magazine, you can also call her a rising star in the ultra-competitive business of public relations and marketing. In September, Ad Age named James one its 2022 40 Under 40 honorees.

Dream to learn English turns to wave of academic achievement

Fernanda Muniz had a dream to spend a semester learning English in the United States. Muniz ended up accomplishing a lot more than learning English. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree and MBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio followed by a PhD in business administration from the University of North Texas in Denton. 

Muniz has a new job at Texas Woman’s University as an assistant professor of marketing in the Department of Management and Marketing.

TWU COB alum finds success in crunching numbers

It took just one accounting class and Caryn Riggs was in love. In love with numbers, that is. They made sense. They were logical to her. The Texas Woman’s University alumna came from a family of educators, and the original plan was to be a teacher. That detour in accounting led Riggs to a rewarding career in finance and accounting.

TWU HCA Teams Take Top Honors at Virtual CAHME Case Competition

Two graduate student teams from Texas Woman’s Health Care Administration Department took top honors at the Virtual TWU CAHME (Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education) Case Competition on Sept. 24.

Finance student recipient of first annual RIA Talent Advantage Student Scholarship

Texas Woman’s Finance student Madeline Griffith is one of 12 students to be awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Schwab Advisor Services' 2022 RIA Talent Advantage Student Scholarship. The scholarship is for the 2022-2023 academic year.

MBA grad leaves big shoes to fill

She left behind a spirited legacy when she graduated from Texas Woman’s with an MBA on May 14, and whoever follows in Leslie Fredrickson’s footsteps is going to have some awfully big shoes to fill.

Like say, size 17 EEE.

TWU Bold LeadHERship Roundtable program provides training to women leaders

Texas Woman’s College of Business and the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership both are dedicated to advancing women leaders, and through their new partnership program, the TWU Bold LeadHERship Roundtable, they are continuing to do just that for Houston women leaders of color.

TWU marketing graduate uses educational experiences to launch career

For Texas Woman’s students, new experiences are the key to success after graduation, as December 2021 marketing graduate Delaney Mallory discovered during her time with the College of Business.

TWU business graduate overcomes obstacles to achieve educational dreams

Students come to Texas Woman’s for a variety of reasons, but the main one is the opportunity to achieve their educational and professional dreams in a caring and supportive environment, as December 2021 dual MBA and MHA graduate Nimishakumari Ahir de Ahir has successfully done.

TWU establishes American Marketing Association chapter

Texas Woman’s is starting a student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), which provides ways for marketers and academics to connect with the people and resources they need to be successful.

Adapting in challenging times: Advertising responses in a pandemic

As advertisers entered 2020, they had big plans with creative new ad campaigns. Then March came—and everything changed. Professor David Rylander, PhD, and Associate Professor Jeffrey Radighieri, PhD, discuss how businesses and organizations can continue to connect with customers in such a challenging time.

TWU leadership chapter earns national recognition

The Texas Woman’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) achieved the status of Founder’s List by demonstrating outstanding effort in the area of chapter best practices and completing its 10 Pillars of Success. The TWU chapter is among the top chapters nationwide being recognized for their commitment and effort to hit this milestone.

The Great Resignation: Could microaggressions play a role at your company?

In recent news headlines, there have been many reports about the Great Resignation that has erupted this year. In June, approximately 10 million job openings were available making a new monthly record since the Great Resignation began. Associate Professor Jason R. Lambert, PhD, examines the causes rooted in social justice issues and perceived differential treatment at work.

What COVID has taught us about working from home

In the spring of 2020, employees virtually everywhere experienced a collision of work and family responsibilities when the pandemic forced them to work from home. College of Business Visiting Assistant Professor Shelia Hyde, PhD, presents findings about the experience and offers tips for helping employees thrive, whether in continued remote working conditions or returning to the office.

HR society recognizes TWU student chapter with national honor

The Texas Woman’s College of Business student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) received the 2020-2021 Superior Merit Award from the national organization for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.

Navigating business in the post-pandemic recovery using FinTechs

Financial Technology (FinTech) companies — start-ups using online software to provide financial services — are creating a significant disruption in the traditional banking industry today, not only technologically, but also in operations, culture and most importantly, customer service. College of Business Professor Mahesh (Michael) Raisinghani, PhD, discusses how businesses can use FinTechs to achieve success.

Alumni Spotlight: Rishi Raj, EdD, BBA ’14, MBA ’16

Alumnus Rishi Raj, EdD, ’14, ’16 came to Texas Woman’s as an international student from India. Though his original plan was to work in the corporate world, he found an unexpected love for higher education.

TWU celebrates May 2021 graduates with drive-thru ceremonies

Texas Woman's held several unique drive-thru commencement ceremonies for its May 2021 graduates.

TWU College of Business faculty and staff recognized for service

Texas Woman's College of Business recognized several faculty and staff members for their service and dedication to the college and TWU.

Students will learn the importance of money management through new initiatives

With 7 in 10 Americans having less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and the average household credit card debt being $16,883, according to Texas Woman’s College of Business Lecturer James Lytle, it is no wonder that money consistently ranks as one of the top sources of individual stress. But TWU has plans to change those sobering statistics, starting with providing financial education programs and services to help students learn money management skills they can use now and in the future.

Business graduate develops leadership skills and finds mentorship at TWU

Texas Womans’s College of Business May 2021 graduate Jokabeth Castañeda believes that the key to leadership is connecting with others. That’s exactly what she has done with the leadership opportunities the university provided, giving her the insight and skills needed to start her career.

TWU taps NY faculty leader as College of Business dean

Texas Woman’s University has selected Rama Yelkur, a longtime faculty leader, professor, accomplished marketing and international business expert and board member — with a strong background in long-range planning, community outreach and fundraising — to head the College of Business. She begins her duties as dean on June 1.

TWU alum’s booming business venture grew out of class project

Wouldn’t it be great to have a cocktail that was already mixed and made with fresh ingredients – and served in a really cool plastic container that would be safe by the pool?

Turns out, that concoction of thoughts was the basis for a sweet business idea that first earned TWU alumna Merrilee Kick an “A” on her Executive MBA capstone project and led to a highly successful venture, BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, which has become the only woman-owned Distillery/Winery/Brewery combo in the United States.

TWU faculty member elected Prospanica DFW chapter president

Maria Gomez Albrecht, PhD/DBA, an adjunct faculty member in the TWU College of Business, was elected Prospanica DFW chapter president for the 2021 term. Prospanica DFW is part of a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and advocating for the growth of Hispanic MBAs and business professionals in corporate America.

Up and Away: TWU marketing alumna pursues long-held dream of flying

Texas Woman’s alumna Shakar Soltani, BBA ’17, has always been fascinated with flying and the airlines for as long as she can remember, but as a minority female, she didn’t dare dream that she could be a pilot herself. But that changed, and Soltani is now on her way to taking flight while bringing much-needed representation to her chosen field.

Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Taylor, EMBA 2011

As the Vice President and Community Development Officer at Veritex Community Bank, Courtney Taylor, EMBA 2011, is putting the knowledge-base she developed at TWU to work and leading groups of employee volunteers.

TWU celebrates graduates with unique ceremonies

Texas Woman's held a drive-thru commencement ceremony on Dec. 11 and 12 for its 2020 May, August and December graduates at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth to safely celebrate and honor this important milestone for its students. 

TWU faculty member named first recipient of ISACA award

Professor Mahesh S. Raisinghani, PhD, is the recipient of the first-ever ISACA Educational Excellence Award. The award recognizes an educator with inspiring initiatives who has empowered students to pursue careers advancing technology.

Fulfilling a dream of impacting others

Texas Woman’s College of Business alumnus Jonathon Ray Oden (MBA ’17) believes in enriching the lives of others through his work as both a music therapist and an investment advisor. Though juggling two professions is not always easy, for him, the lessons he learned at TWU have been essential for his success.

TWU student uses new experiences to challenge himself and launch career

A Q&A with College of Business marketing student Joseph Mallory

TWU students help identify fraud for senior citizens while learning new skills

In addition to learning about balancing budgets and auditing accounts, Texas Woman’s College of Business students also are taught the value of community service. As several students discovered during a partnership with Guardianship Services, that service can make all the difference in peoples’ lives.

TWU business graduate uses research to develop skills for future career

For Texas Woman’s College of Business fall 2020 graduate Wadzanai Dzvurumi (MBA), research is the key to success. During her time at TWU, not only did she have the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant, but she also was a vital member of a research team and will apply everything she has learned to her future career.

TWU marketing student seeks to expand her worldview by studying abroad

Texas Woman’s marketing student Jessica Arroyo will be broadening her horizons when she embarks on a semester-long study abroad experience in England as a Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholar. Only the second student from TWU to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship, she is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, as well as the support she has received from TWU.

You’re hired: TWU alumna uses social media to help others find work

For many people, social media is a fun way to stay connected to family and friends, but for Texas Woman’s College of Business alumna Heidi Torres (BBA ’20), it’s also a great way to get people hired.

MBA student aims to shatter stereotypes on women, girls

Texas Woman’s MBA student Iswariya Baskar is helping the next generation of women enter the tech world.

TWU alumna Merrilee Kick makes list of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies

TWU alumna Merrilee Kick, founder of Buzzballz/Southern Champion, was named to the list of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies by the Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express.

Kwashae Ruffin (’17, ’20) finds new career as an author

Despite the loss of a daughter, her father and her grandfather, TWU student finds a new chapter and an inspiration for writing in her three little girls.

TWU alumna Merrilee Kick turns class project into multi-million-dollar business

In 2009, Merrilee Kick was a high school teacher enrolled in TWU’s Executive MBA program wanting to make more money to support her family. Things were tough, and she needed a great business plan both for her capstone project and her future. What she got was the inspiration and drive that would completely change her life.

COB professor pioneers experiential learning in her classroom

College of Business professor Pushkala Raman, PhD, began using experiential learning projects long before it became part of Texas Woman’s University’s focus. In fact, Raman had not even heard the term “experiential learning” when she began looking for real-world experiences for her students.

TWU College of Business professor proves experiential learning can thrive online

College of Business graduate students recently served on winning teams in an experiential learning exercise with students across the globe. Students in online project management and strategic information studies classes led by Management Information Systems Professor Mahesh Raisinghani, PhD, took part in X-Culture, a virtual exercise meant to create international collaboration in the classroom.

Capstone project yields success for students, health providers

As one of the largest public hospital systems in the country, Parkland Health & Hospital System handles more than 1 million outpatient visits a year and it fiscal year 2018 it provided more than $1.02 billion in uncompensated care.

The safety-net hospital and the 20 community clinics it operates rely heavily on funding from Medicare and Medicaid, charities and property taxes to sustain its operations. Adequate revenue sources are crucial to the operation of the 125-year-old Parkland system.

With that as a backdrop, two teams of Texas Woman’s University Health Systems Management students this year embarked on a plan to help boost Parkland’s bottom line.

Young mother inspires students to pursue business

Dewaynna Horn, PhD, originally planned to pursue a career in chemical engineering, not business. Then, life happened. Horn dropped out of school twice before committing to college full time at age 21. That’s when business found her. Horn is now an associate professor in management on Texas Woman’s Houston campus and the College of Business’s associate dean for accreditation.

Military service inspires TWU alumna and professor to improve care for veterans

Sometimes, inspiration comes from places we least expect it.

For Sabrenda Littles -- a member of TWU’s Houston nursing faculty, a business owner and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves – inspiration came during numerous hospital waiting room visits as a child.

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