Monday, December 8, 2014

Business Plan Competition for MTSU Students and Alumni 

The Wright Travel Chair in Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition is open to MTSU students and alumni. First prize, $7,500; second, $5,000. Applications and submissions are due by noon Feb. 26.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Jones College Course on Family Businesses

A new course starting in January will focus on family businesses: BCEN 4100.

Assistant professor Jerry Kudlats will teach the class, and Patrick Geho, executive state director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, is helping him line up guest speakers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jones College Honors 3 with Achievement Awards

Jim Ayers, left; Steve Anderson, center; and Rob Harper, right

Jones College has honored three businessmen with achievement awards: banker and philanthropist Jim Ayers (a Parsons, Tennessee, native now living in Nashville), Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award; and two MTSU alumni, technology expert Steve Anderson of Nashville, Jones College of Business Exemplar Award, and developer Rob Harper of Florida, Joe M. Rodgers Spirit of America Award. [details at]

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Entrepreneurship Resources 

Jones College of Business is partnering with 12th and Broad on a venture provide resources and information for entrepreneurs. It will feature interviews with the new chairholder of the Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship, Bill McDowell. [Tennessean article]

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jones College Annual Report 

The Jones College Annual Report 2013-2014 is online now.

Millennial Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference

REGISTER NOW for the Jones College Conference "2020 Millennial Game Plan: Maximizing Millennial Entrepreneurship and Innovation" on Oct. 31 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Keynote speakers are Matt Thornhill and John Martin of GenerationsMatter and John Boyens of the Boyens Group. [register]

Jones College Partners with Dale Carnegie 

Jones College is entering an exciting partnership with Dale Carnegie to provide training in "soft skills" to all Jones College majors so they will be even better prepared for the workforce! (read more)

Jean Wilson, an instructor and coordinator of career planning in the Department of Management and Marketing in the MTSU Jones College of Business, gives a two-minute presentation on job interviews as part of August training sessions given to College of Business faculty and staff at the Business and Aerospace Building. Those going through the training will become certified instructors for Dale Carnegie courses and will teach College of Business students the courses as part of their curriculum starting in spring 2015. (MTSU photos by Andy Heidt)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Value of Student Organizations

In today's Daily News Journal, marketing major Andrew George discusses his role as Student Government Association president. He notes "he was not heavily involved in university life when he was a freshman, but joining organizations turned around his entire student career."

Monday, August 25, 2014

MTSU Foundation Honors Paula Thomas

Accounting professor Paula Thomas was honored Friday as the 13th recipient of the Career Achievement Award during MTSU’s Fall Faculty Meeting at Tucker Theatre. [article]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seminar July 24: How to Start a Business

The Small Business Development Center will offer a seminar on how to start a business July 24 at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce from 3 to 6 p.m. [read more]

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

International Fellow

Dr. Thomas Tang, Department of Management and Marketing, was named a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He will receive his award at the closing ceremony of the quadrennial meeting of the International Congress of Applied Psychology in July in Paris, France. According to the Journal of Business Ethics, Tang is being honored for his work in economic psychology and is best known for his research on the meaning of money, love of money, and monetary intelligence. [read more]

Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter

The Jones College chapter of BGS has been recognized as an Exemplary Chapter for 2013-2014. Membership in the international business honor society is the highest honor for a business student at an AACSB-accredited school.

Computer Lab Facelift

This fall Jones College students will find the computer lab upgraded with an increased focus on student convenience and customer service in an open work-centered environment. [read more]

This May 2014 photo shows the existing Jones College computer lab. The lab, closed this summer for renovations, will reopen by fall semester.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Institute for Leadership Excellence

The recently completed Institute for Leadership Excellence included presentations by David Foote, institute director and associate dean of Jones College, and faculty members Earl Thomas and Deana Raffo of the Department of Management and Marketing. [Read more at]

New Leadership Middle Tennessee Director

Patti James has been named the new executive director of Leadership Middle Tennessee. She will replace Susan Taylor, who is retiring. [Read more in the Tennessean.]

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hemby Named NBEA Collegiate Educator

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Virginia Hemby for recently winning 2014 NBEA Collegiate Educator in LA, CA! (At right is Robert Blair.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Enactus Students Help Local Shelter

With funds from a Coca-Cola grant, the Jones College student group Enactus has supplied the Way of Hope Women’s Resource Center with a computer, software, printer, phone system, and retooling of its website. [article]

From L to R, Brad Blomgren, founder and executive director of the Way of Hope; 
MTSU student Eric Wedgworth; Kimberly Bean, director of the Women’s Resource 
Center and program director; and MTSU student Brittany Page. 

CIS Accelerated Degree Program

Computer Information Systems Chair Charles Apigian recently hosted an information session on the new CIS Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's program (ABM).

Nathan Neely was the first student to enroll
in the new CIS ABM.
CIS Chair Charles Apigian
explains the accelerated degree program.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nonprofit and Social Innovation Student Summit

The Nonprofit and Social Innovation Student Summit was a great success. Hosts were Jones College and the College of Liberal Arts with Management and Marketing, Business Communication and Entrepreneurship, and Speech and Theatre (Organizational Communication) departments.
Meagan Flippin, CEO of the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, spoke to MTSU students Friday, April 4, about nonprofit leadership during an opening session at the inaugural Nonprofit & Social Innovation Student Summit at MTSU. (MTSU photos by J. Intintoli)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

RutherfordCABLE Hosts Dean Urban

RutherfordCABLE will feature David J. Urban, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, at its upcoming breakfast meeting Tuesday, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Stones River Country Club. [DNJ article]

Nonprofit & Social Innovation Student Summit

MTSU students looking to turn their passions into careers are invited to the Nonprofit & Social Innovation Student Summit scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Business and Aerospace Building. The summit is free for MTSU students, with 
the first 125 students to register receiving a complimentary lunch. Students may register at

The event is being hosted by the Jones College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts in partnership with the departments of Management and Marketing, Business Communication and Entrepreneurship, and Speech and Theatre (Organizational Communication).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BEST Career Fair a Success

About 150 students visited with 40 prospective employers at the Management and Marketing BEST Career Fair, many looking to hire for positions in management, marketing and sales in an improving economy. [more]

Roger Kovalchik and Andrea Morrow, to his left, of the Hershey Co. meet with MTSU students to answer questions about career possibilities during the BEST Career Fair Monday inside the Student Union. (MTSU photo by Darby Campbell)

New M.S. in Management

As the local job market improves and the region continues to attract good-paying jobs, Jones College hopes its new master’s degree in management will become increasingly attractive to those workforce professionals seeking a boost up the career ladder. [more]

From left, Dr. David Urban, dean of the Jones College of Business, Dan Morrell, director of the Master of Science in Management program, and Dr. Jill Austin, chair of the Management and Marketing Department, talk to graduate student Samantha Montagno during the recent kickoff reception for the M.S. in Management program held at the Business and Aerospace Building. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Dean Urban on WGNS

MTSU faculty and staff shared their expertise with listeners of WGNS radio during the March 17 “Action Line” program.

Dr. David Urban, dean of Jones College of Business, discussed the latest happenings, including an emphasis on professional development skills, in the college as he approaches his first year on the job.

You can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Best for Vets

Jones College of Business is one of 64 schools in the country on the 2014 Military Times list of best business schools for vets.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Reuben Kyle Interviewed on Buchanan Book

“MTSU On the Record” features Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Reuben Kyle, retired professor of economics, discussing his book about the family history of Nobel Prize winner and MTSU alumnus Dr. James M. Buchanan.

The program airs from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 16, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and ).

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Global Commerce: Foreign Investment into Tennessee 

The latest state exporting research from the Business and Economic Research Center reveals: 2013 foreign investment into Tennessee was higher than for 2008-10 combined, and state exports exceeded $8 billion for the second consecutive quarter. Read more in the new issue of Global Commerce: Tennessee and the International Economy

Monday, February 24, 2014

Consumer Survey Shows Confidence Up

Middle Tennessee consumers are more optimistic about the economy in early 2014, according to a survey conducted by the Jones College of Business Office of Consumer Research at MTSU. “More positive consumer outlook measures can signal an increased willingness to spend among consumers, which can further add to any growth in the economy,” said Tim Graeff, director. “Local consumers appear to be increasingly optimistic about continued improvements in the economy.” [ more at ]

Friday, January 31, 2014

Career Opportunity with UBS

UBS, a global financial services firm, is recruiting for their 18-month rotational Graduate Training Program. This on-the-job training is designed to develop management and professional skills. Upon completion of the program, UBS will work with employees to find the most suitable role for the employee and the organization. Although UBS is a financial services firm, this offer is not targeted to finance students; UBS is anxious to recruit students from all business disciplines.

Basic requirements: Candidates must have completed or expect to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree or MBA degree between December 2013 and May 2014 and carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Visit to research the company and potential career opportunities. Interested students should forward resumes to Laura Buckner, Interviews will be conducted early in February.

Student Business Organizations

Get a head start on your career by joining one of the Jones College student chapters of professional business organizations. [