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Roderick Henderson

Sport Entertainment Management (SEM) MBA candidate, Roderick Henderson, brought home first place in Baylor’s inaugural S3/SAP Tickets Insightathon competition in January.
Participation was a requirement for Dr. Bob Heere’s Corporate Partnerships in the Sport Entertainment Industry course, but Henderson was nonetheless “intrigued by the challenge and eager to participate.”
The competition served as a sports data analytics challenge, where students were given just four hours to investigate two datasets and uncover meaningful conclusions. Using SAP Analytics Cloud, and other platforms of their choice, 60 participating students visualized their findings and presented individually to a panel of judges through four elimination rounds. 
“The data sets included website traffic and a sample of historical ticket purchase info for an unknown professional sports team—real-world data,” explained Henderson.
Competing against individuals from Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M and Baylor, Henderson and his UNT SEM classmates represented the Mean Green well.
“Our cohort from UNT had an extremely strong showing: half of our group made it to the semi-finals, resulting in six of the 10 semi-finalists in the graduate category were from UNT. Besides the two finalists in first and second place, scores were aggregated from the earlier elimination rounds to pick a third-place winner, and I’m proud to congratulate my colleague Mikaela Handler from UNT for earning third overall in the graduate category,” said Henderson.



Melisa Denis (BS, MS '86)

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed 1986 UNT accounting graduate, Melisa Denis, to the UNT System Board of Regents, for a term set to expire on May 22, 2025. Denis currently serves as KPMG's National Tax Leader for Consumer Goods and global lead partner on two multinational accounts.

Denis was instrumental in the creation of KNOW (KPMG Network of Women). This grass-root effort started in Dallas and expanded to Chicago, Atlanta and throughout the firm.

Denis is passionate about mentoring and helping women. Taking this passion of helping women outside of KPMG, she began a non-profit organization to navigate executive women to the boardroom. In 2009 she founded The Board Connection, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women serving on corporate boards and in the executive suite. The organization identifies and connects accomplished women in the state of Texas to develop a pathway to the boardroom. Focusing on executive women, the organization provides programming and development opportunities to help them achieve their goal of serving as a director on a corporate board. Denis also co-chairs the Dallas Chapter of Women Corporate Directors "WCD" and serves as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for WCD globally. She served on the KPMG Women's Advisory Board and serves on the Global Executive Board of Enactus (formerly Student In Free Enterprise), heading the audit and finance committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Ryan College of Business. 

In 2010 Denis was named as one of DFW's Top 25 Changemakers by the Dallas Business Journal Women in Business Awards program. She was also named a winner in the 2011 w2wlink Dallas Ascendency Awards and in 2013 she was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Service Award at UNT.



Dr. Harvey Zimmermann

Dr. Harvey Zimmermann, UNT alum and retired G. Brint Ryan College of Business faculty member, recently helped fund the Jerry Dake Memorial Scholarship. Professor Dake, who passed away unexpectedly in 2019, was Zimmermann’s close friend and colleague, and was instrumental in the success of many UNT Institute of Petroleum Accounting students.

“I hope my gift will continue [Jerry’s] legacy of providing financial support to outstanding students so they can achieve their academic and career goals,” said Zimmermann. “From the beginning, I learned that Jerry was very supportive of his students in the classroom, as well as providing significant after-class career counseling.”



UNT and the Dallas Cowboys launch innovative online M.B.A.

The business acumen that turned a $140 million investment 30 years ago into a $5.5 billion company today soon will be in a virtual classroom.

The University of North Texas and the Dallas Cowboys, named the most valuable sports franchise in the world by Forbes, have created a Master of Business Administration degree that the two organizations will begin offering in fall 2020.

The 36-credit-hour professional online M.B.A. in sport entertainment management will offer six specialization courses: sports in the global marketplace, corporate partnerships, analytics, event operations, talent management and consultancy. The specialized offerings will supplement the program’s more traditional classes, such as finance, accounting, marketing and strategic management, giving students the advantage of a traditional M.B.A. combined with best practices from the business operations driving sports’ most valuable franchise.

“We’ve been fortunate to be involved in a number of different businesses, both directly and indirectly involved in the sport entertainment industry. Through key partnerships, such as our relationship with the University of North Texas, we have found ways to grow the reach of the Dallas Cowboys across a variety of these industries,” said Jerry Jones Jr., chief sales & marketing officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “We’re excited to share those learnings and experiences with students partaking in this new online program at UNT.”


UNT students brew up new brand for Lakewood Brewing Company

Lakewood Brewing Company, an independent Texas craft brewery known for their “seriously fun beer,” has recently tapped into something new.

Partnering with Dr. Lou Pelton’s Applied Marketing Problems class of the UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business, student teams were challenged with developing a new product brand concept and comprehensive marketing strategy for the company.

Expectations for Lakewood Brewing, a recent Grand Champion brand at the US Beer Tasting Championship, were high.

“Great brands have to be rooted in an insights-driven concept to connect with consumers. We made it clear that we would be heavily weighing the concept in the final presentations,” said Ryan Meigs, creative director for Lakewood.

The ultimate goal for the student teams was to create market awareness and brand ambassadors that would organically spread the word about their new product and Lakewood as a brand.

“Our initial impressions were that the students were very interested in the project. It seemed like half the class stayed after the presentation to ask questions. We were impressed with the depth of thinking and how quickly they jumped into research mode,” said Meigs. “We even hosted several students on a few occasions at the brewery for tours... They continued to ask thoughtful questions and were very engaged in the process.”


Logistics and supply chain team take home first place in national competition

A team of University of North Texas logistics and supply chain management students won the top prize at this year’s Operation Stimulus, a prestigious and highly-competitive collegiate logistics student case study competition.

John Murphy (US Marines), Clayton Maxwell (US Navy), Michael Quintana (Amazon intern), and Cameron Hood (NASA intern) beat 16 other teams from nationally and internationally ranked logistics programs – including last year’s winner, Wayne State. Terrance Pohlen, senior associate dean and professor of logistics, served as their faculty advisor.

Founded in 1982, Operation Stimulus is the longest running supply chain and logistics student case study competition in North America. The two-day intensive case study challenge is hosted by the Denver Transportation Club. UNT has taken home first place three times—in 2016, 2018 and now 2020.


Registration open for 2020 ACE Camp applicants

High school students will once again get the chance to explore aviation and aerospace careers during the 2020 ACE (Aviation Career Education Academy) Camp, beginning June 8.

In conjunction with Tarrant County College, the G. Brint Ryan College of Business offers this innovative summer camp each year to allow attendees the opportunity to practice with flight simulators, learn about the mechanics of flight and aviation history, take field trips to nearby aviation companies and airports and even co-pilot a small airplane with an FAA-certified flight instructor. The camp is for juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates.

Throughout the camp, students will learn about different career opportunities.

“Fewer than 15 percent of the jobs in aviation involve the cockpit or the cabin of an airplane, but for most young students, their only experience with aviation is riding on a passenger airline. We want to change that,” said Steve Joiner, a lecturer in UNT’s Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management and camp organizer.


Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity honors Ryan College of Business with 2020 Inclusive Excellence Award

UNT's Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity presented its 2020 Inclusive Excellence Award to the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, along with a $5000 gift from Hilti, to continue its efforts to practice intentional inclusion. 

During the 2018-19 academic year, Ryan College of Business Dean Marilyn Wiley partnered with the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to deliver learning and development sessions on bias awareness and identity authoring for its entire leadership team, faculty and staff.

The college enhanced their training program by offering a session on inclusive excellence and equity-mindedness to their department chairs. The training led to a partnership between the college and the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity to include UNT’s first-ever Corporate-Collegiate Partnership, as part of the 2019 Equity and Diversity Conference, where the Colleges of Business and Engineering, Peterbilt employee resource groups (ERGs) and diversity and inclusion council representatives shared their identity-based engagement strategies for talent management, acquisition, and creating career pipelines for students. This year, the college increased its conference involvement as the first-ever internal Eagle Sponsor Partner.




$10,000 will offset the costs of the college's Distinguished Speaker Series - providing students, faculty and community members with the opportunity to learn from prominent executives and leaders in the business community.


A $5,000 gift will supplement the Jerry Dake Memorial Scholarship, affording deserving students the opportunity to pursue their passions in Information Technology and Decision Sciences, while honoring the legacy of late Professor Jerry Dake.


A $1,000 gift will enable the college to purchase professional attire for supplementing its student suit closet. The Ryan College of Business suit closet serves as a source for students to acquire the clothes they need to succeed at their future job interviews and beyond.


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