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UPCOMING EVENTS

SPOTLIGHTS

ALUMNUS


Jim McIngvale ('19)  

 

McIngvale and his wife, Linda, both UNT alumni, started Gallery Furniture in 1981 with $5,000 and a pickup truck. They slept at the site -- an abandoned model home park -- because they didn't have insurance and couldn't afford to have anything stolen. Every Saturday, the couple drove to Dallas to pick up the next week's furniture load.

After modest success, the economic decline in the 1980s hit Gallery Furniture hard. McIngvale revisited his advertising strategy, which consisted mostly of printed flyers, and decided to spend his last $10,000 on local television commercials. Frustrated with the production, McIngvale stepped in front of the camera, fast-talked his way through a sales pitch and, on a whim, threw that day's sales dollars into the air as he yelled, "Gallery Furniture saves … you … money!" It was an instant success and sales ticked upward.

"Mattress Mack" was born.

And so was McIngvale's desire to help his community. In the years since Gallery Furniture's financial rebirth, he has given millions to organizations, from the Texas Heart Institute to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where his record $600,000 bid for the grand champion steer in 2001 helped raise money for scholarships. At UNT, McIngvale's support was instrumental in the construction of the Athletic Center and the adjacent football practice facility in 2005.

The McIngvales have assisted with numerous causes, but are most known for the work they did in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on the Texas coast in 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane, and left devastation in its path.

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STUDENT

 

Niusha Jones


Doctoral Candidate Niusha Jones was presented with one of the most prestigious honors at UNT—the Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle award, now in its fourth year, is given to a student leader in recognition of their tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and academic excellence.

I am deeply humbled and honored as the Golden Eagle is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows upon a student leader. I am very thankful to Drs. Blair Kidwell and Lou Pelton for their extraordinary support of my nomination and I believe that this honor reflects upon the high impact of the G.Brint College of Business on enhancing campus life at UNT and its continuous commitment to serving greater communities,” said Jones.

In addition to the Golden Eagle Award, Jones is also a recipient of the AMS Review/Sheth Foundation Award for Conceptual Articles and is the first UNT recipient of this competitive honor. Jones holds a B.S. degree in structural engineering, an M.B.A degree, and an M.S. degree in marketing research. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D. degree, she worked as a marketing researcher and manager for leading international companies. 

The Golden Eagle Award began during UNT’s 125 anniversary year celebration and has since served as a point of pride and distinction for UNT students. Recipients are chosen based on their ability to enhance campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.
 

FEATURED DONOR

Regents Professor Steve Guynes

Regents Professor Steve Guynes is an award-winning faculty member at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and has been a continued supporter of UNT scholarships and programs since 1983.

Earlier this year, Professor Guynes solidified his commitment to the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences with a generous gift to support the college’s Mainframe instructor.

Guynes' investment will help continue UNT’s legacy of winning first place in the international IBM Master the Mainframe Competition. UNT has brought home first place in the competition since 2017, with 2018 being the first year a woman won the top spot.

IN THE NEWS

UNT students are making green for the Mean Green

Students in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business are investing in valuable stocks — and their futures — as members of UNT’s Student Investment Group. WFAA recently visited the Business Leadership Building to meet the group’s members and learn more about the valuable process of investing in stocks. The late Col. Guy M. Cloud, Jr., gifted UNT with roughly $207,000 to teach our students to invest, and during the past decade, the fund has increased to nearly $600,000. Once the fund hits $1 million, proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for students majoring in an investment-related field. 

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UNT class helps local businesses

Dr. Guzman started teaching the Strategic Brand Management course in 2007. The purpose of the class, both now and then, was to give the students real world experience in dealing with business consultation.

For the course, a business (or businesses if there are multiple sections) agrees to allow Dr. Guzman and his class to act as consultants for the semester. The class is then broken into different teams, doing research and conducting interviews to find ways to improve business. At the end of the semester, the different teams pitch their ideas.

Dr. Guzman's classes have worked with both bigger corporations, such as Chipotle and Frito-Lay, and smaller local businesses, like The Bearded Monk, Boca 31 and many others.

Guzman tells the businesses they are going to be working with 46-48 consultants that, for three months, are going to research, collect insights, and develop strategies for them for free. He said some really great ideas come from the teams and the clients usually really enjoy this.

“We, as UNT students and a professor, get the experience to work with a real brand, with a real company, with a real situation. And we can let the students experience the real marketing process,” Guzman said.

Ultimately, what Dr. Guzman's Strategic Brand Management course gives the students is real experience working with brands. A university setting can give examples, statistics and hypothetical situations, while leaving business students unprepared for working in real life, but Dr. Guzman says that one of the rewards he gets from teaching this class is knowing that he is helping prepare his students once they graduate.


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Senior wins national financial plan competition

Senior Ryan College of Business student and Student Money Management Center Financial Readiness Lead Mentor Rebecca Boyle won the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) Financial Planning Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 21. Only two UNT students made it to the semi-final round, with Boyle being the only UNT student selected as one of the three finalists. Entries could be individual or teams of two. Boyle also was the only individual finalist who competed against two teams.

The IARFC Financial Planning Competition is a national competition for college students in financial services programs. The competition started with 56 plans from 13 universities and went down to the top three who presented live in Nashville for the final round held during the 2019 IARFC Annual Conference.

“This opportunity has given me the chance to bring together information from different courses and learn how to apply it in a practical way,” said Boyle. “Between the written plan and the presentation, I've gotten a taste of what it’s like to be in the financial planning field, which has been very valuable in deciding what I want to do after graduation. I'm grateful for the education and support I've gotten from UNT.”

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THE MORE YOU KNOW

Newly designated STEM degree programs bring added value to college and its students

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved changes to the classification of instructional programs code for two UNT degrees housed within the G. Brint Ryan College of Business: the Bachelor of Science degree in business computer information systems and the Master of Science degree in finance.
 
Effective August 2020, all undergraduate degrees offered within the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences will now hold STEM designations—a strong indicator of the programs’ quality and rigor.
 
“Being STEM designated makes it clear that the Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Information Systems at UNT’s Ryan College of Business is a highly technical degree focused on solving IT problem for business organizations,” said Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department Chair Leon Kappelman. 
 
Master’s students pursing finance degrees will also benefit from the reclassification, beginning as early as fall 2019.
  
“Our faculty have found that the STEM based content and rigor of our program match, if not exceed, the STEM designated finance programs at other Tier 1 schools,” said Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law Chair Marcia Staff. “Achieving STEM designation reaffirms our commitment to providing a sound curriculum to our students, which will bring added value to their degree.”

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G. Brint Ryan College of Business rises in the ranks

The Sales Education Foundation recently ranked the G. Brint Ryan College of Business among their list of top universities for professional sales education in North America.

Seventy-five programs in total were featured in the 2019 ranking, which was published in the foundation’s annual magazine this April.

Housed in the Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management, the Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing with a professional selling concentration prepares students by providing them with the tools to be successful communicators, listeners and sellers of both themselves and their business sales models. Most recently, the program saw a 100% job placement rate of its students.

Two primary developmental courses are comprised of six rigorous role plays that are both service and product based. Other courses include a prospecting project and sales management case study analysis. The program also requires a sales internship as part of its curriculum.

This new ranking will bring added value to the college as it rises to the forefront in professional selling education.

The Sales Education Foundation began in 2007 to help elevate the sales profession through college and university programs. Its annual ranking serves as the only compilation of data collected from university of sales programs throughout the world. Subsequently, company partners, recruiters, and hiring entities refer to the list for building relationships with university sales programs.

PHILANTHROPIC OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

$10,000
THE PROFESSIONAL SELLING PROGRAM

Recently ranked by the Sales Education Foundation, the professional selling program at the UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business prepares students by providing them with the tools to be successful communicators, listeners, and sellers of both themselves and their business sales models. Your investment in the program will give the college the proper resources to continue providing an exceptional education.

$5,000 
MAINFRAME INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT


Mainframe computers, first created by IBM in the 1950s, continue to be vital to the world economy. According to the IBM website, globally, 92 of the top 100 banks, more than 70 percent of the biggest retailers, and 23 out of the 25 largest airlines use the IBM mainframe globally. Despite this, there’s an employment gap in the numbers of new graduates with mainframe expertise. Your gift will help UNT fill this gap and ensure our students are prepared to take on the challenges of the workforce in Mainframe computing.

$1,000
THE STUDENT INVESTMENT GROUP

The UNT Student Investment Group is a student-operated investment management organization that provides students with a professional, controlled environment where they can continue to develop and explore the world of finance through real-world investing experience. With your help, and the continued success of the group's financial investments, they can reach their goal of $1 million even faster so that their funds can begin giving back to students through scholarship support.
 

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