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The ACG Cup (Association for Corporate Growth) annually sponsors this competition on a nationwide basis. The case usually involves a real life M&A (mergers and acquisitions) opportunity. Judges include executives with local banking, investment and consulting firms.

This opportunity is open to all MBA and MS Finance students here at UT Dallas. Sign up TODAY. The last day to sign up is January 22, 2014. Please email Lynn Hankins.

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Like Father, Like Son…..

MS Finance graduate, Mark DeCourcy, receives his diploma from his dad, Real Estate Professor George DeCourcy, at the fall 2013 graduation ceremony held this past Saturday, December 15, 2013. Professor DeCourcy earned his MBA from UT Dallas in 2009. Congratulations to the DeCourcy family and to all the fall 2013 graduates!!



Senior Finance Students Awarded During Appreciation & Awards Banquet

The Finance Area at the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas hosted its 3rd annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their senior Finance students graduating in fall 2013. Two awards were presented, the Outstanding Finance Student award and the Finance Leadership award. The Outstanding Finance Student award went to the top graduate finance student based on GPA, service to the university, community and the student’s overall impact on the undergraduate finance degree program. Graduating finance students nominate each other for this award with the awards committee making the final decision. For the fall 2013 semester, the Outstanding Finance Student award was presented to Frederick Hutterer. The Finance Leadership award is based on faculty recommendations. This student has consistently shown what it means to be finance professional, has a great attitude and knows the meaning of dedication. This award was presented to Michael Nguyen. Congratulations to these two students as well as the entire graduating class for the fall 2013 semester.


Two senior finance students were awarded for their performance and contributions to the undergraduate finance program. Outstanding Finance Student was presented to Frederick Hutterer and Finance Leadership Award was presented to Michael Nguyen. Pictured above are (left to right): Professor Jared Pickens, Frederick Hutterer, Michael Nguyen, and Professor Frank Anderson.

Associate Professor & Area Coordinator Dr. Robert Kieschnick greet students arriving at banquet. He was instrumental at persuading students to complete their graduation exit survey.

Jared Pickens congratulates students and gives them last minute tips on what to expect when beginning their careers in the finance world.

Professor Frank Anderson congratulates Sohail Basirat, one of the winners of the survey raffle held during the banquet.
Final Whoosh for the undergraduate finance students graduating Fall 2013! Congratulations!!!
Professor Jared Pickens, graduating finance seniors and their guest enjoy a buffet and talk about future plans.
Professor Dr. David Cordell along with senior finance students enjoys the banquet during the 3rd annual banquet.
Professor Pickens and senior finance student Michael Nguyen

Two MS Finance Students Awarded During Appreciation & Awards Banquet

The Finance Area at the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas hosted the 1st annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet for our MS Finance students that are graduating in fall 2013. Two awards were presented, the Outstanding Finance Student award and the Finance Leadership award. The Outstanding Finance Student award went to the top graduate finance student based on GPA, service to the university, community and the student’s overall impact on the graduate finance degree program. Graduating finance students nominate each other for this award with the awards committee making the final decision. For the fall 2013 semester, the Outstanding Finance Student award was presented to Feng Zhou. The Finance Leadership award is based on faculty recommendations. This student has consistently shown what it means to be finance professional, has a great attitude and knows the meaning of dedication. This award was presented to Wei Tan. Congratulations to these two students as well as the entire graduating class for the fall 2013 semester.


Dr. Carolyn Reichert, MS Finance Program Director presents the Outstanding Finance Award to Feng Zhou

Wei Tan is awarded the MS Finance Leadership Award

Feng Zhou proudly displays his award with his professor Dr. Xiaofei Zhao

Dr. Robert Kieschnick, Area Coordinator of the Finance programs, talks to a graduating student during the banquet.

GARP Visits With Finance Students

Representatives from the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) met with students Monday, November 18, 2013 to discuss certifications in FRM (Financial Risk Manager) and ERP (Energy Risk Professional). Students were given information on the two certifications and their associated exams as well as the GARP organization. For information on this organization and exams, please contact Lynn Hankins, Finance Program Coordinator.

Bill May, SVP, FRM Program Manager at GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) speaks to students about the FRM and ERP exams and GARP.

SMAT Business Competition (Student Mergers & Acquisitions Transaction) Results

The Student Mergers & Acquisitions Transaction Competition (SMAT) was established in September 2013, dedicated to providing Mergers and Acquisitions business ideas, practical experiences, and professional training to students. SMAT offers all business students an excellent opportunity to understand transaction business as a future investment banker by working on real world cases.

Each fall, SMAT organizes a case competition with supplemental workshops. This year, under the direction of Mr. Robert Rough, Pillar Solutions Group, LLC and Professor Frank Anderson, students were given the opportunity to analyze the current bankruptcy situation for R&L Markets, Inc., a grocery store located in Michigan. The students were to provide a solution to meet the needs of the shareholders, debt holders and the company. Seven groups participated and presented unique ideas and solutions to restructure the company’s capital structure. Each team did an excellent job however only one team could grab the winning title. This year’s first place winners were Melissa Ganness, Michael Nyugen, Jacob Craft, Amy Ngo and Ali Razvi. Second place went to the following team: Siddarth Vyas, Melissa Huang, Melissa Chan, Amy Smallwood and Nidia Quezada. Third place went to the following team which consisted of one student presenting, Duc Dam. The first place team will be invited to join the CFA DFW member only social in December.

1st place winners
2nd place winners
3rd place winners