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JSOM Owlie Awards

  • Nomination 2017 NOMINATIONS OPEN
  • Outstanding Worthy Leaders Involved Exceptionally

    The JSOM “OWLIE” Award stands for Outstanding, Worthy Leaders, Involved Exceptionally. This annual award event provides a unique platform to recognize students, faculty, staff, mentors and alumni for their exceptional service on behalf the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Without exception the OWLIE winners have positively influenced the lives of their friends, students, peers, professors, co-workers and the community at-large.

    Nominations for the OWLIE’s are sought each spring from faculty, staff and both undergraduate and graduate students. Since the inception of the OWLIES in spring 2015, the annual event has quickly become a revered tradition for the Jindal School of Management.

    The OWLIE Awards Nominations will open February 14, 2017.

    Date of the Event: April 13th, 2017

    AWARD WINNERS will be announced at the “JSOM Owlie Awards” Ceremony April, 2017.

    • JSOM Future CEO

      This award recognizes both an UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE student who demonstrates the capacity to lead others. This student displays a strong commitment to their own individual growth and the growth of others. This individual demonstrates the drive, determination and mindset of a CEO.

    • Jindal Master Mentor

      To recognize a member of the JSOM community (faculty, staff, TA, or student) who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring, encouraging and promoting the educational, professional, and personal development of JSOM students.

    • Jindal Selfless Heart

      To recognize both UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE STUDENT in JSOM who has won hearts through their selfless acts of service to others and/or their community.

    • Jindal Faculty Idol of the Year

      This award is presented to a faculty member for excellence in teaching, advising, mentoring, and/or supporting students. This individual contributes to the enhancement of the learning experience for students in JSOM. An UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE and PhD faculty member will be recognized.

    • JSOM Student of the Year

      This award is presented to an UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE and PhD student who contributes to the growth of the JSOM brand. This individual is a strong representative of the school in the academic, community, and/or corporate world, excelling in academic performance and/or scholarly pursuits.

    • JSOM Outstanding Student Organization Leader

      This award recognizes an UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE student leader of a registered JSOM organization who has demonstrated a high level of leadership ability through character, work ethic, and involvement.

    • JSOM Student Organization of the Year

      This award recognizes the JSOM student organization that has made a significant contribution to the school and student body through service, programs, and activities.

    • JSOM Amazing Alum

      This award is presented to a JSOM alumnus who has distinguished themselves through excellence in supporting JSOM students.

    • Jindal Employer of the Year

      Nominated employer must have posted positions in the Jindal School, hired students for both internships and final placement positions, and helped to support the professional development of students. Employers meeting these criteria will be identified by the Jindal school of Management Career Center and provided to the Nominations committee.

    • Dean’s Council Super OWL Award

      Nominee must be active member of the Dean’s Council in the Jindal School providing leadership and support for all the activities of the council. Both an undergraduate and graduate member will be recognized.

  • Past Winners PAST WINNERS
  • The Naveen Jindal School of Management recognized 18 exceptional students, alumni, professors and staff members for their continued commitment to business education at the second annual OWLIE Awards ceremony on April 12.

    View 2016 Winners
  • Outstanding Worthy Leaders Involved Exceptionally

    The JSOM “OWLIE” Award stands for Outstanding, Worthy Leaders, Involved Exceptionally. This annual award event provides a unique platform to recognize students, faculty, staff, mentors and alumni for their exceptional service on behalf the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Without exception the OWLIE winners have positively influenced the lives of their friends, students, peers, professors, co-workers and the community at-large.

    Nominations for the OWLIE’s are sought each spring from faculty, staff and both undergraduate and graduate students. Since the inception of the OWLIES in spring 2015, the annual event has quickly become a revered tradition for the Jindal School of Management.

    The OWLIE Awards Nominations will open February 14, 2017.

    Date of the Event: April 13th, 2017

    AWARD WINNERS will be announced at the “JSOM Owlie Awards” Ceremony April, 2017.


The Jindal School Dean’s Council is seeking talented individuals who can audition for:

  • Master of Ceremony for the OWLIE AWARDS
  • Intermission Entertainers

Audition Date: March 6th

Register for Auditions below and specify which category. Only those who have signed up through this link will be able to audition.

Register for Audition

Audition Eligibility for Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremony: Open only to a current member of JSOM community.
During the OWLIE Award Ceremony, the chosen master of ceremonies will serve as the program host. They will introduce each award and the winner. The Master of Ceremonies must be able to engage an audience; be charismatic comfortable talking in front of large crowds; and have the ability to maintain the timing and the coordination of the ceremony.

Audition Preparation:
Using your creative ingenuity, think of an award that you might give to a Jindal Faculty stakeholder. Create an introduction to your award ceremony where you introduce the event and the award you are giving. Pretend to give the award and then conclude the ceremony in a unique and creative manner. Total audition time allotted will be 3 minutes. You will perform on stage at the Davidson. Powerpoint presentation or props to aid in your audition are optional.

Audition Eligibility for Intermission Entertainment

Intermission Entertainer: Open to current UT Dallas community.
During the OWLIE Award Ceremony, two different acts will be selected to perform during a short intermission. The performance can be inclusive of a single person or many people. The act must be entertaining and those acts that engage the broader audience attending the OWLIE AWARD ceremony will be more appealing.

Audition Preparation:
Prepare a performance lasting between 3 to 5 minutes that can be delivered in the large aisles of the Davidson Auditorium. You will have 3 minutes to set up your performance and 2 minutes to break down.

OWLIE Awards Ceremony
April 13th
Davidson Auditorium

NOTE – All performances will be free of any negative, derogatory or discriminatory references.

Dean’s Council Mission

The mission of the Dean’s Council was proposed and adopted on October 12, 2008. The mission reads as follows:

The Jindal School of Management Dean’s Council is dedicated to improving and growing the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management reputation locally, regionally and globally; and committed to protecting and supporting student concerns and working tirelessly with the Jindal School of Management leadership to improve the collegiate experience of all students, both inside and outside the classroom.

The motto “Duty with Dignity” was adopted by the Council in January 2011. It represents the true essence of what it means to be a council member. Members understand that to serve, they must always be dignified and respectful. Council members also understand and accept that to have the honor of membership, there is a responsibility to serve – Thus member of the council serve the Jindal School of Management gladly serve and always remember that “Duty with Dignity” is essential.

Undergraduate Council

  • The Undergraduate Dean’s Council is currently accepting applications for new members!

    Apply Now

    Application Deadline: January 27th, 2017

    Applicants who progress to the Group Interview stage will be required to attend an in-person interview on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 8:00am in the JSOM UG Lounge.

    For more information regarding the application process, please contact or contact Sarah Henry at

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must have completed at least one semester at UTD
    • Must have completed 12 UTD credit hours
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must currently be enrolled as a UTD student with a JSOM major or minor
    • Must commit to serve on the council for at least one academic year, or two long semesters

    Please note that new membership openings on the Undergraduate Dean’s Council are very competitive. Students who are not selected are encouraged to get involved with other JSOM organizations and apply again in a future semester.

  • Undergraduate Leaders

    Rebecca Wu

    Rebecca Wu, Undergraduate Leader

    My name is Rebecca Wu, and I am a junior working towards my Bachelors of Science in Finance and Accounting. Seeing the impact Dean’s Council had on JSOM inspired me to become a member because I wanted to be a part of the JSOM community and the behind-the-scenes process of executing changes. One might think Dean’s Council is only about administrative projects, but we actually have a lot of fun playing games like Fish Bowl at our end-of-semester parties.

    Alex Amheiser

    Alex Amheiser, Careers Chair

    My name is Alex Amheiser, and I am a junior working towards a B.S. in Accounting. I joined Dean’s Council to give back to my school and help my peers be more successful. My favorite memory from Dean’s Council was working with my committee to find new ways to help underclassmen find internships.

    Uttara Thiagarajan

    Uttara Thiagarajan, Ranking and Recognition Chair

    My name is Uttara Thiagarajan, and I am a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Technology and Systems. I believe JSOM has a lot of potential to grow and to provide a better platform for students in terms of resources and events, and this is the main reason why I joined Dean’s Council. My favorite memory is when the Undergraduate Dean’s Council hosted a one-of-a-kind popcorn event to interact with JSOM students.

    Varqa Azimi

    Varqa Azimi, Spirit Chair

    My name is Varqa Azimi, and I am a senior studying Global Business and Management Information Systems. I was eager to be a part of Dean’s Council (since my freshman year) because I wanted to contribute to the betterment of the school. I really enjoy attending the monthly Dean’s Council meetings where the Undergraduate and Graduate students come together with a unity of vision and action.

    Sara Valles

    Sara Valles, Student Outreach Chair

    My name is Sara Valles, and I am a junior studying Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. I joined Dean’s Council to be a part of an organization that is dedicated towards listening to students’ concerns and acting upon them for a positive change. My favorite memory from Dean’s Council was when my committee organized the Red Bull event; we collected surveys from students and handed out free Red Bull.

  • Undergraduate Projects UNDERGRADUATE PROJECTS
  • Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

    • The Student Outreach Committee began implementing the JSOM 5 marketing campaign to design and distribute a monthly informational flyer for JSOM undergraduate students.
    • The Careers Committee created similar literature specific for internships. They distributed a flyer in all of the Internship 101 sessions which was a collection of suggestions for obtaining an internships and advice from students who had previously had internships.
    • The Spirit Committee organized a time capsule project for JSOM’s 40th Anniversary event.
    • The Rankings and Recognition Committee initiated a calling campaign to reach over 800 graduating seniors, increasing student participation in the Bloomberg Businessweek survey from 8% to over 40%.

    Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

    • Bridged new connections with employers to provide students new networking opportunities for careers and internships
    • Continued the hosting of the Organization Carnival and Golden Comet Award
    • Started the #JSOMRevolution to improve the reputation of JSOM from the students’ perspective

Graduate Council

  • How to Apply GRADUATE – HOW TO APPLY
  • The Dean’s Council application can be found at the link at the bottom of this page. Complete the online application (one time) and submit by the deadline posted below, no applications will be considered once the deadline has passed. A confirmation page will confirm your submission. Only online applications will be accepted. All applications for membership will be reviewed and the candidates who will move to the next step in the process for membership will be contacted via email. When the interview process is complete, students who are invited to join the Dean’s Council will be notified via email. Those who will not be invited this semester will also be notified via email.

    The Dean’s Council is inclusive of all students who represent all degree programs in the Jindal School of Management.

    To apply, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:


    • Minimum GPA of 3.2
    • 9 completed credit hours
    • Must be able to actively serve on the council for at least one academic year (two long semesters)
    • Complete the online application must include the name of a Jindal School of Management faculty reference

    All Council members must attend all Dean’s Council meetings. Meetings are held on selected Saturday mornings between 10:00-12:30. See Dates to Remember tab for actual meeting days.


    • Online Application link open: December 1st, 2016
    • Online Application link close: January 11th, 2017
    • Selection process begins: January 2nd, 2017
    • Dean’s Council meeting:
      • January 21st, 2017
      • February 18th, 2017
      • March 25th, 2017
      • April 22nd, 2017

    Please note there are limited openings per semester for Dean’s Council new membership. If you not selected in the current semester, the Dean’s Council Membership Committee encourages JSOM students to everyone to get involved and volunteer with other organizations in JSOM as well as apply again in a future semester.

    Dean’s Council members can be dismissed for any conduct unbecoming of a council member. The responsibility to serve with dignity and dedication is a requirement of membership in this organization.

    Apply Now

  • Graduate Leaders

    Ankitdeep Chaddha

    Ankitdeep Chaddha, Co-Leader

    “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

    I am a full time MBA student at JSOM. For me Dean’s council is about building a trust and togetherness in JSOM to take our brand forward, and to support the students in achieving their dreams.

    Gaurav Singla

    Gaurav Singla, Co-Leader

    “If you don’t like the way the table is set, turn the table over.”

    To me, an MBA cohort at JSOM, leadership as preached by Dean’s Council is a tool to generate new ideas and break the shackles of mediocrity. Together we all grow and succeed. Always remember that “your success is our success”

    Devi Priya Karuppiah

    Devi Priya Karuppiah, Secretary

    “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”

    I am a (very) proud JSOMer, currently pursuing my ITM. Here at Dean’s Council, we have fun working toward a singular goal of making our beloved JSOM shine (brighter than a shooting star)!

    David Nobles

    David Nobles, Volunteer Coordinator

    “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

    Currently, I am working towards an MBA/MS in Finance and joining the Dean’s Council affords me the opportunity to work towards common goals with a select group of talented and selfless individuals, while also giving back to an environment that is an inspirational source of motivation.

    Shirin Virani

    Shirin Virani, Social Media Coordinator

    Hi, my name is Shirin Virani and I’m the Social Media Manager for Dean’s Council I am currently wrapping up my MBA and an MS in Healthcare Management. I’m very excited to serve the council and work with such a talented team of individuals who embody the principles of a successful member of the student body at JSOM!

    Sijie Qina

    Sijie Qin, Co-Webmaster

    “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

    I am a Marketing and ITM student in JSOM. In Dean’s Council, we help build recognition of JSOM and offer a more convenient environment for students. As for me, Dean’s Council is more like a family.

    Vicky Wu

    Vicky Wu, Co-Webmaster

    Hi! My name is Vicky Wu, and I’m in a Master’s student of ITM and ACCT at UT Dallas. I love helping people, and Dean’s Council has given me a chance to help even more people. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve the school that has taught me countless lessons.

  • Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

    • Faces of JSOM Social Media: The next project that the Dean’s Council will be spearheading-an attempt to recognize to celebrate ordinary people for their extraordinary personalities all of this in an effort to build the reputation of JSOM.
    • 3rd Annual JSOM Owlie awards.

    Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

    • 2nd Annual JSOM Owlie awards.

    Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

    • Created the 1st Annual JSOM Owlie Awards and organized all aspects of the award.
    • Dean Council Traditions: Initiatives for efficient induction of new recruits and appreciation of graduating council members.
    • JSOM Traditions: Strengthening the JSOM brand with traditions with PAT the OWL for good luck.
    • Graduate Traditions: On-going project to foster a culture of giving back to JSOM.

    Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

    • Started the JSOM Success story contest to publish the achievements of the JSOM Students.
    • Worked on developing a new peer-to-peer mentoring system that would provide the students with career specific guidance.

    Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

    • Host MBA networking events for current MBA students
    • Create Recognition Wall to emphasize the great accomplishments of our JSOM students, faculty and
      staff in spring 2013
    • Implement Golden Comet award system where students nominate faculty to be recognized in spring 2013
    • Organizing a JSOM student organization showcase to take place in spring 2013

    Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

    • Create maintenance and beautification proposals regarding improvements to the overall look of the school.
    • Hosted MBA networking events for current MBA students.

    Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

    • Improved access to the JSOM’s computer labs.
    • Created the official Dean’s Council Website.
    • Created a committee to help student organizations create their websites.

    Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

    • Helped with re-establishing floundering student organizations, growing our student groups from 9 in 2008 to 19 in 2010 to 29 in 2011.
    • Built and orchestrated the “Reputation Matters” campaign to help promote the Jindal School of Management brand in rankings.
    • Worked to extend the school’s cafe hours to accommodate the break time for evening students.
    • Orchestrated getting the university to extend evening orange student parking to begin at 4:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. University withdrew the change and the Council is continuing to work to get it back.

    Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

    • Created a brochure for the JSOM organizations to be given to all new incoming students.
    • Arranged a meeting with UT Dallas technical staff and students to resolve wireless problems.
    • Volunteered to lead a “Cans from the Classroom” food drive campaign to give to the North Texas Food Bank; the goal was to collect one can for every JSOM constituent (over 500 cans) in Fall 2008 and over 1800 cans in Fall 2009.
    • Hosted a Welcome Back event on September 2, 2008.
    • Hosted Karaoke in the Courtyard on August 23, 2009.
    • Hosted “Ask the Dean” sessions.

    Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

    • Four JSOM Faculty began teaching Rhetoric 1101 as per the recommendation of the Council (RHET 1101 is the required university freshman class that orients students to the UTD campus).
    • Provided feedback to the Dean to acquire more furniture in the building for students to lounge on.
    • Provided feedback to the deans asking for study tables in the common areas during the week prior to finals and during finals.
    • Responded to finance students who needed access to Bloomberg terminals in the early evening; hired students to work the additional hours.

Reach Us


Undergraduate Email

Marilyn Kaplan, PhD
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Education

Sarah Henry, MBA
Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator


Graduate Email

Monica S. Powell, PhD
Senior Associate Dean
Graduate Programs

Lori Snitzer
Administrative Assistant


The Dean’s Council office is located in JSOM 1.216. Click below to view interactive map.



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