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JSOM Owlie Awards

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  • What are the OWLIEs?

    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 of the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Without exception, the OWLIE winners have positively influenced faculty, staff, students, employers and the community at-large.

    Since the inception of the OWLIE in spring 2015, the annual event has quickly become a revered spring tradition for the Jindal School of Management.While the OWLIEs are hosted by the Dean’s Council, council members are not considered as potential winners for any of the awards other than the Super Owlie which is given to one undergraduate and one graduate Dean’s Council member. Potential OWLIE recipients are nominated by students, faculty, program directors and JSOM student organization advisors. The finalists are determined by the Undergraduate and Graduate Dean Council. The process to determine the finalists is a blind process removing student identity from consideration.

    OWLIE winners are determined by a vote of the JSOM faculty and staff, eight representatives of more than 50 JSOM student organizations and the undergraduate and graduate members of the Dean’s Council.

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    • JSOM Future CEO

      This award recognizes BOTH AN UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE STUDENT who demonstrates the qualities of a CEO. This individual should also demonstrate the drive, determination and mindset of a CEO and has an excellent entrepreneurial spirit.

    • Jindal Student Master Mentor

      To recognize a member of the JSOM community (Under-Graduate or Graduate 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 a current UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE and PhD student who is considered an all-round excellent example of excellence in JSOM. They are excellent students, confident leaders and actively engaged in the life of the school.

    • JSOM Outstanding Staff Member

      The award is presented to a JSOM staff member for excellence in advising, assisting and supporting students. This staff member contributes to the enhancement of the overall experience for the student in JSOM.

    • JSOM Amazing Alum

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

    • JSOM Outstanding Leader: Student Organization

      This award is presented to a current UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE student who is a leader of JSOM student organization and has provided exemplary leadership to the member students of that organization and had a positive impact on them, benefiting JSOM at large.

    • 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.

      The nominations for the Student Organization, will be submitted by the faculty advisor of that organization. If you think an organization deserves an award, please submit all the accomplishments and other details as required, to the faculty advisor of that organization.

    • 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.

  • Events Award Ceremony
  • 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 JSOM Owlie Awards Ceremony

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 4pm • Davidson Auditorium

  • Past Winners Past Winners
  • Below are the OWLIE WINNERS since its inception.

    2017 Winners 2016 Winners 2015 Winners

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

  • How to give How To Apply
  • The Undergraduate Dean’s Council is currently accepting applications for new members!

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    Application Deadline: November 3rd, 2017

    Applicants who progress to the Group Interview stage will be required to attend an in-person interview on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 am 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
    • Students who have previously attended the university must have already completed 12 hours at UT Dallas: transfer students and freshman must currently be enrolled in 12 hours at UT Dallas
    • 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.

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  • Undergraduate Leaders

    Dalton Owens

    Dalton Owens, Undergraduate President

    Hey everyone! My name is Dalton Owens and I’m a junior here at UT Dallas and I’m majoring in accounting with a minor in political science. I joined Deans Council because I wanted to give back to the school that has given me so many opportunities. I love Deans Council because it’s an organization dedicated to making an impact here at JSOM, and it’s filled with so many people who come from many different backgrounds.

    Miranda Turner

    Miranda Turner, VP of Administration

    My name is Miranda Turner, and I am a senior studying Information Technology and Systems. I was really excited to become a part of the Dean’s Council my freshman year because I am a developer. I love to build up people and programs! That is essentially what the Dean’s Council does for JSOM, so I guess it was a match made in heaven. I love being among those who can unite this team of people so fully committed to giving back to their school.

    Mariam Allahrakha

    Mariam Allahrakha, VP of Internal Development

    My name is Mariam Allahrakha and I am currently a senior majoring in Accounting. My favorite part of JSOM is the ability for students to make an impact. The faculty and staff are very receptive to feedback and Dean’s Council provided me the avenue to work closely with faculty to implement changes that students wish to see. My favorite event was being able to contribute to the JSOM time capsule last year for JSOM’s birthday.

    Sara Valles

    Sara Valles, Academics Committee 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.

    Jonathan Molinar

    Jonathan Molinar, Co-curricular Committee Chair

    My name is Jonathan Molinar, and I am a senior studying Finance. I was excited to become part of Dean’s Council because I really wanted to make an impact on JSOM and to listen and respond to the concerns of my peers! My favorite Dean’s Council memory would be researching different colleges throughout the globe to find new study abroad locations.

    Kristin Harris

    Kristin Harris, Facilities & Services Committee Chair

    My name is Kristin Harris, and I am a sophomore majoring in Supply Chain Management. I decided to become a part of Dean’s Council because I wanted to make a positive impact on JSOM. My favorite memory from Dean’s Council is brainstorming ideas with my committee and hearing tons of excellent ones.

    Arish Pardiwalla

    Arish Pardiwalla, Outreach Committee Chair

    My name is Arish Pardiwalla and I am a junior Accounting major. I joined Dean’s Council so that I could give back to the school that has already given me so much. My favorite memory from joining Dean’s Council is the group discussions we have as each committee was presenting their ideas. I felt involved in the process.

    Dean’s Council Advisors

    Marilyn Kaplan Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
    Sarah Henry Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
  • Undergraduate Projects Projects
  • Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

    • Facilities and services committee were able to add color printers in JSOM printing lab.
    • Academics committee submitted a proposal to add mock lectures to the Business Basics course, which several professors already implemented this semester.

    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 How To Apply
  • The Fall 2017 New Member Campaign is closed, please check back in December/January for Spring 2018 new member campaign schedule. 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.


    Dean’s Council dates to remember for Spring 2018:

    • Online Application link for new membership opens: December 1st, 2017
    • Online Application link for new membership closes: January 8th, 2018
    • Dean’s Council Meetings:
      • 1/20/2018
      • 2/17/2018
      • 3/24/2018
      • 4/21/2018
    • 2018 OWLIES April 17th, 2018

    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.

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  • Graduate Leaders

    David Nobles

    David Nobles, Leader

    “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.

    Elizabeth Wilson

    Elizabeth Wilson, Secretary

    “There is no such thing as a useless person, they can always be used as a bad example” -Attributed to my father

    Hello there, I am a creative and driven individual and saw Dean’s Council as a valuable opportunity to expand upon my positive experience as an MS Supply Chain student, as well as a means to bring about further positive change. It also helps that the Dean’s Council mascot in an owl and owls are my favorite.

    Fei Ai

    Fei Ai, Photographer

    Hi, I’m Emma, a Master candidate of Accounting.  For me, Dean’s Council is not only a family, but also a place where I can inspire people to deliver their gratitude to someone who used to help them and, therefore, to make JSOM a warmer place.  I am so proud that I could keep the records of those beautiful moments through my camera. 

    Rexraman Rajkumar

    Rexraman Rajkumar, Webmaster

    “When faced with a challenge, look for a way through it and not a way out of it.”

    Hi, I am Rex, a student of Jindal School of Management (JSOM) MBA. I joined Dean’s council to interact with the smart-minds of the school, and indeed enough I have had immense opportunities to be working along these amazing people for a common goal – improving and growing the JSOM reputation locally and globally.


    Yashna, Social Media Coordinator

    “Keep your eyes on the stars, and feet on the ground.”

    I am pursuing my Masters in Information Technology and Management at JSOM. Dean’s Council is the platform where I get to pursue my passion of giving back to the university. In my opinion, there is no greater contribution than education; and no bigger joy than learning from your peers.

    Rachel Johnson

    Rachel Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator

    “Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.”  – Rumi

    I am working towards my MS in Science Management and Organizational Behavior.  I joined the Dean’s Council for two reasons. First, I take great pride in my education and wanted to help showcase the high levels of intelligence, sheer talent, and good will exhibited here are JSOM. Second, I feel there is inherent truth and solace to be found in the experience of others.  I want to help those stories get told and create a profound legacy for years to come.

    Graduate Members

    • (Ai) Emma Fei
    • Aaron Henry
    • Akshitha Animalla
    • Anagha Subramanya
    • Andrew Parsley
    • Aparajit
    • Ashish Khandelwal
    • Ashna Gupta
    • Aya Hosch
    • Bharat Rao
    • Bonnie Helm
    • Chen Chen
    • Christian Filsouf
    • Christopher Stevens
    • David Nobles
    • David Kim
    • Deepak Ashok
    • Dhanalakshmi Vellaichamy
    • Dhruv Goyal
    • Divya Sudhakar
    • Elizabeth Wilson
    • Elizabeth Duskin
    • Eric Jensen
    • Harshita Lall
    • Haylee Tubbs
    • Imran Shabbir
    • Kayhan Saeed
    • Khiem Nguyen
    • Kiran Achanta
    • Kolade Oyekan
    • Kowshik Dhev Mathiazhagan
    • Kumar Nishant
    • Malicka Modgil
    • Mark Chang
    • Mike Watson
    • Mingjie Zhou
    • Moumita Saha
    • Muthu Chockalingam
    • Naomi D’Amato
    • Nikky Bhargava
    • Ninette Moody
    • Niraj Upare
    • Osama Bin Azeem
    • Pooja Kamble
    • Prateek Jalan
    • Rachel Johnson
    • Reagan Renner
    • Revathi Narasimha
    • Rexraman Rajkumar
    • Robert Liebendorfer
    • Ryan Wanner
    • Sahana Voleti
    • Sangeeta Eluri
    • Sarah Farahani
    • Sathi Sikdar
    • Tarun Tripathy
    • Triza Nganga
    • Vince Liberato
    • Yashna Hemrajani
    • Zhiyaqng (CoCo) Yu
    • Nikhil Shaw

    * Membership as of 11/15/2017

  • Graduate Projects
  • Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

    • Faces of Dean’s Council – Faces of Dean’s Council profiles current graduate Dean’s Council members, as well as Alums, to highlight the accomplishments of our members, their diversity in backgrounds, education, and experience, as well as to track their progress to and beyond graduation.
    • Faces of JSOM – Faces of JSOM is a project to showcase the spirit of the students, faculty, and alumni of the Jindal School of Management. Being a platform for global interaction where everyone seems to be a stranger busy with their demanding schedules, these interactions make us realize that everyone has their own story which connects the community and brings them closer.
    • Orientation Video – A video that shows a working professional’s transformation from part-time commuter student to full-time Comet.
    • MS Oath – The MS Oath committee within the Dean’s Council has been tasked with writing an oath for all students who graduate from the MS program at UT Dallas. This will be a binding pledge that captures the core values that are imbibed in us as comets. Students are expected to take this oath upon their honor and always abide by the oath in everything that they do as future leaders.
    • WiseWords – WISE WORDS ARE COMING!     Wise Words is a student lead initiative by the JSOM Graduate Dean’s Council to bring together creative and innovative speakers drawn from the UTD Student and faculty community, as well as from alumni and working professionals. The goal is to present our audience with four 15 minute presentations on diverse topics that might not otherwise be featured due to their out of the box perspective or lack of pointed industry specific focus. We hope that these talks can provide a platform for our speakers to share something unique with the audience and contribute to fosters a well-rounded sense of life-long learning in the UTD community.  Our first event is set to take place the last week of January 2018.
    • 3rd Annual JSOM OWLIE Awards.
    • We continue to serve as Ambassadors for important Jindal School Events.

    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.
    • 2nd Annual JSOM Owlie awards.
    • Identified and connected with nearly 1000 MBA alumni to help build the brand of Jindal School of Management.
    • Adopted the “Wise Owl” as the council’s mascot.
    • Adopted the tradition of “Patting the Owl” for good-lucks on exams.

    Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

    • 1st 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.
    • Identified and connected with nearly 2000 alumni to help build the brand of Jindal School of Management.

    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.

    Spring 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.
    • 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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