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Even for the haves, holidays may not be bright

Gainesville, Fla. – Due to tough economic times, Florida consumers plan major cutbacks to their 2008 holiday spending, according to telephone surveys of more than 500 Florida residents conducted in September and October. The worst news for retailers: expectations fell as the season approaches. The September survey showed a 38 percent decrease from last year (from $1,324 per resident to $828) and, in October, the average dropped to $802. Barton Weitz, executive director of UF’s David F. Miller Center for

Fisher students named 2008 KPMG Diversity Leaders

Gainesville, Fla. – KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has selected Fisher School of Accounting students Sharon Koele and Tatiana Lewinsky for its 2008 Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) class. Koele and Lewinsky are among 51 students from across the U.S. who were chosen to participate in the FDL as a result of their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement, and active participation in diversity organizations. In its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation

UF grads cross bridge to business education

Gainesville, Fla. – In May 2008, 23 students joined with the Hough Graduate School of Business in a new and very different type of program. These individuals were part of the first-ever cohort of the Post Doctoral Bridge (PDB) program for non-business Ph.D. holders, created to prepare participants for teaching and research careers in business schools. The program is endorsed by AACSB International, and was conceived in response to an AACSB Doctoral Faculty Commission report that predicted a critical shortage

Young entrepreneurs bring real change to UF campus, community

Gainesville, Fla. –More than 50,000 students started school at UF last week, but 23 very special high school students got a head start on them this summer. Those students declared themselves agents for change, as they participated in the second annual Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Change (YELC) Program, offered by UF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI). During those six weeks, YELC students took two college-level courses, “Exploring Entrepreneurship” and “Social Problems and Solutions,” and expanded their knowledge of

U.S. News ranks Warrington among top 20 public business programs

Gainesville, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration is ranked among the nation’s Top 30 Business Programs in the 2009 U.S.News & World Report survey of “America’s Best Colleges.” Warrington is ranked #18 overall among public business programs. UF’s business faculty also scored high ratings in specialty categories, appearing on seven lists. The annual rankings, which were released on August 22, are based on U.S. News surveys sent to deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by

Finance major wins $5,000 study abroad scholarship

Gainesville, Fla. – Gustavo Bartczak, a senior in the Warrington College of Business Administration, is the winner of a $5,000 Freeman-ASIA scholarship award. Gustavo, a Coral Springs resident, will use the prize this Fall semester to study in China at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. The primary goal of Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial

Bart Weitz wins Retailing SIG’s First Lifetime Achievement Award

Gainesville, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business Administration is proud to announce that Professor Barton A. Weitz is the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award presenting by the Retailing SIG of the American Marketing Association (AMA). Professor Weitz has been a faculty member of the Warrington College of Business Administration since 1985 as the JCPenney Eminent Scholar in Marketing, where he also serves as executive director of the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research, one

Lutz named Sherwin-Williams Distinguished Teacher

Gainesville, Fla. – Richard Lutz, JCPenney Professor of Marketing, was named one of three recipients of the 2008 Sherwin-Williams Distinguished Teaching Award. The award, now in its 11th year, will be presented by the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA) at its Annual Conference in St. Petersburg November 4 – 9, 2008. The annual award honors marketing educators for significant contributions to the quality of marketing education. The selection process for the SMA award begins in the spring of each year

From Hong Kong to Wall Street, UF’s MSF Program is making big waves

Gainesville, Fla. – Seven years since its inception, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree program is showing a strong return on investment for its students and graduates. The addition of a combined degree program has opened the door to even more students for whom the narrow focus on finance is an attractive alternative to a traditional MBA program. Thanks to outstanding faculty, as well as practical insights provided through the Finance Professional Speaker Series and additional lecture lunches

Publishing giants speak in graduate finance class

Gainesville, Fla. – Norman Pearlstine (Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group, and former editor-in-chief of Time Inc. and The Wall Street Journal) and John S. Carroll (former editor of the Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun) were recent guests in Adjunct Professor Bruce S. Foerster’s “Capitalism” course, part of the Master of Science in Finance Program. The pair participated in a roundtable discussion pursuant to a class case study framed by two UF students (Jeremy Bailys and Mark Schreiner), and