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Heavener School recognized as one of nation’s top 20 public business schools

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Heavener School of Business was again recognized as one of the top 20 public business schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best Colleges” edition released Wednesday. The Heavener School ranked 18th among U.S. public programs, and 29th overall. It remained the top-ranked undergraduate business school from the state of Florida. “It is wonderful to see that the academic and professional development programs offered through the Heavener School of Business continue to

Fisher School ranks in top 5 among U.S. public undergraduate programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – U.S. News & World Report ranked the Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate program fifth among U.S. public programs in its “2016 Best Colleges” edition released Wednesday. The Fisher School’s undergraduate program ranked 10th overall, and was the only program from the state of Florida recognized in the accounting specialty. “The students, faculty and staff are the essence of the program,” said Dr. Gary McGill, J. Roy Duggan Professor, Director and Associate Dean. “Each group uniquely contributes to

COO of Fortune 500 company emphasizes importance of Big Data

By 2020, there will be as many bits of data as there are stars. By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet—approximately 6.5 connected devices per person. Four billion Google searches are being conducted per day. These were just some of the astonishing statistics and forecasts Bill Muir, the Chief Operating Officer of Jabil, relayed during his appearance to a packed audience of UF MBA students during the program’s Critical Issues in Business series on Wednesday.

Heavener School records another top finish in international case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –The Heavener School of Business finished second in the SDS Case Competition on Aug. 20-29 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The Heavener School has now finished second in both of its international case competitions this fall. The Heavener School was a finalist in the Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge on Aug. 11-15 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Heavener School’s team of Kaily Benedict, Joey Couture, Justin Rich and Jasmin Tahirovic was the only U.S. entry in the 12-team field. The competition

Fisher School again recognized for program quality in PAR rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate (10th), master’s (11th) and doctoral (16th) programs all finished in the top 20 among U.S. public accounting programs in Public Accounting Report’s (PAR) 34th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors. Fisher’s standing in the PAR rankings is even more notable considering its faculty size. Among public programs with medium-size faculty—16 to 21 full-time accounting professors—Fisher’s undergraduate and master’s programs both ranked fourth in the nation. “Fisher faculty, staff, students, and alumni are

Heavener School claims second place in Bangkok

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of four students from the Heavener School of Business at UF’s Warrington College of Business Administration placed second in the Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge (TUBC) on Aug. 11-15 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Heavener School picked up where it left off last year when it reached the finals of four international case competitions, and won three of them. Steven Elkington, Samantha Pace, Harrison Tool and Austin Williams competed against teams from 15 prestigious international schools from

Changing the unfamiliar

In the middle of a congested road under the heat of an unrelenting sun, Robert Felder sat waiting to see the unfamiliar. The unfamiliar was dirt roads without streetlights, tree logs carved into bed frames and chairs, and children playing in the dirt in worn out clothes. This is life in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries. According to Global Finance magazine, Bangladesh currently ranks as the 34th-poorest nation in the world with 25 percent of its citizens living

Marketing professor selected as Batten Fellow

City Furniture Professor Dr. Debanjan Mitra was selected as a 2015-16 Batten Fellow by the University of Virginia’s Batten Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Batten Fellows Program brings prominent and high-potential thought leaders to the Darden School of Business for short and long-term visits. Since 1999, the institute has supported more than 80 experts and promising pioneers in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The purpose of the program is to develop intellectual capital that cumulates in published articles,

Fisher graduate begins exclusive internship program

Cassidy Kallner (BSAc ’15, MAcc ’15) was one of only six students in the nation to be selected for a yearlong postgraduate technical assistant program with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the premier institution that establishes financial accounting standards for business in the United States. FASB’s Postgraduate Technical Assistant Program gives recent graduate accounting students the chance to be involved with the organization’s accounting standard-setting process. Students will be working on major agenda projects, short-term practice or implementation issues.

GSIF’s stock rising

Learning and real-world experience go hand in hand at the Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF), a student-run investment portfolio operated by the Master of Science in Finance (The William R. Hough Program). “The purpose of the fund isn’t to make money,” said Michael Pappas, a recent graduate of the MSF program and past GSIF portfolio manager. “The purpose of the fund is to learn.” Yet that learning has translated into financial success. The fund’s portfolio increased by 72 percent over