Dean’s Report Articles: page 1

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Giving online students a home

As Warrington offers more flexibility through the UF MBA program, the College wanted to help online students feel like members of The Gator Nation. UF MBA recently introduced an online program that requires zero campus visits, which created a challenge for Warrington’s Teaching and Learning Center – how do you make students feel at home in a location they’ve never visited? The answer came through a shift in orientation. Before the fully online program was introduced, all UF MBA students

Jorge Avalos (right) and Jason McNamara benefitted from Warrington's Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.

Entrepreneurship program provides veterans with venture assistance

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is in its fifth year as a free resource to help veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military who are looking to start a new venture or grow an existing business. Learn how the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center’s program helped veterans like Jorge Avalos and Jason McNamara strengthen their business ideas. Special thanks to our sponsors who help make the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program possible. Jorge Avalos Jorge Avalos always

Pablo Garces and Brian De Souza with their first place $25,000 check at the Big Idea Competition.

Carbon emissions tracking app wins $25,000 in Big Idea Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – LiveGreen won first place at the 2019 Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition. Led by CEO and Co-Founder Brian De Souza and CTO and Co-Founder Pablo Garces, LiveGreen is a mobile platform that empowers people to reduce their carbon footprint so they can be part of the solution to end climate change in one generation. LiveGreen does so by allowing people to track, reduce and offset their daily emissions. Through LiveGreen’s proprietary database, the platform makes it easy

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Want to save more money for retirement? Check the fees on your 401(k)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – What do you dream of doing after you retire? Maybe you’d like to travel the world, buy a vacation home on the beach or, perhaps, get back to work by starting the business you’ve always been passionate about. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re going to need some extra cash to help make your retirement dreams a reality, on top of the expenses you’ll need day-to-day. You might be able to save some of that

From left: Warrington graduate students Justin Schlakman, Natalia Leal, Suzy Dabage, Olivia Piatkowski and Stephanie Barahona.

Warrington students excel in International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business took top honors at the 2019 International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC). IBESCC is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious event of its kind. Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world participate in the annual competition to identify problems and present solutions to some of the most pressing ethical issues in global business today. Warrington’s graduate student team came in first

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GSIF continues rapid growth

The Gator Student Investment Fund (GSIF) made a $13,440 donation to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program this spring. In 2017, the fund announced it would be making annual payments through an endowment-like structure that pays three percent of the portfolio value to the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, which pursues the primary goal of graduating first-generation, low-income undergraduate students. GSIF, a student-managed investment fund that gives members a realistic asset management experience, has seen the fund grow to $561,667

Person standing in a crowd at a concert taking a photo of the stage.

Study: Live in the moment, don’t selfie or snap it

If you’re attending a destination wedding, taking a tour or simply celebrating the birthday of someone dear, a study by a group of researchers involving the University of Florida Warrington College of Business and Washington University in St. Louis came to both a new scientific conclusion and a kernel of everyday advice: Put the cellphone/camera down. Enjoy the important moment. “We get so focused on picture-taking, we miss the experience itself,” said Robyn LeBoeuf, professor of marketing at Washington University’s

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Warrington to offer complimentary Barron’s digital subscriptions to students, faculty and staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  In partnership with Barron’s in Education, the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida announces complimentary Barron’s digital subscription access for the College’s students, faculty and staff thanks to a two-year sponsorship generously made by Tommy and Laura McBride and Dallas-based wealth management firm Crockett, McBride & Associates – Merrill Lynch. Barron’s is America’s premier financial magazine, providing in-depth analysis and commentary on stocks, investments and how markets are moving across the U.S. and world. The Barron’s in

Man on vacation, sunbathing and enjoying the view of the Caribbean Sea from the room balcony of a resort hotel in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Probabilistic selling a key for companies selling vertically differentiated products, UF Warrington study finds

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  If you were in the process of booking a hotel room in Miami, but suddenly received a notification that you could potentially reserve a room with an ocean view while only paying the rate of a room with a view of the parking lot, would you be intrigued to learn more? This selling technique is called probabilistic selling, which works by offering consumers a predetermined product assortment (a room with a view of the ocean or a

Olivia Piatkowski, Ophir Rotem, Dr. Sean Limon, Victoria Edison and Cathleen Maluda.

Heavener students win international case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  A team of four Heavener School of Business students took first place at the Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge (TUBC) in Bangkok, Thailand this October. Cathleen Maluda (BSBA Finance ’19), Olivia Piatkowski (BSBA Finance ’18, MSF ’19), Ophir Rotem (BSBA Marketing ’19) and Victoria Eidson (BSBA Marketing, MIB ’19) outperformed 19 teams from some of the top business schools around the world including University of California – Berkeley, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Canada’s Queen’s