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Organization’s award highlights alumnus’ work for businesswomen

In the competitive and sometimes cutthroat world of big business, Bill Alcorn (BSBA ’71) is somewhat of an enigma. While some business executives do all they can to shield competitors from the marketplace, Alcorn did everything he could to welcome them in, especially female entrepreneurs who he felt weren’t given a fair shake. Alcorn’s generosity and leadership were honored again Thursday with the awarding of the William J. Alcorn Leadership Award by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) during

Weitz receives Florida Retail Federation’s lifetime achievement award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –Dr. Barton Weitz, the former jcpenney Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business Administration, received the Florida Retail Federation Lifetime Service Award for his dedicated service to the FRF and the industry. Dr. Weitz, who retired this summer after spending 27 years at Warrington, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on retailing. He was the founder and Executive Director of the David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center, one of the nation’s leading research

Warrington celebrates dedication of Miller Retail Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The newly-remodeled David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education & Research was officially dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon at David Stuzin Hall on the campus of the University of Florida. Among the luminaries on hand to open the new facility were David F. Miller, former Vice Chairman of jcpenney and for whom the Center is named; Dr. W. Andrew McCollough, UF’s Associate Provost for IT, E-Learning and Distance Education; and Dr. Steven Kirn, Executive Director

Ribbon-cutting for David F. Miller Retail Center set for Wednesday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Warrington College of Business Administration will hold a dedication and ribbon-cutting for the newly remodeled David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education & Research on Wednesday, October 19 at 4 p.m. at David Stuzin Hall on the business campus of the University of Florida. Scheduled to speak at the event are Dr. Selcuk Erenguc, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; Dr. W. Andrew McCollough, UF’s Associate Provost for IT, E-Learning and Distance Education; David F. Miller,

Former Sears VP Kirn named Executive Director of Miller Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Steven P. Kirn, a former Vice President for Learning and Development at Sears, has been named Executive Director of the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research. Dr. Kirn replaces Dr. Barton Weitz, who has served as the Center’s Executive Director since its inception 24 years ago. Dr. Weitz will assume the role of Executive Director Emeritus at the Center and continue his duties as Professor of Marketing and JCPenney Eminent Scholar Chair. Dr.

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

Undergrad Takes 1st Place in International Charrette

Gainesville, Fla. – Sylvia Borek, a graduating senior and one of Warrington’s top students, recently won first place in the 2nd Annual ACRA (American Collegiate Retailing Association) Charrette in Toronto, Canada. A Charrette is an intense, real-world case business competition in which interdisciplinary student teams solve a complex problem for a business organization. This year’s retail client was Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd (MLSE). One of the largest sports and entertainment companies in North America, it owns the Air

Weitz named outstanding retailing educator

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Barton Weitz, JCPenney Eminent Scholar of Retail Management in the Warrington College of Business, has been named the recipient of the third Annual Outstanding Retailing Educator Award. The award is sponsored jointly by the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M, JCPenney, and the National Retailing Federation. The award, which is national in scope and cuts across disciplines and colleges, honors an outstanding teacher of retailing whose efforts promote retailing as a career and whose teaching inspires