Spring 2018

Collins College of Business News

TU students named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford d.school program

Six TU students have been named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) for the 2017-18 academic year. The program empowers fellows to create opportunities that ensure their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world. Fellows complete a rigorous application process and six weeks of online training led by the d.school, and also travel to the University Innovation Fellows Silicon Valley Meetup to learn from peers at other universities as well as industry leaders.

Each class of fellows will identify projects that create solutions to incorporate a culture of innovation across TU’s campus.


Friends of Finance speaker lineup to feature TU alumni

For more than 30 years, TU’s Friends of Finance organization has forged a lasting relationship between Tulsa’s academic and business communities while augmenting the university’s finance program and strengthening ties with alumni. With more than 400 members, the organization provides a forum that fosters a passion for business and an opportunity for networking.

Eight times a year, Friends of Finance features business leaders from some of the world’s largest companies who speak on topics of their choice.

While the 2018-2019 calendar is still being finalized, two alumni have confirmed they will return to TU as part of next year’s speaker lineup. Alex Lintner (BSBA ’85), president of Experian’s Consumer Information Services, will speak September 4th; and Stephen Berberich (BSBA ’85, MBA ’87), president and CEO of the California Independent System Operator, will speak in April 2019. Meeting information and registration is available at business.utulsa.edu/fof.


Inaugural business ethics competition a success

Business students tested their ethical reasoning skills in a new college-wide business ethics competition last fall. The Business Ethics Cam Slam was open to all undergraduate business majors and minors. Teams of three students had 90 minutes to analyze a business ethics case, develop an ethical framework and solution and create presentation slides and a 10-minute video. The top four competitors then defended their ethical choices to a panel of judges to win prize money.

Applied Instructor of Management and Marketing Claire Cornell served as faculty adviser for the competition, which positions students as corporate executives faced with a business case. The teams must pick an ethical framework, identify the stakeholders and short- and long-term effects, analyze the triple bottom line and make a recommendation for the business.


TU hosts Hour of Code for area Girl Scouts

The University of Tulsa recently hosted an Hour of Code event for more than 100 area Girl Scouts ranging from ages 6 to 13. The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

Collins College of Business students and alumni volunteered to assist the Girl Scouts and answer any questions as they worked individually through the Hour of Code program. Kristen Davis, a junior majoring in management and physics, helped organize the first event in 2015 along with Amy Cairns (BSBA ’17). Participation has grown from around 25 participants to more than 100.