Jason Williamson has been awarded the 2015-2016 Jack Lindgren Award, one of the University of Virginia’s Mead Endowment-funded grants. Established in 2002, the endowment provides a small group of faculty members who display “outstanding potential to become friends and mentors of students” with grants to create their own “dream ideas,” or projects that inspire students academically while building valuable personal relationships. The Mead Endowment was founded in honor of the late Ernest “Boots” Mead, a professor of music who retired from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1996. During his 35 years at the University, Mead became known for his deep personal interest in students, and his remarkable ability to draw out and cultivate their unique talents and abilities. The Jack Lindgren Award honors legendary Marketing Professor Emeritus Jack Lindgren, who retired from the McIntire School in 2013 after an extraordinary career of mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring students. Williamson’s “dream project,” for which he received $3,000 in endowment seed money, is to lead student teams in social enterprise endeavors that will generate profits for Charlottesville-area charitable organizations. (Read more.)
Bob Webb presented his paper, “The Impact of Latency Sensitive Trading on High Frequency Arbitrage Opportunities,” at the Financial Management Association Europe conference in Venice in June 2015 and at the University of Otago Business School in Dunedin, New Zealand, in August 2015. Also in August, he gave a keynote speech, “What Drives Success in Futures Markets?” at the Capital Markets Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand. Webb also gave the presentation, “Where's Alpha?” to CFA societies in Hong Kong, China, Manila, the Philippines, Wellington, New Zealand, and Auckland.
In July 2015, Rob Patterson taught a core course, “The Essentials of Public Speaking,” in the UVA Advance summer program, a four-week summer residential program for highly motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. He also sponsored the Junior State of America program on Grounds during the summer of 2015 and taught three sessions: one on public speaking and two covering selected speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Both programs aim to provide glimpses of the college experience to high school students showing academic promise. In addition, Patterson was appointed by the Faculty Senate leadership team to serve on its Executive Council.
Patrik Sandås offered tips for prospective homebuyers in a WalletHub article titled “The Health of the Housing Market in 25 Big Cities.”
Ryan Nelson co-authored a paper titled “The Delphi Method Research Strategy in Studies of Information Systems,” which appeared in Communications of the Association for Information Systems (Vol. 37, 2015).
David Mick participated in the Fifth Biennial Conference on Transformative Consumer Research, held in May 2015 at Villanova University. He was part of a two-day panel of 12 researchers developing theory and research on mindfulness and consumer behavior.
Kisha Lashley was featured in an Oct. 12, 2015, UVA Today article titled “New Professor Studies Stigmatized Businesses While Breaking Her Own Barriers.”
Bill Kehoe is one of three recipients of the 2015 Jefferson Scholars Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by UVA's Jefferson Scholars Foundation. The award invites schools from across the University to nominate any full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and sought to instill in their students the virtues of scholarship and a love of learning. Award winners receive $5,000; the three recipients were recognized at a banquet in October 2015. “[The JSF is] looking for the very best teachers to honor, those who go the extra mile in instilling a love of learning and the virtues of scholarship,” said Director of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation's Graduate Fellowship Program Bill Wilson, who chaired the award selection committee. “Knowing Bill as well as I do, I am thrilled with the choice we made. The testimonials on Bill's behalf from colleagues and students were simply laudatory, and we find ourselves not only in admiration of Bill's devotion to our vocation, but thankful for it as well.” “As a member of McIntire's Marketing Area since 1975, Bill has compiled a remarkable teaching record and service record,” said Marketing Professor Rick Netemeyer. “It is impossible to explain the totality of the impact he has had on students, colleagues, McIntire, and UVA in those 40 years. He is one of the most selfless people at the School, always putting students first. Simply put, Bill is a master teacher, academic, and mentor.” (Read more.)
Rob Cross is the founder of Connected Commons, an application-oriented, non-commercial group of business leaders and scholars who work together to consider the numerous and evolving ways that organizational network analysis can help to effectively address such mission-critical challenges as organizational change and alignment, innovation, talent optimization, and leadership effectiveness. The Connected Commons held a summit Sept. 9 and 10, 2015, at UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library that addressed the networking habits of high performers, how networks shape individuals’ reputations, what networks have to do with organizational innovation and with individual well-being and success, and a range of other issues. Attended by some 120 key representatives from more than 90 leading organizations around the world (attendees included high-ups from such household names as AIG, Capital One, General Mills, Intel, Microsoft, Pfizer, and The World Bank Group), the event marked the first such large-scale conference for the Connected Commons. (Read more.)