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On Board

Brent Turner, MBA’99, charts a new course for alumni leadership

For a guy from Middle Tennessee, Brent Turner, MBA’99, sure uses a lot of nautical terms. That may be the impact of having lived near the Puget Sound in Seattle for the past 12 years, but his choice of words is fitting nonetheless. Turner is helping steer the future of Owen as chair of the school’s Alumni Board, and his enthusiasm, drive and leadership are just the types of invaluable assets you’d want in someone at the helm.

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From the Dean

I’m pleased to report that Owen—as many of you already know—placed 25th in the latest MBA rankings published by U.S. News & World Report this past March. That showing marks our second-highest ranking in the history of this important survey and reflects the hard work and dedication of many in the Owen community. Together we have built great momentum for the school that I believe will soon put us in the top 20.

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Hands On – Photo Essay

Immersion Week offers students real-world experience

This past October’s Immersion Week encompassed health care, finance, marketing and global education, all of which are highlighted in a photo essay.

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Bright and Bold

Spurring innovation through business and research

For David Owens, innovation on a personal level can be hard-wired.

“I am genetically an engineer,” he says. “My wife remarked one day as we were traveling, ‘Why do you always have a bag full of wires when we go on vacation?’ It’s just always been part of my identity.”

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Editor's Memo

Dome Stretch

In this age of technological wonders, it’s easy to forget that ours is just the latest in a long line of innovative periods through history. For every new marvel to come along, there’s likely an equally striking precedent in the past.

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Student Experience

Growth Opportunity

Mahni Ghorashi and Ilya Tokhner, both MBA candidates for 2012, have a short-term goal of completing their studies at Owen this May. Their long-term plans are slightly more ambitious—and could change health care forever.

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Lessons Learned

Second Act

My name is Alex Nicholson, and I’m 63 years old. A year and a half ago, I began a new job as a trading partner in a startup hedge fund. It’s the best job I’ve ever held—the best boss, the best environment and the most fun work. For the first time, I wake up early and can’t wait to go to work.

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Bottom Line

Telling Our Story

To really break through the clutter and claims of other schools, we needed a bolder brand identity that would make the world sit up and take notice, proclaiming loud and clear that we are second to none.

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In the News

Media Mentions

The Associated Press March 7: Michael Burcham, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, has been chosen as a “champion of change” as part of President Barack Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. Burcham was honored at a White House ceremony for his leadership in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Bloomberg Businessweek Nov. 2: MF Global Holdings Ltd.’s bankruptcy, [...]

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Personal Assets

True Brew

Running a craft brewery requires a personal touch, but few pour themselves into the job like Linus Hall. His Nashville-based Yazoo Brewing Co., which has expanded its reach across the Southeast since opening in 2003, is as much a testament to his handcrafted approach to beer making as it is to the larger aesthetic and philosophy that guide his decisions as a business owner.

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