Carnegie Mellon University
June 20, 2016

The Tepper School's Top 10 Stories of the Year

From alumni awards, to faculty research, to the Tepper Quad groundbreaking — a myriad of topics caught the interest of the Tepper School community during the past year. Below are the 10 most-read stories of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Obituary: Professor Richard C. "Rick" Green was a leading financial economist, and devoted educator and researcher at the Tepper School of Business

Tepper School professor and former senior associate dean Richard Green passed away on October 9, 2015. Green’s intellect and affability earned him respect as a teacher, a researcher, a leader at the Tepper School of Business and one of the presiding financial economists of his generation. In the months since, the Tepper School — in collaboration with alumni, colleagues, and friends — began raising funds to establish the Richard C. Green Professorship in Financial Economics. Also, an academic workshop was held in honor of Green in May 2016.

Tepper School of Business appoints new head of MBA Program

This year, the Tepper School appointed Kate Barraclough as the new head of its top-ranked MBA program. In this position, Barraclough works in conjunction with the faculty and the Dean’s office to provide strategic direction for the program in alignment with the school’s mission and values, and represents the program to current and prospective students.

100 Tepper School students benefit from company visits, alumni connections during California trek

Roughly 100 students toured world-famed businesses in the Bay Area, including Hewlett Packard, Google, Accel Partners (where they visited with Jim Swartz, MSIA ’66), Cisco, GoPro, Shutterfly, Twitter, VMware, Autodesk, PayPal, Y Combinator, Anki and more. The students in attendance represented the Business and Technology Club, the Swartz Fellows, the Innovation Scholars, Tepper School MBAs and others from across the Carnegie Mellon campus.

New cohort of Undergraduate Business Administration students joins the Tepper School of Business

Last fall, the Tepper School community during Orientation Week welcomed 123 excited, new freshman students, who were greeted at the school with a welcome session for them and their families on move-in day, informational sessions with their academic advisors and a Downtown Adventure trek. This class represented a diverse set of backgrounds, with students coming from 23 different U.S. states and eight different countries.

Tepper Quad breaks ground

On October 30, 2015 — with David Tepper, students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and university leadership in attendance — Carnegie Mellon University broke ground on the future site of the Tepper Quad, marking the official launch of the 4.5-acre site as a centerpiece and "new north" of campus. This major addition to the university is set to be completed by fall 2018.

Tepper School of Business student awarded Fifth Year Scholarship

In addition to fulfilling his studies as a double major in Business Administration and Creative Writing in the Dietrich College’s English department, not to mention playing on the men’s basketball team, Blake Chasen also represented the Tepper School in the Fifth Year Scholarship Program this year. Fifth Year Scholars contribute to the university’s intellectual capacity by completing a community impact project. Chasen’s project is a “Stress Manifesto” that will provide incoming students with best practices and helpful advice related to time management and stress reduction.

David Tepper visits campus for annual Town Hall

On April 6, 2016, David Tepper, MBA ’82, visited campus for Tepper Spirit Day and hosted his annual Town Hall, a popular tradition with Tepper School students, faculty and staff. Tepper shared career advice with students and answered questions related to finance, politics and the factors that have contributed to his success.

Tepper School of Business appoints Hollifield as head of Undergraduate Business Administration Program

This year, the Tepper School appointed Burton Hollifield as the new head of its Undergraduate Business Administration program. Hollifield, the PNC Professor of Finance, provides strategic direction and facilitates the tactical growth of the program, while maintaining its strong student services and advising component. In conjunction with Hollifield’s appointment, Stephen Pajewski was promoted to acting executive director, Rubab Jafry O’Connor was named the director of the program, and Tara Trapani joined the Tepper School staff as the assistant director.

Exceptional alumni recognized during Reunion Weekend 2016

For the first time this year, the Tepper School of Business Alumni Awards were presented at Reunion Weekend, giving the awardees the opportunity to celebrate with their former classmates and making it a particularly memorable event for the entire Tepper alumni community. Awardees included Manoj Singh, MSIA ’76; Joel Adams, MSIA ’86; Rimmo Jolly, MSIA ’95; Geoffrey Bent, MBA ’07; Shamir Karkal, MBA ’06 and Joshua Reich, MBA ’06.

The Deal with the Heels: Higher heels come from high society, researchers say

In the first large-scale demonstration of what researchers describe as the tension between psychological conformity and consistency for women, Jeff Galak, associate professor of marketing, revealed in that when American women relocate to wealthier cities they adopt the fashion preferences of those around them. On the other hand, when moving to poorer cities, women stick with their previous wardrobe style, no matter the local norm.