UHV business faculty win Bloomberg BusinessWeek awards

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek Regional Sales Manager Shandale Robertson, left, presents teaching and research awards to University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration faculty members Jeffrey Radighieri, Stephanie Solansky and Jie Yang.

Three University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration faculty members recently received financial awards from Bloomberg BusinessWeek for their effectiveness in using the company’s materials in teaching and research.

Jie Yang, associate professor of operations management and quantitative methods, won the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Research Award worth $2,500.

Jeffrey Radighieri, assistant professor of marketing, and Stephanie Solansky, assistant professor of management, were winners of the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Teaching Award of $2,000.

The trio was recognized at a recent UHV School of Business Administration reception. Bloomberg BusinessWeek provides discounted magazine subscriptions to faculty and students.

“Our partnership with Bloomberg BusinessWeek is enormously beneficial to our students and faculty,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “As one of the leading publications in the business world, it complements our faculty’s global view of business and industry, which enhances the diversity of course content. Our students get a big picture of business dealings, something we pride ourselves on in all our bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”

Yang, who also is a certified supply chain professional, conducts her primary research on relational infrastructure in a buyer-supplier relationship, supply chain agility and knowledge, and supply chain management interface in transition economies. Her research has been published in more than 16 highly ranked academic journals.

“I am grateful to receive this generous research award in recognition of my scholarly works,” Yang said. “The recognition and sustainable support from the UHV School of Business Administration have deepened my commitment to continue advancing the current studies in my research area. It motivates my colleagues and me to reach for a higher level of excellence in research.”

Solansky said she was honored to receive a teaching award and be recognized by the publication and the school.

“The purpose of incorporating Bloomberg BusinessWeek into my courses is to demonstrate the connection of course content to current events that depict leadership issues,” she said. “As students read the assigned articles, they browse other articles that relate to business, and that keeps them more informed of the discipline they are pursuing.”

Nayla Hoak
Nayla Hoak

Nayla Hoak of Houston also was recognized at the Sept. 8 reception as the top-ranking Bachelor of Business Administration student for the spring 2011 semester. She had the top original business case analysis on Starbucks Coffee Co. Student presentations are evaluated on purpose and organization, subject knowledge, use of multimedia, delivery and graphic design.

The BBA Conference has taken place each spring since 2007 and is the culmination of the BBA program. Students enrolled in “Strategic Management,” the program’s capstone course, attend the conference, which includes a luncheon in their honor.

Hoak will receive a certificate, and her name will be engraved on a plaque in the UHV School of Business Administration. She also will be invited to serve as a panelist at future case competitions.

Niroomand also recognized winners of the Spring Master of Business Administration Case Study and Simulation competitions. These winners were announced in May.

For more information about the UHV School of Business Administration, visit or call 361-570-4231. 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ken Cooke 361-570-4342