UTSA College of Business Newsletter
February 23, 2017
Accounting Alumnus of the Year

Matthew Mussenden
Finance Student Receives Goldman Sachs Internship and Scholarship

Matthew Mussenden is the first to admit that he didn’t know anything about finance a year ago. But, he credits his success to hard work, commitment and a career aptitude test that he took that pointed him toward the fields of accounting and finance. And, the test must have been correct because Mussenden received three internship offers from prestigious investment banks this summer in New York City.  He chose the securities summer analyst position with Goldman Sachs and was also one of only five students in the nation in his division chosen to receive their Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence. Mussenden’s journey has not been without challenges.  He experienced tragedy as a 12 year old when his mother died, and he was raised by his grandmother. He joined UTSA’s tennis team as a walk on, and he worked as a waiter and tennis instructor while a full-time student. But, he continued to persevere. “My passion is finance.  And UTSA’s finance program is among the best in the country because of The Investment Society,” said Houston native Mussenden.  “The people at UTSA make the difference.  We’re competing against Ivy League schools and winning.  I’m so appreciative that I came to UTSA.”

Business Plan Competition
Student Biotech Startup Has Winning Formula

Combining business acumen with an innovative biomedical solution has been a winning combination for NovoThelium, a student-led startup biotechnology company. Founded in October 2015 by biomedical students Bianca Cerqueira and Lauren Cornell, MS ’12, NovoThelium utilizes tissue engineering to provide breast cancer patients with nipple reconstruction. NovoThelium won the Women’s Startup Pitch competition held at Texas Woman’s University in September, the UTSA Big Rowdy Idea CITE Business Plan competition in November and the TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society) business plan competition in December. “We both have a history of breast cancer in our family,” said Cornell, who is a doctoral student in UTSA’s joint translational science program and earned her master’s in biomedical engineering at UTSA.  “With our background in tissue engineering, we want to change the standard of care for nipple reconstruction.” In the first semester of her doctoral program last fall, Cornell began taking entrepreneurship classes in the College of Business.  As part of a class assignment, Cornell pitched her company to her MBA classmates as the basis for her team’s business plan.

Accounting golf tournament
Accounting Golf Tournament Celebrating 25th Anniversary

Get into the swing of things by participating in the 25th anniversary Kathleen R. Keil Memorial Scholarship golf tournament hosted by the UTSA Department of Accounting. The tournament will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 12. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. Throughout the tournament’s 25-year history, more than 70 accounting students have received over $80,000 in scholarships. The tournament was established in memoriam to honor Kathleen Reymann Keil, ’85, the founding president of the college’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well as foursome and individual player registration.

Leadership presentation
College's CSPD Sponsored Leadership Seminars for Students and Alumni

More than 150 UTSA business alumni and students learned how to become the chief executive officer of Me, Inc. at a series of leadership events hosted by the UTSA College of Business Center for Student Professional Development. The events featured Rod Colón, a career coach and motivational speaker. Colón provided tips for networking, using LinkedIn professionally and advancing one’s career. “Manage one’s career as a business,” said Colón. “You need to know who you are before you can network with others.” Colón encouraged the participants to leverage the power of LinkedIn to build their brand and discover new career opportunities.

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