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

Russell Bellomy
MBA Student Russell Bellomy Flying High in His New Career

Finding success both on the gridiron as well as in the classroom, Russell Bellomy will graduate this spring from the UTSA College of Business with both his MBA and a dream job at American Airlines. Bellomy’s story began at the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management and was a quarterback on the University of Michigan football team. Returning to his home state of Texas, Bellomy was accepted into UTSA’s MBA program and joined UTSA’s football team. Realizing his passion for numbers, he decided to focus on finance after meeting with graduate advisor Cara Jones and former graduate career advisor Peter Morales in the college’s Graduate Business Studies Office. ¬†Utilizing connections from a former professor, Bellomy applied for American Airlines MBA internship program, and he was one of five students selected for their financial planning summer analyst position.

Income Inequality
Economics Professor Studies Income Inequality

A new study by Edgar Ghossoub, associate professor of economics, posits that income inequality, in varying economies, can have substantial positive and negative effects for people in all walks of life depending on what kind of financial system they live under. "Typically, we have different income groups," Ghossoub said. "The low-income groups hold mainly assets like cash, which comes from their salaries, whereas the richer groups have more money to invest in many different assets." Ghossoub studied financial systems all over the world to understand the relationship between income inequality and inflation, which is the rising or falling value of money. He found that as a system grows and develops, income inequality tends to rise because people are becoming wealthier while many are remaining poor. However, the size of the country's stock market is also a major factor.

Data Analytics
College Enrolling Next Class of Data Analytics Students

Helping meet the nation's demand for data analysts, the UTSA College of Business is recruiting its next cohort of students for the M.S. in Data Analytics program. The next class will begin Fall 2017, and applications are due by June 15. Daytime students can complete this program in 12 months, and evening students in 21 months. Launched last year, the program leverages the college's strengths in cyber security, cloud computing and statistical analysis. Drawing upon experiential learning, students will learn the latest tools, techniques and technologies used to transform data into meaningful information. Further, they will apply their education by performing real world data analytics through intensive practicum coursework with local strategic business partners. According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, the United States alone faces a shortage of 140,000-190,000 individuals with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts capable of analyzing Big Data and making decisions based on their findings.

Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas Challenges Graduate Students to Get Involved

Andy Thomas challenges graduate students in the UTSA College of Business to get involved with student organizations and activities. Since beginning his MBA studies, Thomas has been an active member of the Graduate Business Association serving as an officer, executive vice president and president. “The College of Business has a lot of opportunities and resources for its students,” he said. Last summer he traveled to Argentina and Chile as part of the college’s International Immersion Program. In recognition of his involvement, he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in the college last spring. When he is not promoting the college’s Graduate Business Association, Thomas works as a contract closeout specialist at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind & Vision Impaired. ¬†He ensures that military contractors are paid in full and recovers any money left over in the accounts. “There are no limits to what blind people can achieve,” said Thomas, who is visually impaired and has worked in his current position since 2009.

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