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Business Alumnus Named Head of Alumni, Marketing
Jim Mickey, ’78, has returned to his alma mater as associate vice president for alumni programs and marketing at UTSA. He joins UTSA after a 30-year career in telecommunications, first with AT&T (Southwestern Bell), then with Sprint and most recently as chief operating officer of Pocket Communications. Mickey will supervise alumni programs, marketing and creative services. In this role, he will lead the 4,500-member UTSA Alumni Association with plans to engage the more than 81,000 graduates worldwide.
In spite of a busy family and professional life, Mickey always found time for UTSA. Some say he virtually invented Roadrunner pride. When he was a student in the late 1970s, the Student Government Association held an election to name the university mascot with the two leading choices being the Armadillos and the Conquistadors. With approximately 10 days until the election, Mickey and a group of friends formed a campaign to get students behind the idea that UTSA should be the Roadrunners.
Mickey has been active with the UTSA Alumni Association, first as a volunteer and later as a board member, since 1991, and in 2007 was honored as Alumnus of the Year.
“I am thrilled to join UTSA at this time to help our team shape the future for Alumni Programs. It is an honor to be selected by my alma mater,” said Mickey. “I look forward to the challenge and using the business experience I’ve gained over my career. It feels great to be back at UTSA.”
D.C. Alumni Gather for Roadrunner Reception
UTSA College of Business alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area gathered for an alumni reception last fall at the San Antonio Bar and Grill in Washington. Kim West, executive director of advancement for the college, hosted the event.
Alumni participants included Adonis Castillo,’04; Elaine Coronado, ’94; Katherine Dollard, ’87; Tommy Lee, ’83; Christian Porter, ’08; Kendra Ramos, ’90, MS ’07; Lionel Ramos, ’89, MS ’02; Marco Santiago, ’00; and Timothy Sotirhos, ’06.
The group reminisced about their days at UTSA and discussed reactivating the D.C. alumni chapter and supporting the creation of an Alumni Challenge Gift.
Accounting Names Alumnus of the Year
Nancy Ozuna, ’93, MPA ’95, was named the recipient of the Department of Accounting 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award.
Ozuna is a partner at BKD, LLP. Her specialty is auditing employee benefit plans. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the San Antonio Chapter of Certified Public Accounts and the UTSA Alumni Association. She has also been named chair of the UTSA Accounting Advisory Board.
The award recognizes superior accomplishments of accounting alumni in their field as well as in their support of the department’s programming.