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First Students Graduate from MBA International Program

The first students in the college’s inaugural MBA International program completed their degrees this spring.

“This was a great opportunity to come in and be part of a program and contribute to its success,” said Carlos Sanchez, an MBA International graduate who was born in Costa Rica and completed his undergraduate degree in economics at UT Austin. “Our class was incredibly diverse and the cohort experience was extremely positive.”

The MBA International degree program is a lockstep program that is completed in 12 months. The program offers small classes, a globally diverse group of students and studies all international aspects of business.

“It was a great experience working in teams with an accelerated timetable,” said Gordon Karau, an MBA International graduate from British Columbia. Karau spent the summer working on a directed research project in renewable energy storage that included study in the Canary Islands.

In addition to having a strong international focus in the classroom, the 10 students participated in international seminars, an international lecture series and completed an international capstone experience. Students also were required to have a working knowledge of a language other than English before starting the program.

“It has been an exciting and challenging year,” said Dr. Chino Rao, director of the program. “Students were motivated and focused on the successful completion of this program.”

 

Students Awarded Over $100,000 in Scholarships from the Department of Defense
Five students majoring in information assurance and security were awarded $114,000 in scholarships from the Department of Defense (DOD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

The students are Anthony Ballard, doctoral student; Nathan Bain, master’s; Chelsea Hicks, master’s; Nathaniel Ng, master’s; and Dane Stuckey, senior.

The scholarship program is designed to assist in recruiting and retaining highly qualified information assurance personnel to meet the DOD’s information technology requirements for national defense and the security of its information infrastructure.

In exchange for scholarship funding, students must work at the DOD upon graduation. The obligation period is one year of service for each year the scholarship is received, in addition to internship opportunities.

Recipients of the scholarships must attend programs that are recognized as Centers of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Sixty-eight Business Students Participated in COB Immersion Programs

Business students needed passports to participate in four new international immersion programs offered by the College of Business this summer in the Canary Islands, Chile, Finland and Singapore/Vietnam.

These 10-day intensive immersion programs, led by faculty members, included academic presentations, visits to local corporations and cultural experiences. Prior to the immersion experience, students studied the history, culture and socioeconomic conditions of each country. Following the experience, the students completed a final project.

“In today’s business world we must provide students with ‘flat knowledge’ that transcends traditional academic coursework,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business and participant in the Finland immersion. “The college’s in-country immersion programs blend international business perspectives and cultural experiences. These programs combined with on-campus international lecturers and specialized coursework forms the basis for our comprehensive international programming.”

As part of the Canary Islands program, the students participated in a global entrepreneurship competition with students from the Universidad de Las Palmas. Traveling to Santiago, Chile, students partnered with the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez to learn about doing business in Chile. In Finland, the students were hosted by the Aalto University School of Economics. During the experience, the students visited five businesses in Helsinki and traveled to Stockholm, Sweden. Students also traveled to Asia and visited Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City while receiving academic instruction at the National University of Singapore Business School.

“What I learned most from my immersion experience is that there is more than one way to do business,” said Christine Blohm, MBA student and participant in the Finland immersion. “The global experience helped give me the confidence to start thinking outside my comfort zone in terms of where I would like to live and work in the future.”

In addition to these new programs, the College of Business also conducted immersion programs this summer to China, Italy and Spain. Sixty-eight students participated in the college’s immersion programs this summer.

Canary Islands
Led by Dr. Dr. Anita Leffel and Dr. Cory Hallam
12 students participated
Visited Gran Canaria and Tenerife
Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Chile
Led by Dr. Marye Tharpe and Lisa Gomez
12 students participated
Visited Santiago and Valparaiso
Universidad Adolfo Ibanez

Finland
Led by Dr. John Darling, Dr. Lynda de la Viña and Dr. Victor Heller
12 students participated
Visited Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden
Aalto University School of Economics

Singapore/Vietnam
Led by Dr. Joel Saegert
10 students participated
Visited Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City
National university of Singapore, Foreign Trade University and Saigon Tech

Southern Spain
Led by Dr. Jan Clark and Dr. Bennie Wilson
12 students participated
Visited Cordoba, Granada and Seville

Spain
Led by Dr. Dennis Lopez and Dr. Marye Tharpe
10 students participated
Visited Barcelona and Madrid
EAE Business School

 

State Farm Chooses Business Student for National Advisory Board and Internship Program

Lyndsey Luther, a senior majoring in human resource management in the College of Business, was selected to serve on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Luther was one of 30 students chosen from across the United States as a board member.

Board members oversee the awarding of more than $5 million a year in grant funding for student-led service learning projects. State Farm initiatives have included access to higher education, driver safety, environmental responsibility, financial literacy and disaster preparedness.

“I’m excited to be chosen for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board,” said Luther, who is a member of the Honors College. “I wanted to be a part of something that will help other people.”
As part of her appointment, Luther was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from State Farm. She will serve a one-year term with the board.
In addition to serving on the board, Luther completed an internship with State Farm this summer working in human resources at their corporate office in Illinois. As part of her internship she traveled to Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. to help with video projects for the talent management division.

“The internship experience has been amazing,” said Luther. “I’ve learned the ins and outs of the business. State Farm is more than selling insurance.”

 

Doctoral Student Receives Beldon Scholarship

Jessica Inocencio, a first year Ph.D. in business administration student, was named the recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship. The $5,000 merit-based and competitive scholarship is awarded each year to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program. Inocencio, the first business student to receive this award, is majoring in organization and management studies.

A first-generation college student, Inocencio grew up 30 minutes southwest of San Antonio in Lytle, Texas.

Inspired after taking MBA classes at UTSA, Inocencio was determined to emulate her favorite faculty members and become a college professor. Her research interests include diversity and cross-cultural issues in organizations; performance of first-generation college graduates in the workplace; and gender and racial diversity in the corporate elite.

Inocencio admits that the academic road has not been an easy one, but personal motivation and ambition drives her. “I will work diligently to fulfill my goal to become a researcher and faculty member at an institution that values scholarship,” she said.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University and a master’s in media studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. In 2010, she completed the MBA program at UTSA.

 

IS Students Win National Digital Forensics Competition

Four information systems graduate students in the College of Business placed first in the nation in the annual Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center Digital Forensics Challenge. The graduate students were recognized at the 2011 Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference in Atlanta in January.

Team members were Stephen Heist, Luis Reyes, Lawrence Suffern and Christopher Wilkins. The challenge consisted of 20 task-oriented digital forensics challenges. The team placed first in the SANS graduate student division.

“Participants were challenged with real-world analytical dilemmas facing today’s digital forensics practitioners,” said Dr. Nicole Beebe, assistant professor of information systems and technology management. “Their success is the direct result of their innovative thinking and advanced digital forensics knowledge and skill.”

 

Accounting Students Recognized for Business Ethics Research

Accounting students were recognized for their ethics research this spring by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health.

Award recipients were Hope Alvarado, Rachel Delucia, Amanda Frerich, Ashley Holloway, Benjamin Knowles and Juan Roque.

As part of their ethics coursework, the students in Linda Vaello’s ’77, MBA ’80 class conducted research on nominees for the annual San Antonio Ethics in Business awards, sponsored by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. Students participated in on-site visits and interviewed nominees for the awards. Then, they submitted final reports to the Ethics in Business committee who, in turn, selected the recipients.

“Introducing the students to models of ethical firm conduct as well as to the people who have developed these exemplary practices is significant,” said Vaello. “Traditionally students would just learn about ethical breaches as part of the classroom experience. Now they get to see good business ethics in practice.”

Recipients of the Ethics in Business Awards are then invited to campus to share their insights with business students during the college’s annual Business Ethics Symposium.

COB Annual Report 2009

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