» GIVING BACK TO THEIR ALMA MATER
Alumni Nancy, '93, MPA '95 and Andrew Ozuna, '91 are passionate about many things in their lives—their family, their careers and their love of UTSA.
The Ozunas met at Jefferson High School and made UTSA their first choice when they went onto college. Continuing to call San Antonio home, Andrew is a senior vice president for Regions Bank, and Nancy is a partner at public accounting firm BKD, LLP.
Andrew was immediately attracted to the college's building development program and was active with the program's student organization. He went on to Texas A&M to complete a master's in real estate—a degree that he was thoroughly prepared for because of his UTSA education.
Giving back to his alma mater, Andrew is a frequent guest lecturer on campus and has mentored students.
"My advice to students is to network, network, network," said Andrew. "San Antonio is a big small town. Once you get into a profession, you see the same people. You need to know how to position yourself as a trusted advisor, communicate effectively and act with a sense of urgency for clients."
"Student organizations are incubators for building professional networks," said Nancy, who was active with many UTSA student organizations and served as president of Beta Alpha Psi. "Peer networks begin in school. Get involved, but also become a leader."
Nancy credits in part her experiences at UTSA and the faculty with helping her get started in her career. "My life has been an amazing journey. I'm proud to be the mother of three magnificent kids, and I have had a successful 17-year career in public accounting."
"When I started my family, the issue of balancing career and family was a major consideration for us. Everyone looks for that balance in their lives whether they are male or female. I think what I have learned is that it takes hard work, commitment and the support of my family and my firm to constantly work to achieve balance."
Nancy continues to maintain her connections to UTSA. She is chairman of the college's Accounting Advisory Board, serves on the Alumni Association gala committee and is a member of the college's Advisory Council. In 2009 she was named the Accounting Alumnus of the Year.
"When I'm interviewing students, I tell them having a strong GPA is just one aspect of what an employer is looking for, it tells one part of who you are," said Nancy, who serves as the San Antonio office partner in charge of recruiting. "But there are many attributes that people look for like communication, leadership and the ability to multitask."
While UTSA has changed greatly since the Ozunas were on campus, they are excited about the changes that are occurring. "Our families instilled within us the importance of giving back," said Andrew.
"We were both afforded great opportunity from our time here at UTSA," said Nancy. "We believe that you should be involved as a student, then come back and give back as alumni."
Following their own advice, the Ozunas support UTSA through their volunteer activities, their participation in the Alumni Association and now as football season ticket holders.
"Football has instilled pride into the campus and gives alumni like us an outlet to cheer on not only our team, but also our university," said Nancy. "We are looking forward to a new season of Roadrunner football."