Business Update
Feb. 5, 2010



The College of Business is launching a new one-year MBA International program beginning this summer. The full-time MBA program will offer small classes, a globally diverse group of students and will study all international aspects of business. For more information, e-mail mbainternational@utsa.edu.


Calendar of Events


Feb. 15
Graduate Business Programs Information Session
5:45 p.m.
Business Building 4.01.18
Call 458-4641

Feb. 19-20
Homecoming

Feb. 25
EMBA Information Session
6 p.m.
Business Building 1.01.20
Call 458-4778

March 2
Graduate Business Programs Information Session
5:45 p.m.
Business Building 4.01.18
Call 458-4641

March 9
EMBA Information Session
6 p.m.
Business Building 1.01.20
Call 458-4778

April 16
Accounting Golf Tournament
Register now!

 

 

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  UTSA Hosts Cybersecurity Roundtable

UTSA hosted a cybersecurity roundtable discussion with Congressman Ciro Rodriguez that was co-sponsored by the the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Cyber Innovation and Research Consortium.

Special guests included Richard Perez, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee; and Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber, commander of the 24th Air Force in San Antonio.

"The College of Business is committed to advancing cybersecurity," said Dean Lynda Y. de la Viña.   "We are focused on the educational needs of the nation in this critical area as the only business school in Texas offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in information assurance and security."

A leader in the field of infrastructure assurance education, UTSA has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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  UTSA Business Students Attend Harvard Finance Conference

Fifteen finance undergraduates from the UTSA College of Business Investment Society recently attended the Harvard Finance Conference in Boston.  The conference addressed topics including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate finance, private equity and careers in finance.  Keynote speakers included the president of Barclays and the founder and chairman of Evercore Partners.

“The conference allowed us to expand our knowledge in this industry, interact with graduate students from Harvard and network with other financial professionals,” said Rafael Velez, chairman of the Investment Society.  “Although we were the only undergraduates in attendance, the knowledge we've gained through our classwork at UTSA kept us on par with the other students.”

Most recently Investment Society members have been providing in-depth analysis and research on real world companies to assist faculty sponsor Ron Sweet in portfolio management for a non-profit organization. 

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UTSA Marketing Professor Researches Time Perception

While most people will agree that it feels like time is passing them by, according to UTSA marketing professor Rajesh Bhargave the perception of the passage of time is variable.

Bhargave's co-authored research in the area of time perception was recently published in Psychological Science and appeared in the New York Times .

“We looked at why events or activities from the past were perceived as more recent or more distant, even when they occurred at around the same time,” said Bhargave, assistant professor of marketing at the UTSA College of Business.

“Time perception provides a crucial input into consumer's behavior, and these findings have a direct impact for marketers,” said Bhargave, who received his doctorate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania . “By creating event markers for a triggering incident, such as a gift made to a charity, or a visit to a hotel or restaurant, marketers can help determine how consumers perceive the time since the event.”

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Real Estate Students Put Development Experience to Practice

Business students in faculty member Leland Rocchio's Principles of Real Estate Development Course, not only learned the theory of real estate development, but they put their newfound knowledge into practice by formulating their own real estate development project.

Students were tasked with developing a comprehensive real estate development plan.

They teamed with mentors from the San Antonio South Texas Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM). Mentors included Ernest Brown, Grubb & Ellis; Trove Gilbert, Koontz McCombs; Steve Monroe, CB Richard Ellis; Maggie Nigro, Grubb & Ellis; Nick Prater, 4M Realty Company; Tom Rohde, Rohde Ottmers Siegel; Jason Schnittger, Stream Realty; and Cynthia Stevens, Koontz McCombs.

Their final assignment consisted of presenting their projects to a panel of real estate leaders and competing for the CCIM/UTSA John Vogel Award Competition. The winning team was Billy Deiri , Nicholas de la Garza , Robert Garza , Eric Neumann , Javier Paredes and Chris Taubert . Their project was a retail center to be developed near Loop 1604 and Reed Road . The total project size was 116,200 square feet with an approximate cost of $14 million.

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