Business Update
July 6, 2011

Nominations are now being accepted for the UTSA Accounting Alumnus of the Year award.

Nominees must:

  • be graduates in accounting from the UTSA College of Business,
  • improve the reputation of UTSA in the business community, and
  • support the department and its students through active participation in college activities.

The recipient will be recognized at the 30th Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony held on Friday, October 21, 2011.

Nominations are due by July 29, 2011. For more information, contact

Calendar of Events

July 14
COB Graduate Programs Information Session
5:45 p.m.
BB 4.01.18
Call (210) 458-4641

July 27
COB Graduate Programs Information Session
5:45 p.m.
BB 4.01.18
Call (210) 458-4641

July 29
Nominations due for Accounting Alumnus of the Year

Aug. 24
Fall classes begin

Sept. 3
Inaugural UTSA Football Game vs. Northeastern Oklahoma
Call (210) 458-UTSA



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  College Launches Global Entrepreneurship Competition in the Canary Islands

Global Entrepreneurship Competition in the Canary IslandsThe UTSA College of Business launched a new Global Entrepreneurship Competition with the Universidad de las Palmas in the Canary Islands this month. The international competition paired 12 UTSA business students with technology students from the Canary Islands.

"The program provides students with the academic and practical global business immersion experiences that they need to become confident, successful international entrepreneurs," said Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business and executive director of the college's Center for Global Entrepreneurship.

The UTSA business students teamed up and wrote business plans for the commercialization of a technology prototype that was developed by the Canary Islands engineering students. The five-day competition concluded by crowning a winner, Petrol Clean, a company created to capture and condense combustible vapors. Team members were Randy Cisneros, UTSA; Ivan Lyra, UTSA; and Marta Trujillo, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The competition was led by Dr. Cory Hallam, director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), and Dr. Anita Leffel, assistant director of CITE.


COB Offering New Graduate Certificates in the Business of Health and Technology Entrepreneurship

Business of HealthThe UTSA College of Business is launching two new graduate certificate programs this fall in the business of health and technology entrepreneurship.

The 12-credit hour graduate certificate in the business of health was designed to equip health care and business professionals with a blend of financial, management, regulatory, legal and policy oriented courses.

The 12-hour graduate certificate in technology entrepreneurship and management will help individuals understand entrepreneurial context and unlock their inner entrepreneur. The courses will equip graduates with fundamental technology entrepreneurship and management skills.

Candidates can apply for these graduate certificates by enrolling at UTSA as a special non-degree seeking graduate student. Current UTSA graduate students can earn the certificate as part of their degree of study. For more information, call (210) 458-4330 or visit


Business Students Travel to Finland for International Immersion Program

Student trip to FinlandTwelve business students traveled to Helsinki, Finland this June as part of the UTSA College of Business international immersion program. This was just one of six international immersion programs sponsored by the college this summer.

This 10-day intensive immersion program, led by faculty members, included academic presentations, visits to local corporations and cultural experiences.

“In today’s business world we must provide students with 'flat knowledge' that transcends traditional academic coursework,” said Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business and a faculty participant on the trip to Finland. 

The students were hosted by the Aalto University School of Economics. During the experience, the students visited five businesses in Helsinki. These companies ranged from biomedical to manufacturing and international consulting companies.

Sixty-eight students participated in the college's immersion programs this summer. Additional locales included the Canary Islands, Chile, Singapore/Vietnam and northern and southern Spain. In addition, the college sent students to China and Italy in partnership with the Honors College.


Dahlquist Named Editor of the Journal of Technical Analysis

Julie DahlquistDr. Julie Dahlquist, senior lecturer in finance, has been named the editor of the Journal of Technical Analysis.

"I look forward to working with the Market Technicians Association staff and membership as we publish the premier journal in the field, presenting research relevant to the theory, practice and application of technical analysis," said Dahlquist, who is a certified Chartered Market Technician.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, she has co-authored two books: Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians and Technical Market Indicators: Analysis and Performance.

The College of Business is home to six academic journals in the diverse fields of economics, international economics and finance, managerial psychology and school choice.


Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business, was recently a speaker at the Democracy That Delivers For Women international conference held in Washington, D.C. last month. She spoke on "Education Empowering Women." The conference was sponsored by the Center for International Private Enterprise.

Dr. John Merrifield, professor of economics, received a $11,500 grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation to develop an online hybrid course in School System Reform Studies and to fund student research.

Dr. Dianna Stone, professor of management, has been editor of the Journal of Managerial Psychology for the past four years. The journal was rated by Thomson Reuter's Journal Citation Report as a top 21 percent journal in the applied and social psychology disciplines, an improvement in terms of quality and visibility over the past few years.

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