Business Update
March 1, 2011

You are invited to join fellow UTSA students and alumni for UTSA Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 8. Call 458-5102 or RSVP online.

Calendar of Events

March 7
COB Graduate Programs Information Session
5:45 p.m.
BB 4.01.18
Call 458-4641

March 8
Experience UTSA Tour
6 p.m.
UTSA Main Campus
Call 458-4313 or RSVP online

March 8
UTSA Day at the Capitol
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Call 458-5102

March 12
COB Graduate Programs Information Session
10 a.m.
BB 4.01.18
Call 458-4641

March 14-18
Spring Break

March 28
Real Estate Expo
3-6 p.m.
University Center Ballroom
Call 458-7333

March 29
Women's History Month lecture featuring Elisa Chan
2 p.m.
BB 2.01.02
Call 458-4313

March 31
State of the College Address
3:30 p.m.
BB 2.06.04
Call 458-4039


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  Businesswoman Elisa Chan to Present College's Women's History Month Lecture March 29

Elisa ChanElisa Chan, president of Unintech Consulting Engineers and District 9 City Councilwoman, will present the keynote address during the College of Business Women's History Month lecture at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 in the Richard S. Liu Auditorium in the Business Building. This event is part of UTSA's Women's History Month activities.

Chan, who received her master's degree in computer science from UTSA in 1993, is the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the San Antonio City Council. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Elisa spent most her childhood in Taiwan and Brazil before going to Beijing, China with her parents.

At Unintech, she oversees business development, strategic planning initiatives, financial management, human resources and information technology. Her company was named "Top 25 Largest Engineering" and "Women-Owned" firms in San Antonio.

Two Business Faculty Members Receive Outstanding Educator Awards in Economics and Finance

Lynda de la ViņaTwo College of Business faculty members were recently named recipients of the 2011 Federation of Business Disciplines Outstanding Educator Award.

Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the College of Business and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics, received the award from the Southwestern Society of Economists. With more than 24 years of teaching, research and service at UTSA, de la Viña served as president of the Southwestern Society of Economists in 1989 and served as vice president in 1988. Her research and teaching interests have been in the fields of economic policy and finance, entrepreneurship, and mathematical economics.

Lalatendra MisraDr. Lalatendu Misra, chair and professor of finance, received the award from the Southwestern Finance Association. Misra has taught at UTSA since 1982 in the areas of financial modeling, options and futures, corporate finance and portfolio management. He also serves as the advisor to the student chapter of the Financial Management Association.

He has previously served as a board member, secretary, treasurer and president of the Southwestern Finance Association.

The Federation of Business Disciplines is an academic association with national and international constituencies that focuses on promoting and improving research and educational activities of schools and colleges of businesses. The organization consists of 10 professional associations.

Alpha Kappa Psi Team Places Second in Dallas Case Competition

Alpha Kappa Psi Team MembersFour UTSA business students placed second in the Alpha Kappa Psi Case Competition held last month in Dallas.

Team members were William Curtis, Samuel Durandard, Thibaut Guidet, and Jacqueline Nance. Daniel Tablada, lecturer II in marketing, served as their competition advisor.

"The competition was a learning opportunity for me," said Guidet, a senior majoring in finance. "We learned to work as a team and apply the knowledge we receive in the classroom with real life problems. Most of the analysis involved international marketing and management."

The competition consisted of an oral presentation, accompanied by a brief written report and a question and answer session before a panel of judges. Participants were judged on their overall analysis of the case and their recommendations.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a professional business fraternity that bridges the gap between college and the professional world. The UTSA chapter has more than 40 members.

Experience UTSA March 8

Experience UTSACelebrate the emergence of UTSA as a vibrant campus and experience the growth that has occurred during UTSA's 40-year history.

Join the College of Business for a tour (by bus and on foot) featuring highlights of the Main Campus followed by a reception hosted in the Business Building.

The tour will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 on the second floor foyer of the Business Building. The reception will follow at 7 p.m.


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