UTSA College of Business Newsletter
November 7, 2013
College of Business Annual Report

Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

According to a recent study, 53 percent of working Americans have considered starting their own businesses. But how do individuals make the transition from an aspiring to a full-time entrepreneur? Entrepreneurship faculty members in the UTSA College of Business have devised an innovative curriculum that combines academic and experiential components to provide students with the education, experience and exposure that they need to be successful entrepreneurs. "Entrepreneurs need to be passionate about learning how an idea can transform into a company," said Anita Leffel, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship. "We want to bring out the entrepreneurial intent in students."

Business students visit Costa Rica and present financial lessons
$1 Million Gift Creates Frost Chair in Finance

The UTSA College of Business honored long-time supporters Tom C. Frost and Frost Bank for a recent gift to establish a $1 million fund for the Frost Chair in Finance. The announcement was made during the college's 25th anniversary Frost Distinguished Lecture Series on Oct. 17. The Frost Chair in Finance will support faculty excellence in research and teaching to develop the next generation of leaders in the financial industry. A native San Antonian, Tom C. Frost began his banking career in 1950 and is currently the chairman emeritus of the board of Frost Bank. He is the fourth generation of his family to oversee the bank founded by his great grandfather, Colonel T.C. Frost in 1868.

Alumni Association Breakfast featuring Dean Gerry Sanders
Dean Gerry Sanders to Share His Vision for College
at Alumni Association Breakfast Nov. 14

College of Business Dean and Bodenstedt Chair Gerry Sanders will discuss his vision for the college as the keynote speaker at the UTSA Alumni Association breakfast Nov. 14. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program to follow at 8 a.m. at the San Antonio Petroleum Club. Sanders was named the sixth dean in the college's 43-year history on June 1. He comes to UTSA from Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, bringing a wide range of administrative, academic and leadership experience. His research focuses on corporate governance and executive leadership and their effects on strategic decision making and company performance. Prior to entering academia he spent more than a decade working in institutional commercial real estate.

Andrew and Nancy Ozuna
Business Alumni Issue Challenge
to Help Fill the Sombrilla Fountain

Business alumni Nancy, ’93, MPA '95 and Andrew Ozuna, ’91 are challenging the UTSA community to help Fill the Fountain. “The fountain in the Sombrilla is iconic to the Roadrunner community. It is a place where so many photos are taken and memories have been made,” said Nancy, a partner at BKD, LLP. “Andrew and I wanted to help bring this icon back to life so that the UTSA community can once again enjoy the ambience of the Sombrilla Plaza. And we want to encourage others to give, too.” The Ozunas have pledged $10,000 to match gifts for the fountain. Every gift made this week will be matched by the Ozunas. At 35 years old, the Sombrilla Fountain is in need of a makeover. Construction will begin this month, and the fountain should be running again in early 2014.

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