UTSA College of Business Newsletter
October 10, 2013
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Hispanic Business ranking
College Graduate Program Ranked Nationally by HispanicBusiness

The UTSA College of Business was ranked the No. 8 graduate school in the nation for Hispanics, according to the HispanicBusiness 2013 Annual Diversity Report. This is the sixth consecutive year the College of Business has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Schools for Hispanics." Enrolling more than 600 graduate students, the college's graduate student body is diverse with 35 percent women, 30 percent minorities and 14 percent international students. Accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the college offers a comprehensive academic curriculum at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

Business students visit Costa Rica and present financial lessons
Finance Students Make an Investment with Social Impact

While most college students were spending their spring break at the beach in South Padre, a group of eight UTSA students traveled to the tropical, mountainous country of Costa Rica to volunteer for a nonprofit microlending program. "Microlending brings finance out of the classroom so students can see how the real world works," said Ron Sweet, MBA '91, finance lecturer in the college and trip sponsor.Business students were introduced to this nonprofit through Sweet's involvement as advisor of the Investment Society, a student organization that educates members about the financial industry, financial analysis and the economy.

Mark Carmona, president of Haven for Hope
Business Alumnus Mark Carmona Leads Haven for Hope

Mark Carmona, EMBA '07 has dedicated his professional career to helping others. Taking on his biggest challenge yet, Carmona was named president and chief executive officer of Haven for Hope in January. "This work is a calling for me," said Carmona, who attended the seminary. "I like to work at a grassroots level with people and see how they can transform with assistance. I get to go into work every day and help someone." His 25-year career in the nonprofit social services field has included positions at San Antonio Fighting Back, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and most recently the Center for Health Care Services.Recognizing that running a nonprofit is just like running a business, Carmona began exploring graduate programs to assist in his calling. After much research, he selected the college's Executive MBA program.

College international immersion program
Summer Immersions Expose Students to International Cultures

Seventy business students participated in six international immersion programs funded by the UTSA College of Business this summer. These 10-day intensive immersion programs, led by faculty members, include academic presentations hosted by local universities, visits to business corporations and cultural experiences. Prior to the immersion experience, students study the history, culture and socioeconomic conditions of each country. This year's trips featured excursions to Austria/Germany, Finland/Russia, Greece, Peru, South Korea/Taiwan and Uruguay. "The immersion program teaches students the importance of thinking globally as business professionals," said Daniel Tablada, lecturer in marketing and instructor for the Peru immersion. "They realize the opportunities that exist internationally, especially in the emerging markets."

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