UTSA College of Business Newsletter
May 8, 2014
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$100K Student Technology Venture Competition
Mediflow Wins $100K Student Technology Venture Competition

Mediflow triumphed at the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition presented by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). The Mediflow team developed a commercially viable business plan and prototype for a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device that is smaller, more mobile, and aims to be more comfortable than other CPAP devices currently on the market. Mediflow included undergraduate business majors Nancy Perdicho, Spencer Reynolds and Kaleigh Simms and undergraduate engineering majors Joseph Barrios, Eluid Gutierrez, Aaron Mosqueda and Maxim Perkins. The Mediflow team won $2,000 cash and several in-kind business resources.

Commencement 2014
UTSA Marks 100,000 Alumni During Spring Commencement

During spring commencement ceremonies May 10 and May 11, UTSA will celebrate a milestone—reaching 100,000 graduates. Over 950 business students will join 3,500 UTSA graduates receiving their degrees this weekend. Among those esteemed graduates will be business majors José Camacho and Luther Mayberry. Camacho’s passion for economics and personal ambition brought him to UTSA. And, Camacho has made the most of his time at UTSA. A native of Houston, Mayberry is an accounting major who has a bright future ahead of him. He was named one of the college’s 100 Best Business Students, has secured a summer internship with Ernst & Young and plans to begin his Masters of Accountancy at UTSA this fall.

Undergraduate Research Showcase
Undergraduate Business Students Showcase Their Research

Fifteen business students participated in the inaugural UTSA Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase in April. The conference was held to showcase the research capabilities of UTSA undergraduates. And, the end result for one student was a full-time job offer. Biljana Jovanova, a senior honors student majoring in finance, leveraged her work on her year-end honors research thesis into a job with Rackspace—the subject of her study. As part of her project “The Role of Economic Value Added in Increasing Shareholder Wealth,” Jovanova met with Karl Pichler, chief financial officer at Rackspace, to receive financial information about the publicly-traded company.

College of Business Awards Ceremony
College Recognizes Retirees, Faculty and Staff at Awards Ceremony

The College of Business recognized the outstanding contributions of retirees, faculty and staff members during the annual Business Awards Ceremony held on May 1. Three faculty retirees were honored for their service to the college. Faculty retirees were Gary Bridges, MBA ’76, senior lecturer in accounting; Ted Skekel, associate professor of accounting; and Daniel Tablada, lecturer II in marketing. Combined the retirees had more than 48 years of service at UTSA. In additioneight faculty members were honored for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service, and two staff members were recognized for outstanding service to the college.

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