UTSA College of Business Newsletter
November 14, 2014
College of Business Annual Report

Ford Interns
Driven to Success: Business Students Intern at Ford

This summer UTSA College of Business students Alicia Cordes and Lynsey Curran traded the hot, sunny weather of San Antonio for the chance to intern with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Securing internships with a Fortune 500 company can enhance a student's résumé no matter what future plans they may have. Both Cordes and Curran were afforded the opportunity through the college's partnership with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). "We are looking for the best of the best," said Samuel Warnock, human resources manager at Ford and chairman of NSHMBA's corporate advisory board. "We provide our interns with the best-in-class experience within the auto industry."

Martin and Rebecca Salinas
Martin Salinas Is Invested in UTSA

Martin Salinas, '94 credits his family for his personal success. "My parents were first-generation U.S. citizens," said Salinas, who grew up near Harlingen, Texas. "Their parents encouraged them to go to school and get an education. They instituted the ethics and values that my parents instilled in me." In honor of his grandfathers, he and his wife, Rebecca, '00, MA '11 established the Jesus Rodriguez and Lorenzo Salinas Endowed Fellowship in 2010. The scholarship provides need-based support for students pursuing the master of accountancy degree. Last year the Salinas' endowed the scholarship with a $250,000 gift, which was matched to create a $500,000 endowment. The scholarship will now support four to six students in perpetuity.

Charitable Giving
Cultural Attitudes Impact Charitable Behavior

Can someone's geographic location impact their charitable behavior? According to a research study published in the Journal of Consumer Research by Professor Yinlong Zhang, cultural attitudes do influence giving. Zhang and his co-author Professor Karen Winterich at Penn State studied how power distance (a culture's attitude toward human inequality) influences philanthropic behavior. Individuals who come from countries that accept social inequality as part of their social hierarchy were found to have weaker perceptions of responsibility to aid others—resulting in decreases in charitable behavior.Consumers from countries who promote equality were more likely to donate their time or money to help others.

Advisory Council
College Appoints New Advisory Council Members

Eight business leaders joined the UTSA College of Business Advisory Council this fall.New members include Pat Duncan, retired chairman and CEO of USAA Real Estate Company; Jim Laffoon, president and CEO of Security Service Federal Credit Union; Patrick Mulva, MBA '75, retired vice president and controller of Exxon Mobil Corporation; Karen O'Reilly-Smith, managing director and global head of identity administration for Citi; Nancy Ozuna, '93, MPA '95, partner at BKD; Michael Ramirez, '79, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Strategic Materials; Martin Salinas, '94, chief financial officer at Energy Transfer Partners; and Gary Simmons, EMBA '00, senior vice president of supply, international operations and systems optimization at Valero.

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