UTSA College of Business Newsletter
April 23, 2015
CITE Student Technology Venture Competition

College Expands Entrepreneurship Program

In an effort to highlight the cross disciplinary nature of entrepreneurship, UTSA College of Business Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders has named Lisa Montoya as Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship Programs. She will also continue to serve as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business. In this new role, Montoya will coordinate all educational and experiential entrepreneurial activity in the College of Business.  Anita Leffel has been named Director of Entrepreneurship. “Our goal is to be one of the premier entrepreneurship programs in Texas and the first choice for students,” said Montoya. “We’d like to see more students starting companies and going into businesses and jobs related to entrepreneurial ventures.”

Dan Karam
Alumnus Dan Karam Issues "I Love UTSA" Giving Challenge

Business alumnus Dan Karam, ’97, MS ’01 loves UTSA. And in an effort to share his love for his alma mater, he has challenged his fellow alumni to show their support for UTSA and their respective colleges by making a donation. “The truth is we've all gained so much more than our degrees from UTSA,” said Karam, chief information officer at MUY!. “I know I wouldn't be where I am today, personally and professionally, without my experience as a Roadrunner. Let's make sure current and future Roadrunners have just as great of an experience, if not better!“ Karam will match all alumni gifts up to $25,000 that are made through May 11. Gifts will be matched in the order that they are received until the $25,000 goal is met. 

Janet Garcia
Business Student Janet Garcia Makes the Most of COB Opportunities

Janet Garcia knows how to make the most of opportunities that are presented to her.  Garcia took control of her destiny by enrolling in the UTSA College of Business. A native of Weslaco, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Garcia will graduate this spring with a BBA in marketing. “I took advantage of all of the services offered by the College of Business and the college’s Center for Student Professional Development,” said Garcia, who was named one of the 100 Best Business Students in the College of Business. One of the most important opportunities that Garcia seized was participating in the Center for Student Professional Development’s Career Action Program (CAP).  CAP is a 15-hour professional development program for business students. Students receive overviews on résumé writing, interviewing, networking and business etiquette. “I got so much out of CAP,” she said. “Meeting with business professionals, practicing interviewing and networking--the experience was invaluable. I completed the program twice and would have done it a third time if I could. It got the ball rolling and helped me be successful in finding a job.”

COB Awards
College Faculty and Staff to Be Honored at Awards Ceremony

The College of Business will recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff members and honor college retirees during the annual Business Awards Ceremony. Two faculty retirees will be honored for their longstanding service to the college. Faculty retirees are Bob Lengel, associate professor of management, and Cynthia Lengnick-Hall, professor of management. Lengel has taught at UTSA since 1982 and is the founding director of the Center for Professional Excellence, the Executive MBA and the Leadership Challenge program. His work in transformative leadership is nationally renowned. Lengnick-Hall helped build the doctoral program in management and served as the Ph.D. faculty advisor for more than eight years. An active researcher in knowledge management and strategic human resource management, she has been at the College of Business since 2001. Additionally, seven faculty members will be honored for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service, and two staff members will be presented with the Dean's Staff Excellence Award.

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