UTSA College of Business Newsletter
December 10, 2015
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College of Business Focusing on Cyber Security

San Antonio might not be officially known as Cyber City, USA, but it has a long history as a leading city for cyber security development. Just last year UTSA was ranked the No. 1 cyber security program in the country according to a survey by the Ponemon Institute. And, the UTSA cyber security program was one of the first programs in the nation to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education and Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. UTSA’s cyber security programming is multidisciplinary and housed in the College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Science. “The No. 1 ranking is a big deal,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair in the College of Business. “We have a good program, and we have good students. People are talking about us now.” The College of Business has been offering cyber security classes since 2001 and offers comprehensive academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

William Cavanaugh
Entrepreneurship Graduate and Athlete Creates App to Help Students

When William Cavanaugh receives his diploma on Sunday he will have successfully completed not only his entrepreneurship degree, but also four years playing right guard for the Roadrunners. He also leaves with an app he helped create to boost student productivity and organization. "Synced-In is an automated calendar app to help UTSA students manage their time," said Cavanaugh, a native of New Braunfels. "It pulls information like assignment due dates and plugs it into one calendar automatically. This type of software has already been produced, but nobody has applied it to school calendars yet. That's what we're doing." The app hasn't hit the market just yet, but Cavanaugh has met with tech savvy leaders from Geekdom as well as UTSA administrators, to launch the app on campus. Cavanaugh and his team earned third place this month at UTSA's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship $100K Student Technology Venture Competition for Synced-In. In addition to the accolades, his app also caught the eye of potential investors.

Dean's Forum
Alumnus Charlie Paulette to Headline Inaugural Dean's Forum Jan. 27

The College of Business will launch its inaugural Dean's Forum lecture series next month featuring alumnus Charlie Paulette, '92, EMBA '01. Paulette, the chief sales and marketing officer for The Gambrinus Company, will present "Gut Check," the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and brand marketing. He will share experiences from his 23-year professional career in brand marketing and entrepreneurship. In addition to his work at Gambrinus, Paulette has launched two start-up ventures in Austin and co-founded Dulce Vida Spirits, an Austin-based craft spirits distiller. The Dean's Forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 in the Business Building Room 2.06.04. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. The lecture series explores contemporary issues in business and entrepreneurship and is sponsored by the Department of Marketing and the Entrepreneurship Program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call (210) 458-7311.

Pamela Smith Named Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

After serving 12 years as the college’s associate dean of graduate studies, Diane Walz will step down on Dec. 31 and return to her faculty appointment as professor of information systems and cyber security. During her tenure the MBA program was named the No. 1 program in the country by Hispanic Business in 2009, one of the top MBA part-time programs in the Southwest by BusinessWeek and received the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from NSHMBA twice. Pamela Smith, professor of accounting, has been named the new associate dean of graduate studies in the college effective Jan. 1. “We are delighted that Pam has agreed to step in and lead graduate programming in the college,” said Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders. “She will be charged with increasing graduate enrollment in the college and maintaining rigor in the college’s doctoral program.” Since joining UTSA in 2001, Pamela has been a high-performing teacher and researcher and was named a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow from 2012-2014.

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