UTSA College of Business Newsletter
June 18, 2015
UTSA Executive MBA

Endowed Professorships
Two Faculty Members Receive Endowed Professorships

Two business faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships. Hamid Beladi, professor of economics and associate dean for research, has been named the Tom C. Frost Endowed Professor in International Business. Nicole Beebe, Ph.D. '07, associate professor of cyber security, has received the Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship. A leading scholar, Beladi is a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers and was a recipient of the President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization. With over 15 years of industry and government experience in information security and digital forensics, Beebe will utilize the professorship to focus on the commercialization of new technology.

Dempsey Thornton
UTSA Volleyball Player Dempsey Thornton Is Set Up for Success

With the same passion and energy that she showed on the court, UTSA women’s volleyball player Dempsey Thornton was driven academically as well. Majoring in sport, event and tourism management, she graduated from UTSA last fall. A native of Corpus Christi, Thornton was a four-year volleyball starter, was captain for three years and led the team to conference championships the past two years. “I was attracted to the SET major,” said Thornton, who was one of the 100 Best Students in the College of Business. “I learned a lot about the industry from my classes.” Currently working on her MBA, she will also continue on as a Lady Roadrunner, but this time as part of the women’s basketball team.

Bob Cardy
New Management Chair Studies Lying and Likability in the Hiring Process

Robert Cardy, a human resource scholar, has been named chair of the college’s Department of Management.  An accomplished researcher, most recently Cardy has looked into the increasing instances of lying in job applications. “It just seems there’s more falsification going on, more applicants that misrepresent themselves,” said Cardy whose research focuses on performance appraisal and the effective management of people. His research studied how employers dealt with applicants lying about small things, such as strengths and weaknesses, and how they handled bigger lies such as factual information on degrees and experience. What Cardy has found is that potential employers are much more likely to dismiss lies if the candidate is likable. It’s similar, he said, to when a liked employee is given a pass for a mistake, whereas a disliked employee is more likely to face blame and repercussions. “If you’re liked, you’re more likely to be given the benefit of the doubt,” said Cardy.

MBA Alumnus' Invention Receives FDA Approval

Daniel Mendez, '10 MBA '14 was looking for an idea for his senior engineering project when a friend, who was a neonatal nurse, mentioned having to rotate the heads of newborns to keep their soft skulls from becoming deformed. From that day forward Mendez and fellow UTSA engineering students Nicholas Louis Flores and Israel Gonzalez created the technology for GELShield™, a headband-like protection device for infants. The students competed in the Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition in 2010 and won. Five years later their creation has received FDA approval. “UTSA has created a flow of young entrepreneurs in town that are coming up with great ideas,” said Cory Hallam, director of CITE. “They have phenomenal ideas and phenomenal energy, but they lack experience. So we connect them to seasoned professionals from industries who can take those companies further.”

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