UTSA College of Business Newsletter
March 24, 2015
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Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team
UTSA Team Wins Southwest Regional Cyber Defense Competition

The UTSA Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team won the Southwest Regional and advanced to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in April. Students from more than 180 colleges and universities competed in regional tournaments. Ten regional winners advanced to compete in the two-day national competition. The teams were tasked with protecting computer networks against the same type of real-world cyber threats that are infiltrating major retailers, corporations, social networks and financial institutions today. The UTSA team consisted of members representing information systems and cyber security in the College of Business, computer science and electrical and computer engineering. “I am extremely proud of this team,” said Nicole Beebe, faculty advisor and associate professor of cyber security in the College of Business. “They are a well-rounded, cohesive team who put in the work to be successful.”

Tracy Jackson Receives Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award
Tracy Jackson Named Outstanding Accounting Alumnus

Tracy Jackson ’93, EMBA ’12, vice president and controller at Tesoro Corporation, was named the Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year at the annual Accounting Stars luncheon this spring. Jackson was honored for her professional accomplishments in the field of accounting, her continued support of the UTSA College of Business Department of Accounting and her service to the community. “I’m truly honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Jackson, who is a member of the college’s Advisory Council. “I’m just an everyday person with an incredible support team.” Excelling in the accounting industry, Jackson began her career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and moved on to lead accounting governance and internal audit at Valero before joining Tesoro in 2007. In her current role she has negotiated, structured and launched numerous leveraged financial transactions as well as acquisition financing for major transactions.

Perkins Family
Family Endows Scholarship in Honor of their Parents

Mike and Brigitte Perkins received a Christmas gift from their children that will last a lifetime. Their children Kimberly Stanley, ’95, Keri Saiz, ’01 and Michael Perkins, a UT-Austin alumnus, established the Mike and Brigitte Perkins Commitment to Education Endowed Scholarship in the UTSA College of Business. “Each year our children pick a theme for their gifts. This year it was the gift of education,” said Brigitte, a local realtor. “They thanked us for supporting their education, announced that they established the scholarship and presented us with a book including notes from all of the donors. We were extremely humbled by the generosity of the gift.” More than $70,000 was raised to establish the endowment, and gifts came from over 50 family members and friends. The scholarship will be awarded to graduates from the Northeast Independent School District.

Teaching Honor Roll
Dean Sanders Announces Inaugural College Teaching Honor Roll

Twenty-nine faculty members in the UTSA College of Business have been chosen as inaugural members of the College of Business Teaching Honor Roll. Recognizing the importance of high-quality teaching, Dean Gerry Sanders established the Teaching Honor Roll to recognize the college’s top teachers. “Quality teaching is invaluable in accomplishing our mission,” said Sanders. “It is every bit as important as research and service.” Members were chosen based on teacher evaluation ratings. Thirty student evaluations were required to be eligible. High honor recipients were ranked in the top 90th percentile of business faculty, and honor recipients were ranked in the top 75th percentile.Teaching Honor Roll recipients will be selected each semester based on the previous semester’s teaching evaluations.

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