UTSA College of Business Newsletter
September 17, 2015
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Pat Clynes
Three Business Alumni Honored at Alumni Gala

Three business alumni were honored by the UTSA Alumni Association during their annual Alumni Gala this fall. Pat Clynes,’89 received the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. An accounting major, Clynes recently retired from BP Energy in Houston where he served as a top-level executive since 2003. Clynes’ longstanding volunteer leadership at UTSA includes serving on the UTSA Development Board, the Athletics Executive Advisory Council and past roles on the College of Business Advisory Council and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Yvonne Fernandez,’85 and Scott Metzger, MA ’05 were the recipients of the Alumnus of the Year Award. Fernandez, a finance major, is vice president of commercial operations at Security Service Federal Credit Union. Metzger, an economics major, is the founder and CEO of Freetail Brewing Company.

Sharad Asthana
Asthana Named Chair of the Department of Accounting

Sharad Asthana, professor of accounting, has been named chair of the Department of Accounting. Asthana is an award-winning teacher and researcher who obtained his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin after working for 13 years as a senior manager and CEO in India. “As chair my priorities are to increase the enrollment in our various programs, incorporate cyber technology into our courses and align our objectives to match the university’s Tier One aspirations,” said Asthana, who is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation. “Sharad is an accomplished scholar and teacher,” said Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders. “I am grateful that Sharad has agreed to accept this challenge and look forward to working with him.”

Green Housing
What Is the Value of Green Housing?

Do energy efficient designations such as Energy Star homes and features such as double-pane windows and low flow toilets increase the value of a home? According to Thomas Thomson, the Quincy Lee Distinguished Professor in Real Estate and Finance, and Anjelita Cadena, Ph.D. ’13, assistant professor at the University of North Texas, they do. The researchers studied 66,000 home sales over a five-year period in San Antonio to evaluate the extent green components add a premium to a house’s selling price. They found that green designations increased selling prices by 1 percent, green features such as drought tolerant plants and irrigation systems increased selling prices by 2 percent and energy efficient features such as Energy Star appliances, windows and HVAC systems raised selling prices by 6 percent.

Keying Ye
Ye Named American Statistical Association Fellow

Keying Ye, professor of statistics, was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. An intellectual leader in Bayesian statistics, Ye conducts interdisciplinary research on a variety of applied topics including environmental science, biomedical science and most recently clinical trials and risk analysis for financial data. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on several federally funded research projects. “I’m honored to be an elected ASA fellow,” said Ye, who has taught at UTSA since 2005. “It gives me great inspiration to better serve the statistics community in statistical research, education and application.” Building bridges across statistical communities, Ye was also recognized for his record of exceptional teaching, mentoring of doctoral students and for leading statistics programs.

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