UTSA College of Business Newsletter
April 21, 2016
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Top 5 in Texas
College's Undergraduate Program Ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business was ranked one of the Top 5 schools in Texas and the No. 1 Hispanic Serving Institution in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in their 2016 ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools. “Today’s inaugural ranking of our undergraduate business program validates what so many stakeholders have said about the college’s business programs,” said Wm. Gerard Sanders, dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the UTSA College of Business. “To be recognized for not only the quality of our academic programs, but also for how we prepare our students to enter the workforce is monumental. Our goal in the College of Business is to transform business students into business professionals. Today’s ranking shows that we are accomplishing that goal.” Focusing this year on career outcomes, they used four main metrics in their assessment: employer feedback, student evaluations, starting salaries and internship participation. Nearly 28,000 students and recruiters at 582 companies were surveyed for this year’s ranking. Businessweek has been publishing an annual ranking of undergraduate business programs since 2006.

Sisters Lorena and Daniela Vazquez
Sisters Daniela and Lorena Vazquez Find Success in the College of Business

Twin sisters and graduating seniors Daniela and Lorena Vazquez maximized their opportunities and found success in the UTSA College of Business. Daniela, a finance major, co-founded the Professional Business Woman Society and was active with the Investment Society serving as a senior and junior analyst. Majoring in management science, Lorena will also graduate with a certificate in operations and supply chain management. While the sisters followed different academic pursuits, they did learn quickly what it takes to become successful in the College of Business. The sisters were active on campus, participated in professional development opportunities and took advantage of the college's immersion program and visited India. Their hard work paid off. Daniela landed internships with BBVA and Harland Clarke. And, she accepted a full-time offer as a financial analyst with Oracle in their Latin American Division. Following an internship with JPMorgan Chase, Lorena accepted a position as an operations analyst in their San Antonio office. She will train in New York this summer. “The College of Business has so many programs that set you apart,” said Lorena.

CFA Research Challenge Team
Finance Majors Reach Nationals of CFA Research Challenge

A team of UTSA finance majors advanced to the national CFA Research Challenge in Chicago this month by beating out 26 competitors from schools such as Rice, Texas Tech and UT-Dallas. This was the second time that a UTSA team had advanced to the third round. Team members were seniors Matthew Chavana and Kenneth Foote, graduate student Andrew Alvarez and Juan Pablo Castrellon, ’15. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual competition that promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts. Students work in teams to research and value a publicly-traded company. “Their report was one of the strongest submitted by a UTSA team,” said Ron Sweet, finance faculty member and Investment Society advisor.  “They were extremely well prepared and did some very advanced analysis.” “Advancing to nationals was our goal,” said Foote. “We went from learning it in the textbooks to applying the knowledge to real life problems. This has been an incredible experience.”

Be Counted UTSA Campaign
Be Counted! Help Support the College in Giving Competition

The UTSA College of Business needs your help to win $15,000 to support student services and programs. This year’s Be Counted! annual giving donor campaign challenges each UTSA college to come out on top with the largest number of donors in the two-week period running from April 15 through April 29. With the largest base of supporters and even greater college pride, we anticipate a big win!  The college that exceeds its donor participation goal by the highest percentage wins the prize. The competition is not about dollars—it is about participation.  Whether you are alumni, faculty, students or friends of the college, your support counts. “Annual gifts from alumni impact college rankings and bring more value to your degree,” said Kelley McGregor, executive director of development in the College of Business. “The ultimate goal of this campaign is to build a culture of philanthropic support among alumni donors.” Make a donation of any size to the College of Business today to voice your support.

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