UTSA College of Business Newsletter
August 18, 2016
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Business Faculty Receive $650,000 to Study Cyber Threats

Nicole Beebe, director of the Center for Education and Research in Information and Infrastructure Security in the UTSA College of Business, and Daijin Ko, professor of management science and statistics, have received a $649,172 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to strengthen insider threat detection. “The ability to detect threats within an organization and to keep sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands has become vital to national security,” Beebe said. Beebe and Ko’s research will involve building an insider threat detection system to prepare for real-world situations wherein a disgruntled employee or even a corporate spy could abscond with valuable information. However, they’re not interested in finding the culprit after an attack has already occurred. “The goal is to be able to detect an insider threat before that person commits their crimes,” Ko said.
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College Partners with BB&T to Sponsor Interns at San Antonio Nonprofits

The UTSA College of Business received a $50,000 grant from BB&T to support paid internship opportunities for 12 business students at San Antonio nonprofits. BB&T selected six nonprofit organizations to participate in the BB&T Nonprofit Internship Program. Organizations included the Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Family Service Association, Goodwill, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders and San Antonio Education Partnership. “BB&T has always been a partner, an advocate and a force for change,” said Mark A. Nerio, vice president and community development specialist at BB&T. “The BB&T Program, in partnership with the UTSA College of Business, has a positive impact on the students’ learning as well as on the capacity of the nonprofit organizations to deliver needed services to San Antonio residents.” The students each completed 200 hours of work this summer.
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Matthew McCarter Receives Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Matthew McCarter, associate professor of management in the UTSA College of Business, received the 2016 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards were established in 2008 to recognize faculty who demonstrate a history and promising future of sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching. McCarter's teaching method is rooted in experiential learning. He is known for assigning in-class exercises and semester-long projects that allow his students to apply management theory and internalize the practical value of the course material. "I believe the best way to learn management theory and principles is to experience them," McCarter said. "Experiential learning engages students and encourages them to develop and test their skills, making the students more marketable and resourceful in their work, family and community."
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Marketing Professors Research Video Game Sales

Marketing faculty Suman Basuroy, Graham Weston Endowed Professor, and Richard Gretz, associate professor, have conducted extensive research on the video game industry. A series of papers and presentations, including one at the Big Data, Big Movies conference in Berlin, Germany this fall, show that the video game industry has developed several innovative tactics to snag and keep customers. “One of the first things we started looking at was backward compatibility,” Gretz said. “We’ve also found that companies are actually more successful when they bundle a game and a console later in its release,” Basuroy said. “That way, you’re offering a new, more attractive deal for a console that doesn’t have the advantage of being brand new.” They also discovered that while superstar games account for a majority of the industry's revenue, they don't seem to snag sales away from lesser-performing games.
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