UTSA College of Business Newsletter
September 22, 2016
Real estate luncheon Oct. 12

KPMG Case Competition Team
Accounting Students Place Second in National Competition

UTSA College of Business accounting students placed second in the ALPFA/KPMG National Case Competition last month in Grapevine. Team members were Sheyenne Brubaker, Kendall Mayfield, Brittany Salinas and Jack Vann. They were advised by Elaine Sanders, associate professor of accounting, and Sara Vargas-Flores, ’14 MACY ’15, audit associate at KPMG. The case completion is held annually at the ALPFA National Convention. Seventeen teams competed in this year’s competition including Arizona State University, Drexel University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington.

Economic Forecast Breakfast
Hear San Antonio's 2017 Economic Forecast at Oct. 7 Breakfast

The UTSA College of Business and Texas CEO Magazine are co-sponsoring the annual San Antonio 2017 Economic Forecast on Friday, October 7 from 7-9 a.m. at the Plaza Club. Get expert insight on what 2017 has in store for the economy as local experts share their insights on the year to come. Featured speakers include Edward Cross, CEO of San Antonio Commercial Advisors; Adam Hamilton, president of Southwest Research Institute; Kim Lubel, chair of the board and president of CST Brands; Lanham Napier, co-founder of BuildGroup; and Thomas Tunstall, senior research director at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development. Registration for the breakfast is $50. For more information, call (512) 646-3478.

Cyber Security
Professor Studies Consumer Confidence Following Security Breaches

According to a new study by H.R. Rao, the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security in the UTSA College of Business, the willingness of online shoppers to return to a store after a breach is mostly dependent on age. Online shopping has been on the rise, but Rao notes that the industry's success can be partially attributed to the strength of secure payment methods. Recently, however, data breaches have threatened the perceived security of e-commerce. "We decided to examine how much people trust online shopping and how their attitudes might change after a breach," he said. "We found there was a clear demarcation in the way younger and older adults looked at the incident." While Rao found that most people would be more careful after their data had been compromised or even avoid stores after a breach, younger adults were less likely to change their behaviors.

Kevin Grant
College Announces Administrative Restructuring

The College of Business has recently made several administrative changes to better reflect the college’s strategic priorities. Kevin Grant, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, has been appointed as the new associate dean of undergraduate studies. An active scholar and teacher, Grant will be responsible for all undergraduate academic services. In an effort to expand professional development opportunities for all business students, Lisa Montoya has been named associate dean for professional development and international business programs. She previously served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and entrepreneurship. Through her work in the Center for Student Professional Development, Montoya and her team will manage all student development and extracurricular activities including the international immersion programs.

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