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Students Travel to Spain for Business Immersion Program
Immersion ProgramSeven business students participated in the college’s inaugural international immersion program in Spain this summer. Students studied in Madrid and Barcelona. The trip was led by Dr. Victoria Jones, associate dean for international relations, and Dr. Jan Clark, professor of information systems.
The course, Business Success in Spain, introduced students to the challenges of doing business internationally by comparing U.S. business practices to those in Spain. The highly condensed immersion program consisted of lectures, readings, case discussions, site visits, executive meetings and an applied final project. Prior to the immersion program, students studied the history, culture and socioeconomic conditions of Spain. Following the immersion, students reflected on their experiences and applied what they learned abroad as part of their final project.
“The pedagogy of the course provides students with a complex multifaceted experience centered around coursework, company site visits and cultural experiences,” said Jones. “Students learned the issues and complexities that affect international markets, became responsive to cultural differences among international consumers and developed the skills to adapt management activities in a new environment.”

UTSA students received instruction from faculty members at Escuela de Administracion de Empresas (EAE) Business School, a UTSA academic partner. Students studied coursework on Spain and the European Union, Spain and Latin American trade, politics and trade regulation, Spain’s service industry, European Union marketing and family businesses.

In addition to the classroom experience, the students visited SEAT, a Spanish automobile manufacturer, and Logipoint, a comprehensive logistics and operations company.
Student participants were seniors Kristi Herrera, Omar Lacayo, Jhonny Merino, Phillip Montalvo and Kelly Navarro; junior Kanae Jitozono; and sophomore Natsuko Danjo.
This is the second immersion program developed by the college’s International Relations Office. The first was conducted in Brazil, and future plans include offering programming in Chile and India.

Professional Development Programs Expanded
More than 600 business students completed the H-E-B Career Action Plan (CAP) in the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) this past year. The H-E-B CAP program, the college’s signature professional development program, is offered to sophomore and junior level students.

Students receive training in résumé writing, interview skills, business etiquette and networking.

Six hours of programming is offered as part of the college’s Communication and Professional Development class. Students can elect to practice these newfound skills by participating in an additional six hours of professional development programming through the CSPD. Students who complete all 12 hours of training receive a professional development certificate.

Following completion of the program, 87 percent of the participating students surveyed felt confident with their professional development skills, while only 41 percent of those students were confident of these skills upon entering the program.

In addition to the H-E-B CAP program, the CSPD expanded professional development programming by offering 14 industry- and business-related events this past year, including panel discussions, industry expos and receptions that impacted more than 2,700 students.

By combining theory with practice, CSPD helps students develop a balanced portfolio of academic, career readiness and leadership skills to place them on the path to professional success.

Accounting Doctoral Student Receives Dissertation Award
Kasey MartinKasey Martin, an accounting doctoral student in the Ph.D. in business administration program, received the Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation.

Her dissertation, “Characteristics of Internal Audit and Fraud Detection,” tests audit characteristics that may have an impact on an internal auditor’s ability to detect fraud.

The dissertation award program provides funds to selected doctoral candidates interested in the field of internal auditing. Award submissions are evaluated on the relevance of the topic to internal auditing, the soundness of methodology, the coherent organization and clarity of presentation and the quality of the data.

Prior to entering the doctoral program, Martin worked as an internal auditor for a Fortune 500 company. She is a certified internal auditor and a certified public accountant. Martin will begin teaching at Texas State University this fall.

MBA Students Reach Finals of IBM Case Competition
A team of UTSA College of Business graduate students reached the finals of the 2008 IBM Consulting Case Competition hosted by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs in Atlanta. Team members were graduate business students Jeff Canales, Phil Guthrie and Dimple Ava Phillips.

Canales, who completed his first year in the MS in finance program, previously was a middle school science teacher. Guthrie, a master’s in finance student, is a financial analyst at the North American Development Bank. Phillips, a recent MBA graduate, had previous experience in the technology industry.

“We were asked to provide solutions and recommendations to increase market share for an undisclosed client in the telecommunications industry,” said Phillips. “Incorporating information from our business classes, we formulated our ideas into a formal business strategy for the client. It was an amazing learning experience for each of us.”

More than 65 teams participated in the competition. Other finalists were Indiana University, the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan.

HR Students Win Texas Competition
HR GamesA team of undergraduate human resource students from the College of Business won first place in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Texas Human Resources Games.

Team members were seniors Katie Degenhardt, Elizabeth Holcomb and Kate Love. They advanced to the regional competition in Denver and finished second among 14 teams.

The competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of human resources in a Jeopardy-style game show format and, ultimately, helps prepare them for the Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification exam. The questions cover topics from the PHR exam in areas such as management practices, selection and recruitment, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. The games began in 2000 as a vehicle to showcase the best human resources students in the country through a series of state and regional competitions.

Faculty member Dr. Steve Werling advises the SHRM student chapter and helped coach the students to compete in the games.

UTSA Graduate Students Take Top Place in Stats Bowl
A team of College of Business statistics graduate students won first place in the annual Mu Sigma Rho Statistics Bowl.

The team of John Garza and Dan Polhamus defeated teams from Case Western University, the University of Georgia and Portland State University.

The competition was organized by UTSA faculty members Dr. Stephanie Cano and Michael Anderson.

Junior Participates in “Monster” Leadership Conference
NaKeisha Wyatt, a junior majoring in marketing, was selected to participate in the Monster Diversity Leadership Program (DLP). Wyatt attended the three-day conference at St. John’s University in New York.

The leadership program is designed to give students the opportunity to build life and career skills and network with industry-leading employers while forging lifelong relationships with other high-achieving peers. The students participated in interactive workshops and career building seminars. Only 3,000 students were selected to participate in the program.
Wyatt was chosen based on the strength of her academic performance, leadership, participation in community activities, work experience and personal goals.

Business Student Named to Publishing Advisory Board
David Garcia, a senior majoring in information systems, was one of 11 students nationwide named to the Pearson Student Advisory Board.

As a member of the advisory board, Garcia will receive a stipend and complimentary Pearson textbooks and participate in educational summits.He is a member of the college’s Business Scholars Program, a senator in Student Government, president of the Honors Alliance and a member of the Honors College.

Pearson is a global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs. Members of the advisory board help Pearson better understand student educational needs. Students provide a fresh perspective in the shaping of new publishing programs. 

Leadership Challenge Class Develops Community Service Project
Leadership Challenge ClassMembers of the college’s Leadership Challenge class in the Center for Professional Excellence spent the past year organizing and conducting a community service event to raise awareness and support for childhood cancer. The event, sponsored by the UTSA Provost’s Core Values Initiative, culminated in a children’s fashion show featuring cancer survivors and their families.

The purpose of the event was to promote the spirit of giving, enhance the UTSA community and contribute to the development of leadership capacities on campus. Student leaders from throughout UTSA were invited to participate in the event and learn about the cause, and they were encouraged to utilize their organizations to help raise funds for childhood cancer.
Members of the 2009 class were Carlos Castaneda, Channing Farris, Dilip Gokhale, Daniel Green, Nick Huang, Vanessa Humphreys, Jay Kahlon, Luis Medina, Trevor Miller, Nicole Munoz, Jeremy Patton, April Sanchez, Arsene Sebasigari, Matt Shelton and Nicole White.

The two-semester Leadership Challenge program is designed for students who wish to embark upon a personal, introspective learning journey to improve their leadership capabilities and to explore possibilities for enhancing learning capacities and strategic thinking. Through exposure to community and corporate leaders, special projects, dialogues, and speakers, students enhance their understanding of leadership and hone their personal leadership skills.

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