Valero Gift Supports Graduate Education
The Valero Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of Valero Energy Corp., made a $2.5 million gift to support graduate students in engineering and business. The College of Business received $1.25 million to establish a graduate fellowship fund. An additional $1.25 million will be matched by the State of Texas through the Texas Research Incentive Program. The funds, which were secured by college Advisory Council member Clay Killinger, were used to support doctoral students.
“This gift demonstrates Valero Foundation’s commitment to education in San Antonio,” said Bill Klesse, Valero chairman and chief executive officer. “It is our hope that these scholarships will help people get a quality education and enable them to work at companies like Valero in the future.”
“The strategic vision that motivated this gift and its impact to change lives reflects Valero’s keen focus on building better communities,” said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. “Even in tough economic times, Valero again demonstrates leadership in philanthropy by investing in opportunities for San Antonio students to be successful.”
IBC Bank Funds Faculty Fellowship
Dr. Hamid Beladi, professor of economics, has been named the inaugural IBC Bank Senior Faculty Fellow at the UTSA College of Business. The fellowship was established this spring by IBC Bank to support faculty excellence.
“Dr. Hamid Beladi is a renowned researcher and faculty member in the College of Business,” said Dean Lynda de la Viña. “This fellowship will allow him to conduct world-class research in international economics, particularly in the areas of international trade and international migration of labor.”
“UTSA is one of the premier universities in South Texas and is quickly transforming into a world-class research institution,” said Steve Edlund, IBC–San Antonio president and chief executive officer. “The establishment of the IBC Senior Faculty Fellowship position within the university’s College of Business is just one way IBC Bank continues to support education in our community. By working with UTSA, we hope to inspire student learning and support the excellent faculty at the university.”
A respected researcher in the field of international trade theory, Beladi has published more than 160 papers in academic journals. His research interests have centered on the pure theory of international trade, technology transfer and joint ventures, exchange rate pass-through and international migration of labor.
He edits three academic publications including the International Review of Economics & Finance, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization and The North American Journal of Economics and Finance. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from Utah State University.
SWBC Supports College’s Center for Professional Excellence
The SWBC Foundation has committed $100,000 to the UTSA College of Business in support of capital renovations for the college’s Center for Professional Excellence.
“We are grateful for the investment that SWBC has made in the College of Business,” said Dean Lynda de la Viña. “SWBC has been a longstanding friend to the college. EMBA alumnus and college Advisory Council Vice Chair Cindy Jorgensen was instrumental in securing this gift that will allow us to continue to offer innovative programming and services for both our students and the business community.” “UTSA students are the future leaders of San Antonio,” said Charlie Amato, SWBC chairman and co-founder. “In fact, a number of our employees are graduates of UTSA, and their programs are top notch. Knowing that the business school is home to a number of leadership programs makes this investment vital for the local business community.”
The gift will provide catalyst funding for renovations in the Center for Professional Excellence. New meeting and study space will be created for EMBA students that will allow 24-hour access to the facility to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. In recognition of the SWBC Foundation gift, the College of Business will name the center’s executive conference room the SWBC Leadership Commons.
The Center for Professional Excellence is the home of executive education programming in the College of Business. Recognized for its focus on transformational leadership, it offers an executive MBA program, executive training and leadership development programs.
College’s Advisory Council Announces New Leadership
Mark Metcalfe, regional vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, has been named chair of the College of Business Advisory Council. Metcalfe has served on the council since 2006. Patrick Frost, president of Frost Bank, has been named chairman emeritus. He served as chair of the Advisory Council from 2007 to 2010.
Eleven new members have joined the Advisory Council to serve three-year terms. They are Craig Berkowitch, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting; Walter Embrey, president of Embrey Partners, Ltd.; Michael Garcia, ’85, chief financial officer and senior vice president at Omni Hotels and Resorts; Juan Landa, principal at Matterhorn Capital Management, LLC; and Daryl Lansdale Jr., partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Also joining the council are Laura McNutt, MPA ’88, partner at Weaver, LLP; Thomas Mitchell Jr., director of facilities management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton; Chris Penrose, vice president at AT&T Mobility; Greg Souquette, senior vice president at H-E-B; Todd Walthall, senior vice president of channel management at USAA; and Norman Wright, site president and executive vice president at Citibank, N.A.
The Advisory Council is charged with advising the dean, faculty and staff on curricula and programs, career planning and placement of students, alumni engagement and external affairs. Members provide a direct link between academia and the business community and help ensure the relevance of the college’s academic programming.
Real Estate Founders Council Names New Executive Members
Tim Swan, chief executive officer of Metropolitan Contracting Co., LTD, has been named chair of the Real Estate Finance and Development Founders Council. Pat Duncan, president and chief executive officer of USAA Real Estate Company, has been named vice chair.
Established in spring 2008, the 31-member advisory board is charged with furthering the quality, visibility and growth of the college’s Real Estate Finance and Development program and providing financial support. Members meet twice yearly and engage in the program through guest lectures, support of student activities and professional development and mentoring.
Alumnus Serves Up Student Scholarships
BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse announced a $50,000 scholarship commitment for business students enrolled in the Honors College at UTSA.
The scholarship effort was led by San Antonio native and UTSA College of Business alumnus Jerry Deitchle, MBA ’75, chairman, president and chief executive officer of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., a national restaurant headquartered in California.
This unique scholarship will provide $2,500 per academic year in scholarship funding per student as well as allow recipients an opportunity to apply for a paid internship at an area BJ’s Restaurant. The internship will allow business students interested in pursuing careers in food service and restaurant management invaluable learning experience in the industry.
“We are proud that our alumnus Jerry Deitchle has stepped up to not only support academic achievement for our business students, but also to provide invaluable internship experience for our students in the fields of tourism and hospitality management,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the College of Business. “Academic support and professional development are two areas which are vital for our students.”
College Named NSHMBA Partner
The College of Business has been named a University Partner by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The partnership was announced last fall during the NSHMBA San Antonio Chapter banquet.
The University Partner program was established by NSHMBA to increase the number of Hispanic students completing degrees. Partners agree to provide financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students. The first UTSA NSHMBA scholarship was awarded in fall 2010.
The college has been active with NSHMBA since 2001. In 2006, the college received NSHMBA’s Brillante Award for Educational Excellence, their most prestigious award. NSHMBA’s mission is to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.
Congressional Leaders Host Cyber Consortium
Congressman Ciro Rodriguez hosted a roundtable discussion with San Antonio area network experts last winter co-sponsored by UTSA, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Cyber Innovation and Research Consortium.
Special guests included Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee; Richard Perez, president of the
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; and Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber, commander of the 24th Air Force in San Antonio.
Presentations included an overview of the strengths of San Antonio as a “Cyber City,” a cyber consortium update and a presentation on the UTSA Information Security Community by Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the College of Business.
Following the roundtable, the participants were given a tour of the college’s new Advanced Laboratories for Information Assurance and Security (ALIAS). Dr. Nicole Beebe, assistant professor of information systems, demonstrated the capabilities of the lab and conducted a computer forensics exercise.
ALIAS supports a broad spectrum of security-centric activities within the College of Business. The lab’s secure server area supports faculty research in network intrusion detection, development of forensic search algorithms and security modeling. The lab includes two advanced technology classroom areas that support student coursework in digital forensics, network and telecommunications security, secure operating system development, secure code development and biometrics.
USAA Hosts Networking Event for Students
USAA partnered with the College of Business to host USAA day for business students last fall. The event included table recruiting, presentations by more than 15 USAA executives and a networking luncheon.
Wayne Peacock, executive vice president of enterprise business operations at USAA, was the keynote speaker. Peacock shared insights from his career development, discussed skills required of today’s employees and highlighted recent innovations at USAA during the networking luncheon.
The event was co-sponsored by the college’s Center for Student Professional Development. More than 1,500 business students participated in the networking event.
UTSA Faculty Support Student Success
Giving back to UTSA to help fund student success, several College of Business faculty members have shown their support of the college by funding scholarship programs for students. Dean Lynda de la Viña established the Viña-Valero Scholarship this year using an honorarium received from Valero. The gift will support economics undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business.
Dr. Jerry Keating, professor of statistics, and Dr. Steve Werling, lecturer III in management, have both established endowed scholarships in the college for students in statistics and human resources respectively. Dr. Victor Heller, associate professor of marketing and director of executive education, has used the proceeds from his book royalties to help fund the college’s general scholarship fund open to all business majors.
“The scholarship was a lasting way that I could give back to the university,” said Keating, who used book royalties to fund the scholarship. “A gift from a faculty member means a great deal to students. Over the years students have not only expressed thanks for the scholarship, but they have also donated to the scholarship.”
Retired real estate faculty member Warner Fassnidge created the Warner F. Fassnidge Scholarship in 2006 while he was still teaching. Recently endowed, the scholarship will support real estate students in perpetuity.
“Faculty and staff who give philanthropically to UTSA demonstrate a level of commitment that speaks volumes to our alumni, students and the community at large,” said Kim West, executive director of advancement. “Beyond the dedicated service that UTSA employees show through their work, giving shows a devotion to the UTSA mission that goes way beyond any one person’s job description.”
Harvard Business Club Members Mentor Students
The college’s Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) partnered with the Harvard Business Club to establish the CITE Mentor Network, a mentoring program for student entrepreneurs participating in the biannual $100K Student Technology Venture Competition.
The mentorship program is led by William Tolhurst, ’85, president of the Harvard Business Club. A professional mentor is paired with each student team participating in the competition. The mentors acted as advisers to the start-up companies, provided professional guidance and utilized their network of contacts to provide subject matter experts in key areas such as venture financing, business strategy and market research.
“I am personally motivated to help students realize that there are other opportunities available to them beyond the more traditional employment tracks,” said Tolhurst, who received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. “These opportunities can enrich both the students and the San Antonio community, and over the years help develop a strong and vibrant culture of technology entrepreneurship.”
Since the inception of the program last fall, 17 mentors have participated.
“Perhaps the most eye-catching motivator to our mentors is the chance to be part of something that is truly unique, not only locally but nationally,” said Tolhurst. “While it’s a delight to see new companies formed by these teams, the primary objective remains enriching the educational experience of the students.”
The $100K Student Technology Venture Competition is the major student entrepreneurial event at UTSA, giving students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs. Teams of senior business and engineering students work throughout the semester to develop a technology demonstrator and business plan to successfully develop a new company. More than 300 students have participated in the competition since its inception in 2007.