Kudlas Establish Graduate Fellowship in Security
Nancy, MBA ’87 and Frank Kudla, ’85, have donated $500,000 to the College of Business to create the Nancy and Frank Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Information Assurance and Security. The gift from the Kudla Foundation will be used to support graduate student research and education in cybersecurity.
“Our foundation is focused on national security and service leadership through education,” said Nancy Kudla. “We are excited about this concept and spreading the word about UTSA being a leader in cybersecurity.”
Selected through a competitive application process, Kudla Fellows will be graduate or post-graduate students studying and conducting research in information assurance and security. The first fellows will begin in fall 2012.
“It is our hope that our contribution will help foster continued growth in the ongoing alliance between UTSA, the military and the federal government cybersecurity communities,” said Nancy Kudla. “We look forward to the invaluable contributions UTSA and its graduates will make in ensuring our nation’s cybersecurity readiness.”
The Kudlas founded dNovus RDI, a federal contracting company that specialized in applied information technology, in 1989. They sold the company in 2008.
Benefactors Transform Landscape of Business Building
Within the past year, dramatic transformations have occurred within the Business Building due to the generous support of College of Business donors.
The College of Business opened the doors to the Advanced Laboratories for Information Assurance and Security (ALIAS) last fall. ALIAS provides necessary resources to support a broad spectrum of security-centric activities within the College of Business. ALIAS’ secure server area supports faculty research, and the lab also includes two state-of-the-art technology classrooms that support student coursework.
ALIAS was funded through the generosity of gifts from benefactors to the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security and from gifts to the college’s Knowledge for a New World Fund. Lead gifts were provided by Graham Weston and Richard and Katharine Schlosberg.
Located adjacent to ALIAS is the college’s new Financial Studies Center. Staged to look and operate like a trading room commonly found on Wall Street, the lab serves as a teaching and research center. Equipped with Bloomberg terminals, students and faculty can participate in the gathering and analysis of live, real-time financial data. Over the past year, more than 850 students have utilized the facility for undergraduate and graduate coursework, seminars and workshops.
More than $250,000 in support for the center’s creation and daily operations was raised from Amegy Bank of Texas, Citigroup Payment Services, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Security Service Federal Credit Union, South Texas Money Management, Texas Capital Bank, U.S. Global Investors Inc., the Volney E. Dibrell Charitable Trust and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Funding for the center was raised through an advisory council taskforce. Members were Jay Clingman, MBA ’01, JPMorgan Chase Bank; Stewart Goodson, ’84, Ernst & Young; Cindy Jorgensen, EMBA ’00, Southwest Business Corporation; and Mark Metcalfe, Wells Fargo Bank.
Finally, the newest renovation planned for the College of Business is the creation of the Executive Leadership Suite, a new multipurpose suite on the first floor to be used for on-campus interviews, seminar rooms and EMBA group study space. The 1,200-square-foot space will be divided into multipurpose breakout rooms to serve a wide range of student and employer needs. The construction process will begin this fall and is scheduled for completion in January 2012.
Southwest Business Corporation provided the lead gift of $100,000 to support this renovation project. The College of Business is seeking additional support from corporations, alumni and friends to fund construction of the suite. Naming opportunities are available at various giving levels. For more information, contact Kim West at (210) 458-7307.
Real Estate Visionary Endows Professorship
Steven and Bruce Lee have given $250,000 to the UTSA College of the Business to establish the Quincy Lee Professorship in Real Estate Finance and Development.
The professorship was established in honor of Lee’s father, Quincy Lee, in recognition of his leadership within the real estate industry. Steven Lee is a member of the UTSA Development Board and an inaugural member of the college’s Real Estate Finance and Development Founders Council, an advisory board charged with furthering the quality, visibility and growth of the college’s Real Estate Finance and Development program.
Dr. Thomas Thomson has been named the inaugural recipient of the Quincy Lee Professorship. Thomson, director of the Real Estate Finance and Development Program and professor of finance, has taught at UTSA since 1993. His research interests focus on real estate, mortgage default and foreclosures. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
“Quincy Lee loved San Antonio, the University of Texas and the real estate development business,” said his son Steven Lee. “He would be very excited about UTSA’s contribution to professionalism in our industry and doubly proud to have his name associated with a UTSA Professorship for Excellence in Real Estate.”
Ernst & Young Renews Support for 5th Year Accounting Scholarship Program
The Ernst & Young Foundation and E&Y UTSA alumni have raised more than $120,000 in support of the Ernst & Young Accounting Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarship support to accounting students pursuing the master of accountancy degree.
Established to increase the number and diversity of students who complete the five-year accounting program, the program provides financial support to E&Y Scholars for two years.
“I found my calling in accounting following my first Principles of Accounting course,” said Kari Weiland, an E&Y Scholar. Upon completing her internship with Ernst & Young, Weiland walked away with a job offer in the company’s audit department beginning this fall. “I’m extremely proud of all that I have accomplished,” said Weiland. “I’m extremely excited for the future and eager to give back to the university that started it all.”
“Through this collaboration with Ernst & Young, we can continue to prepare our students to meet the challenges faced in the workplace,” said Kim West, executive director of advancement. “It is not only an investment in our students, but [it is also an investment] in the future of the accounting profession.”
Accounting Tournament Raises $30,000 for Student Scholarships
More than $30,000 was raised for student scholarships at the Department of Accounting’s annual Scholarship Golf Tournament this spring. The tournament, now in its 19th year, is held annually to benefit the Kathleen Reymann Keil Memorial Scholarship, established in tribute to Kathleen Reymann Keil, ’85, founding president of UTSA’s Beta Alpha Psi student chapter.
Eighty golfers participated in the tournament, which was held at Silverhorn Golf Course. First place was awarded to the Stephanie Davis Team; the Clear Channel Communications and Slattery|Perkins Team finished second; and the ATKG and Frost Team placed third.
Signature sponsors were KFC, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut, A&W and Wingstreet; PwC; Stephanie A. Davis, ’94, MT ’98; Tesoro; Rush Enterprises; C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.; Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C.; EyeMasters; and Ryan, LLC.
Accounting Advisory Board members Nancy Ozuna, ’93, MPA ’95, and Amber Rudolph, ’95, volunteered at the tournament. Student members of Beta Alpha Psi also volunteered during the event and assisted with tournament logistics.
Impact of Giving at UTSA
This past year more than $1.8 million was raised in private gifts and donations to the UTSA College of Business. With state funding steadily decreasing, private gifts enable the college to seize new opportunities and direct money where it is needed the most.
Because of the generosity of donors this year, the UTSA College of Business was able to:
*Award more than $565,000 to 70 doctoral students to assist with tuition and fees, graduate research and fellowships utilizing funding from the Valero Energy Foundation and the Texas Research Incentive Program.
*Provide 95 business students with scholarships totaling over $222,000.
*Triple the value of the college’s endowment over the last five years, providing a perpetual base of nearly $400,000 in support each year for scholarships, faculty and programs.
*Allocate more than $25,000 for student programming and events such as the Business Ethics Symposium, Briefcase Brigade and the Business Student Council.
*Award more than $500,000 to support faculty fellowships, professorships and chairs.
*Fund the $100K New Venture Technology Competition to support new business venture creation by students through our Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship.
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