A Year in Review: The 2014 Newsletter of the H-E-B School of Business & Administration
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Congratulations, Graduates!
Congratulations to all 2014 graduates of the H-E-B School of Business & Administration! We wish you tremendous success in your future endeavors. 
Welcome from the Dean - Dr. Forrest Aven 

I would first like to wish everyone happy holidays and welcome to the 2014 newsletter: A Year in Review. It has been a year of milestones for the H-E-B School of Business & Administration (HEBSBA): we have added new facilities, developed new pioneering programs, continued our outreach into the community, and sustained growth in our student body.
In August, the HEBSBA proudly opened the doors to the new state-of-the-art Financial Resource Center (FRC). The FRC serves as another quality tool to prepare our students for the competitive business market. The center is equipped with a high-tech infrastructure, industry-standard software, and a student-managed portfolio. With the addition of the FRC, graduates seeking employment in the financial sector will be able to Dr. Forrest Avenseamlessly transition into the workforce. The FRC also assists the HEBSBA in building a clear visual identity. There are over 1700 business schools in North America, of which only 16 percent have a finance center; this gives us a unique advantage in recruiting top students for our business programs.
Remaining responsive to market forces, we have added two certifications to our continuing education program and a new concentration to our Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The HEBSBA now offers certifications in Social Media Communications for Nonprofits and Financial Planning. Through our partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Social Media Communications certification gives nonprofits a learning resource concentrated on stakeholder engagement and outreach. The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification has been adopted to satisfy a need for the next generation of qualified financial advisors. Finally, the HEBSBA is now home to the Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program. The PGM Program is dedicated to producing business minded professionals ready for a career in the global golf industry.
We have also seen old initiatives revitalized. It has been a great pleasure to witness the reestablishment of the HEBSBA Advisory Board. Constituted of community business leaders, the board serves to advise and support the school in achieving its mission and strategic vision. We want our students to have the most contemporary insights into the business world and the advisory board assists us in permeating that practical knowledge into the classroom. This information transfer is incredibly important as the HEBSBA now serves over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students many of whom will remain in San Antonio and South Texas.
We will continue to explore and develop new initiatives that improve the quality and increase the value of our business degrees. The above accomplishments resulted from the long hours and dedication of our faculty and staff, who maintain an overwhelming passion for service to their students, school and university. As we look forward to 2015, investment in our students will remain our top priority. I am certain the new year will bring great challenges and even greater achievements.
Best Regards,
Dean's Signature
Dr. Forrest Aven
UIW Outpaces Virginia Tech, Mizzou in National Quiz Bowl 
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Who says financial planning isn't a competition? Definitley not students from the H-E-B School of Business & Administration's (HEBSBA) Finance program. University of the Incarnate Word was one of six universities participating in the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators' (NAGDCA) Retirement Knowledge Quiz Bowl.

HEBSBA Adds New Certification Programs
Financial Planning & Social Media Communications
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As 2015 approaches, the H-E-B School of Business & Administration (HEBSBA) is preparing for the future.Two new certification programs have been added under the umbrella of the HEBSBA: 
financial planning and social media communications for nonprofits. Both certifications serve a growing need.

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Share Classes: HEBSBA Opens Doors to Financial Resource Center
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Walls have come down and student experience has gone up in the HEBSBA, as construction of the new state-of-the-art finance lab wrapped up in time for the start of the Fall 2014 semester. Designed to transport Wall Street to the classroom, students were introduced to their new virtual learning environment.

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Faculty Focus
Professor of Management Dr. David Vequist is founder and director of the Center for Medical Tourism (CMTR) located at the H-E-B School of Business & Administration.  The CMTR is the premier academic research center devoted to medical tourism and travel research. As part of its purpose, the center supplies stakeholders around the world with leading edge research and the truth about the impacts of medical tourism trends on the countries, companies and people involved in the industry.

David Vequist Vequist spent much of 2014 “touring” for medical tourism.  In May, Vequist was invited to the Emerge Americas Summit in Miami as a panelist for the Medical Tourism: Seeking Excellence in Specialty Care Forum. Vequist spoke on the evolving industry of medical tourism, its future effects on healthcare, and the possible effects of a nationalized healthcare system. In July, he was interviewed by the Houston ChronicleMedical Tourism Review Magazine, and AARP Magazine (the third largest circulated magazine in the country) on the economic impact of the bilateral migration of care-seekers in and outside the U.S. 

A pioneer in new trends, Vequist is also the sponsor of the HEBSBA's newest institute: The Social Predictive Analytics Institute (SPAn). The institute was established to assist organizations in developing, implementing, and assessing strategic social media campaigns through the use of predictive analytics. The institute has partnered with the San Antonio Area Foundation to offer a new certification program geared towards nonprofits. The program is set to begin early January 2015.

Vequist has been a member of the UIW community for 13 years. Prior to his professorship at UIW, Vequist served as Vice President of Human Resources for Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio. He received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa. 
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Learn more about the board and it's members
The HEBSBA is proud to announce the formation of the Advisory Board. The board serves to advise, promote and actively support the HEBSBA in achieving its mission and implementing its strategic plan for the betterment of students, faculty, alumni, and the business community.
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Modern Learning Environment Introduced for PGM Students
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Professional Golf Management (PGM) students are one step closer to a new home. Renderings have been produced of the program’s new facility located at the Republic Golf Course. The facility is currently designed with 13 thousand square feet and will be home to the H-E-B School of Business & Administration’s PGM Program and the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams.

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The Big Give San Antonio is Big Win for Capstone Students
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In its inaugural year, The Big Give San Antonio, a 24-hour online giving event hosted by the San Antonio Nonprofit Council, raised $2 million for the city’s non-profits. Capstone seniors were asked to be on the front line for the event; taking control of all social media efforts for the campaign. 
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A Career Conversation with Elisha Skorman
Marketing Graduate Turned LA Actress & Producer
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If you browse possible careers for marketing graduates you’ll come across job titles that are often repetitive. Pick a list, any list, and you’re sure to find the usual: market analyst, marketing sales representative, market researcher, they’re all there. What you won’t find is actress.
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Student Accomplishments 

Carl AponteCarl Aponte, junior banking and finance major, was presented the 2014 Excellence in Student Leadership award by the UIW Student Government Association. Aponte was acknowledged for being an outstanding leader in and outside of the classroom. Aponte was also recognized at the school’s 2014; Honors Convocation; where he received the Financial Executives International Scholarship and was presented with the Outstanding Achievement award for banking and finance. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA and is involved civically as the president of the Business Club. A Houston native, Aponte wishes to work in the oil and gas industry upon his graduation.

Ms. Adriana Gomez de Campo, general business major and member of the UIW conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, has been appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Archdiocesan Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Her role is to represent youth to this central policy-making body. Adriana has been a faithful member of the UIW Conference for a year and a half.  The mission of the UIW Conference is to grow spiritually through person-to-person service of the poor. The conference reflects on the Gospel and serves breakfast to the homeless at Haven for Hope on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Congratulations to DBA student Anida Duarte and Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Al Rubio for receiving the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Business Research Conference! The paper, “What had MLS done for you?” examined the marketing implications of using Multiple listing Service websites (Zillow, Trulia, Redfin) on real estate transactions.


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