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Travel through Texas-Mexico border region gives students eye-opening experience

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(May 14, 2013) -- Since 2008, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) have partnered to offer a joint three-week course in May that is designed to offer students a view of the business practices along the Texas-Mexico border corridor, one of the most dynamic economic regions in the world.

Led by distinguished UTSA marketing professor Daniel Tablada and UTPA management professor John Sargent, students from both universities will travel between San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley to meet and learn from established business leaders and top-level management.

Former UTSA business student Jimmy Martinez '11 took the course in 2011.

"As a direct result of this class, my perceptions of South Texas and Mexico have been completely altered," said Martinez. "I always pictured this region as rather empty and a place where not much goes on. Now I see an economic region that is bubbling with many, many things to offer our state, country and the world of international trade. Many opportunities exist in South Texas for entrepreneurial-minded people."

The students will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing multinational businesses operating on the Texas-Mexico border. They also will gain insight into the culture and reality of doing business in the border region and will learn how to make good international management, marketing and entrepreneurial decisions.

"Students can only learn so much from reading about international trade and business in books," said Tablada. "This experiential-based course allows our students to learn first-hand how international business relations work in this region and see how they might fit into this world once they graduate."

Highlights from this year's Strategies for the Texas Border Corridor course include tours of Port San Antonio and the H-E-B Seasonal Warehouse Mexico Export Department, with accompanying presentations by company executives. Additionally, students will hear from regional leaders in three panel discussions about international marketing, cultural sensitivity, and economic development and entrepreneurship.

The Border Corridor course is offered through the UTSA Office of International Business Programs, which supports international business degree programs, study abroad and exchange opportunities as well as specialized international programs, activities and research for the UTSA College of Business.

This summer, Tablada also will take 15 UTSA students to Peru for 10 days to learn about the kind of business and trade opportunities available in and with Latin America. This is one of six international summer immersion courses offered by the UTSA College of Business.

Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International and enrolls 5,700 students. The college is dedicated to raising its academic profile to become one of the best business schools recognized for developing "Knowledge for a New World."

>> Learn more at the UTSA International Business Programs website.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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