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UTSA Commencement Close-Up: Michael D. Knoell, College of Business

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(Dec. 11, 2013) -- Meet Michael D. Knoell. He's not your average graduate student.

Employed by the U.S. Navy as an active duty healthcare administrator, Knoell will graduate this month with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a concentration in project management after just one year and one semester in the program.

In January, he will begin his new job at the Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity (NAVMISSA) right here in San Antonio where he will manage enterprise level IT projects.

"After looking at all the universities in the area, it turned out that the project management-focused M.B.A. here at UTSA clearly beat all the other universities for my needs and my future employers' needs," said Knoell.

In addition to his project management classes, the electives he took allowed him to concentrate on a few additional areas of analytics including big data, that he knows will make a big impact on his career.

He credits his adviser, Tammy McDaniel, for helping him navigate the administrative aspect of the program to complete it so quickly.

"Michael is one of the most positive students I've met, and he put a lot of energy into completing his degree as quickly as he did," said McDaniel. "On average, our M.B.A. students take between two-and-a-half and four years to get their degree."

At age 46, Knoell has traveled around the world through his career in the military including several deployments out to sea and a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan where he managed strategic communications and IT services for the country's preeminent Level I trauma facility.

Father of two children, Knoell is "stoked" to be graduating and starting the next chapter of his life with Navy Medicine. Down the road, he anticipates that he might get the opportunity to work for the newly formed Defense Health Agency.

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Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building
Flawn Science Building, Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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