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Class Notes is a compilation of alumni submissions and reports from newspapers and other media outlets.


Patrick T. Mulva, M.B.A., retired in September from his position as vice president and controller at ExxonMobil after more than 38 years with the company. Mulva joined the refinery in 1976 as a financial analyst when it was still Exxon Co. USA and had not joined with Mobil. He held many financial positions within the company and was elected to its executive board as vice president in 2004. Mulva is also on the UTSA College of Business Advisory Council.

Jose N. Uranga, M.A. in environmental studies, has published the last of the Buenavida trilogy books, The Buenavida America. The book highlights the Hispanic experience in the U.S. southwest from 1912 to the present. Altogether, the three books present vignettes of events and issues affecting Hispanics in the southwest from 1849 to the present. While the books are classified as fiction, most of the described events are based on fact.


Roxanne Austin, B.B.A in accounting, has been named the interim nonexecutive board chairwoman of Target. Austin had a hands-on role advising Target’s interim CEO during the search to find a new leader for the company.


Denise Mayfield, M.S. in biology, has joined the Austin office of Husch Blackwell as the newest addition to the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team. Mayfield will advise U.S.- and foreign-based pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, biotechnology companies and other organizations in the health care arena in the development and protection of intellectual property assets, including biotechnology licensing, product clearance, regulatory compliance and technology transfer.


Michael Magusiak, M.B.A., retired in June from his position as president and CEO of CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese. He worked for CEC for 27 years, joining them upon graduation from UTSA. In June 1994 he was named president and in 1996 he was elected to the company’s board of directors.


Sidney E. “Gene” Edwards, M.B.A., retired in April from his position as executive vice president and chief development officer of Valero Energy Corp. He worked for Valero for 32 years, starting as an analyst in planning and economics. Following his retirement, Edwards was appointed to the Green Plains Inc., board of directors in June.


Jon Gary Herrera, B.A. in political science, will serve as Rey Feo LXVII during San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration, after raising more than $200,000 for college scholarships for area students. Herrera has also recently been hired as president and CEO of Allied Advertising.


Kevin M. Kelley, B.S. in kinesiology, published Up Down and All Around, a children’s book about Christianity, in April. Along with being an author, Kelley works as a personal trainer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Roger Davis, B.B.A. in accounting, has been named T-system’s new president and chief executive officer. Davis was formerly a managing director at Assenture.


Hugo Perez, B.S. in electrical engineering, costarred in the feature film 50 to 1, which tells the story of racehorse Mine That Bird, the winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Perez, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has appeared in a variety of films since he began acting in 2001, including working with Robert De Niro on the set of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. In 50 to 1, Perez plays one of the horse’s trainers.


Ryan Lamm, B.S. in electrical engineering, M.S. ’05 in management of technology, has been promoted to director of the communications and embedded systems department in the automation and data systems division at Southwest Research Institute. In this position he will oversee almost 60 staff members conducting research and development in advanced instrumentation, smart energy, tactical and communications networks, and unmanned systems.

Alex San Martin, B.A. in communication, has been appointed as the Southern administrative coordinator with the California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus. He is also running for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.


Belinda Garza, B.B.A. in management, has been named vice president of government relations and public engagement for Univision. Garza is based in Washington, D.C. She manages political relations with Congress and in key state capitols, and works to extend the company’s presence with nontraditional stakeholders, such as business and trade associations, think tanks, and a range of federal and state agencies.


Daniel Steve Villarreal, M.A. in education, has launched a website about language learning aimed at a lay audience: American Older Brother also offers a free newsletter and has a Facebook page.


Jimmy Kuehnle, M.F.A., has been chosen to include his artwork in the exhibit State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. Kuehnle, who is known for working with inflatable sculpture, is showing a piece called Amphibious Inflatable Suit in Captivity. Once fully inflated, the piece is about 60 feet long, 20 feet high and 25 feet wide. Kuehnle is one of two alumni chosen to be in the exhibit, which features more than 200 works by 102 artists from across the nation. Chris Sauter M.F.A. ’96 was also chosen for the exhibit. Kuehnle, who is an assistant professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, will also have an exhibit at the Red Arrow Contemporary gallery in Dallas that will run from Dec. 13 to Jan. 24.

Alfred Vitela III, B.S. in mechanical engineering, has been named an associate at TLC Engineering for Architecture, the company announced in August. Vitela is a senior mechanical engineer in the firm’s Texas Operating Group in Dallas and San Antonio.

Mario Vazquez, B.A. in political science, has received the La Prensa Foundation Education Award for his outstanding contributions to education in San Antonio. The award was presented in April at the 2014 Diamond Awards Gala. Vazquez is the associate vice president for institutional advancement at Texas A&M San Antonio. He is a former president and CEO of KLRN.


Mary Elise Ferrer, M.A. in history, has been named the service coordinator for student life and civic engagement at San Antonio College. She’s tasked with helping students get involved in volunteering opportunities.


Kristi Corbitt, M.A. in education, has been named Fort Bend Independent School District’s director of elementary curriculum. Also, Corbitt was recognized in 2013 as one of 20 members of the LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, Accountability and Development) Principals’ Academy IV graduating class. The graduates hold positions as associate principals, assistant principals or deans of instruction at various FBISD campuses and are eligible for future principal positions in the district.


Pedro Luis Mojica Jr., B.S. in mechanical engineering, interned this summer for the International Motor Sports Association. It is the fourth consecutive summer he has been invited to work at NASCAR.

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