(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.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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