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Friday, December 2, 2016

Entrepreneurial Speaker Series: DVD of Sam Barshop

Chairman of the Board of Barshop & Oles, L.P.

and Founder of La Quinta Inns, Inc.

Mr. Barshop is founder and retired Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of La Quinta Inns, Inc. In September 1995 he joined forces with Barshop Enterprise of San Antonio and C. P. Oles Company of Austin to form a new company to merge their real estate interests. Mr. Barshop is Chairman of the Board of this San Antonio-Austin based firm, Barshop and Oles, L.P.
Mr. Barshop is a former director of Southwest Airlines, former chairman of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, and the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance. He is very active in local, state and nationwide affairs.
A graduate of The University of Texas, he is a former member of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, and currently serves on numerous U.T. boards and committees. Mr. Barshop is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of The University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio and until the Fall of 2005 he held the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Chair in Entrepreneurship Studies at Texas State University. Mr. Barshop is also a Trustee and member of the Advisory Council of the San Antonio Academy. In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Barshop were honored as the key benefactors in the establishment of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies which is located in the Texas Research Park.
Mr. Barshop is a recipient of The University of Texas Ex-Student’s Association Distinguished Alumni Award; Distinguished Alumnus Award-College of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin; College of Business Administration Hall of Fame, The University of Texas at Austin; 2003 San Antonio Business Hall of Fame Laureate; 2003 Inductee-Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame; and 2004 recipient of  The Americas Lodging Investment Summit Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tuesday, December 6
9:30 am
McCoy Hall 119

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Policy of the Month: Tuition Rebate

Qualified students may receive a tuition rebate up to a maximum of $1,000

 To be eligible students must:
  • Have enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the fall 1997 semester or later
  • Meet the residency requirements and paid resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree
  • Enrolled for the first time in fall 2005 or later and graduate within four calendar years from the first semester enrolled (at any institution).
  • Have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required to complete the degree (i.e. 123 total attempted). Hours attempted include:
    • transfer credits
    • course credit earned exclusively by examination (except that, for the purposes of this program, only the number of semester credit hours earned exclusively by examination in excess of nine semester credit hours is treated as hours attempted);
    • courses dropped after the official census date;
    • optional internship and cooperative education courses; and
    • repeated courses
DEADLINE: Rebate forms must be turned in no sooner than the first day of the semester in which you graduate and no later than 60 days after graduation. You will receive an email confirmation in the days following the receipt of your rebate form.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Still Need to Add a Class for Spring?

MGMT 4399 – Listed as “Independent Study”, but is actually:
Global Issues in Sustainability and CSR

This course will address the global issues and current trends in sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. The quadruple bottom line of social, environmental, cultural, and economic responsibility will be explored. Corporate Social Responsibility is defined as responsibility to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. We will discuss the drivers of sustainability, and such topics as:
·         CSR
·         Role of the UN, World Bank, IFC, and other multi-lateral organizations
·         Public Private Partnerships
·         Green building
·         Conflict Minerals
·         Supply chain responsibility
·         Stakeholder engagement
·         Cause and social marketing
·         Environmental responsibility
·         Socially responsible investing
·         Sustainability reporting
·         Transparency
·         Human rights
·         Climate Change

Instructor’s Overview:
The course will be taught via the case study method and student-led Learning Teams methods. The first week of class, we will create 4-5 learning teams from the class. Each class period a learning team will present the case assigned for that class period according to the course outline (see below).  Each team will present roughly three cases. We will also learn from some lecture, guest speakers, and a capstone research project. There are no exams – this class is focused on applied learning. 

This class will count as an advanced business elective, advanced management elective, or a free elective. Even though it is listed as a management course, you must get department approval from the Finance & Economics Department. For more info, you can visit or contact our advising center at 512-245-1993.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Student Organization of the Month: SHRM

Get to know the president of SHRM, Amanda Torres and her organization! SHRM serves the needs of the human resource management professional by providing the most essential and comprehensive set of resources available. In addition, SHRM is committed to advancing the human resource profession and the capabilities of all human resource professionals to ensure the HR is an essential and effective partner in developing and executing organizational strategy. SHRM has more than 575 chapters in over 130 countries, SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to furthering the interest of the human resource profession.

Q: Give us a brief summary of your organization.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Texas State is the student chapter of the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

The Texas State University Chapter provides students with internship opportunities, learning initiatives, and professional speakers to link theory, laws and content, while increasing knowledge as to the effective management of human capital (people) in business. The chapter prepares students for careers in management through networking, camaraderie, respect and mutual support among chapter members and information exchange.
We have food, fun, and prizes at all meetings as well!

Q: How has your organization helped you grow as a student and future professional?
This organization has helped me move outside of my comfort zone. I joined last year and was not an active member outside of the meetings, when at the end of the year I took a chance and applied to go on a case competition. Little did I know at the time I would be competing against universities all around the nation with an all inclusive trip paid for by McCoy to represent Texas State much less that I would be the Chapter President the next year. I’ve met so many people and learned to conquer my fear of public speaking letting me evolve my leadership skills into what they are today. 

Q: What makes your organization special/unique?
What makes SHRM so unique is that after college you can transition into a national chapter for the rest of your professional career. The immensity of resources is incredible including workshops and conferences. I would say the biggest benefit of joining both the Student and National Chapter is the amount of support you receive from colleagues, peers, and so forth. 

Q: What is something you wish someone would’ve told you before you started your college journey?
I think every college student has heard the cliché sayings of “don’t procrastinate” or “be fearless” but those two things have always hindered me. I am a procrastinator by nature, which is somewhat due to my fear of failure. However I have learned that failure is inevitable but it is only as permanent as you permit it to be. Be fearless in your efforts to reach your destiny and mostly try often! Start today, no matter how tired you are, stay up and study an extra hour. Join an organization, meet people and network, take ownership of your path and be great.  

Q: How can students join your organization?
SHRM is open to ALL majors and are always welcoming of new members! Please email Amanda Torres, Chapter President amt105@txstate.edu for more details regarding meeting times. We would love to see you there!

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