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Friday, December 16, 2016

Student Organization of the Month: ENACTUS

ENACTUS is a global, non-profit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries. ENACTUS offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Get to know more about this org as well as the president, Katelyn Bain. 
Q: Give us a brief summary of your organization.
Texas State Enactus, or Entrepreneurial Action Us, is a not-for-profit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations whose mission is to better individuals, communities, and countries through free enterprise. Enactus's purpose is accomplished through outreach projects where students and faculty involve the community in the free enterprise system, providing the students with an opportunity to teach others what they have learned.

Q: How has your organization helped you grow as a student and future professional?
Enactus has provided me with hands-on experience that cannot be taught in the classroom and helped me grow as a leader. As president, I work side-by-side with our advisor, Mrs. Vicki West, and our Executive Committee to manage 120+ undergraduates and over 20 active projects in our organization. I have learned management techniques, developed financial and investment skills, and had numerous opportunities to network with my peers and professors.

Q: What makes your organization special/unique?
I think Texas State Enactus is unique because it operates like a true business. Enactus assist local business owners and programs to improve the community, as well as creates business ventures that help empower our students. With the guidance and support from our advisor, our profit centers allow us the ability reinvest into our organization.

Q: What is something you wish someone would’ve told you before you started your college journey?
I wish someone would have told me to take chances and get involved! I have learned through my college journey, as well as through Enactus, that if you don’t take advantage of an opportunity, someone else will.

Q: How can students join your organization?
  Students can join Texas State Enactus by taking Studies in Free Enterprise, an upper-level marketing course (MKT 3362).

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.