UTPA to host May 1 event celebrating MBA program's 100th year in the U.S.
Posted: 04/24/2009
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The College of Business Administration and the Masters of Business Administration Association (MBAA) at The University of Texas-Pan American will mark the centennial celebration of the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program in the United States with a fundraising event Friday, May 1.

The banquet, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be held at the UTPA Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex, located at the southwest corner of Sugar Rd. and Schunior St. in Edinburg.

Members of the UTPA MBAA helping to plan the May 1 Centennial Celebration of the MBA program in the U.S. are left to right Javeria Farooqi, director of events; Jorge Salinas, president; Damian Huerta, director of committees; Ed Martinez, director of marketing; Marco Brede, director of IT; Rick Reeves, director of administrative affairs; and Sönke Beckmann, vice president.
Business leaders, UTPA alumni, colleagues and the general public are invited to join the celebration and enjoy a catered dinner, music and other entertainment, and a silent auction. Dan McGrew, president of the Reynosa Association of Maquiladoras and Manufacturers, will be the keynote speaker.

Event proceeds will go toward funding professional development opportunities for current UTPA MBA students such as conference and seminar attendance as well as helping the MBAA provide free community outreach services in the areas of marketing, management, accounting and advertising for local business owners. The MBAA has organized the event with support of the College of Business Administration.

While the first MBA class originated at Harvard in 1908, UTPA started offering its MBA program in 1975. The program was accredited by the AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - in 1986. Since its inception, the UTPA MBA program has produced more than 1,000 MBA graduates and is ranked number three in the nation in awarding MBA degrees to Hispanics according to Hispanic Outlook Magazine. The College of Business Administration's efforts to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education was recognized in 2007 with the prestigious Brillante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Individual tickets for the May 1 event are $40 a person and a table for eight is $400. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 956/381-3313.