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  • BFP students with Kristie Loescher


Professor Regina Wilson Hughes, Director

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance; Director, Business Foundations Program

  • MS, University of North Texas, 1982 
  • BA, Tarleton State University, 1975

Regina Hughes is currently the director of the Business Foundations Program, a certificate program for non-business majors, and the director of the new Halliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute. Since coming to UT in 1993, Ms. Hughes has taught a variety of finance and economics classes. During the academic year, she teaches the capstone finance class to undergraduate seniors. She is also an instructor in the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program offered through McCombs and IC2. She continues to be a valued member of the UT faculty winning teaching awards and receives high marks in teaching evaluations.

Ms. Hughes has taught classes in Money, Banking & Economic Conditions, Integrative Finance, Foundations of Finance, and Risk Management & Insurance here at UT. Outside the classroom, Ms. Hughes consults with private companies in the areas of economics and insurance, and she's provided consultation with various attorneys on areas of contract and insurance law. Prior to UT, Ms. Hughes taught micro and macro economics at other universities and colleges in Texas.

Ms. Hughes holds a Master of Science Degree in Applied Economics from the University of North Texas. She has worked in various financial fields, held insurance licenses and served on professional review boards. She has served as a consultant to the US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas Department of Insurance and other private contractors. Her previous experience includes providing consulting services to non-standard insurance providers and adjusters across the State of Texas.

Ms. Hughes has participated in numerous professional development classes in case method teaching, teaching effectiveness and classroom management and ethical business practices. She participated in the Dean’s Spanish Language Program and teaches classes for UT in Monterrey, Mexico each fall. She has been an invited speaker to many school sponsored events and other civic groups. Regina Hughes is an experienced public speaker, instructor, and consultant.  

Dr. Kristie Loescher

Sr. Lecturer, Department of Management

  • DBA, Nova Southeastern University, 2004 
  • MS, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1986 
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1983 

Dr. Loescher is a senior lecturer in the Management Department of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches management, leadership, human resources, and business communications. She received her doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management. Prior to her career in academia, she earned an MPH from the University of Michigan and worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the areas of quality assurance, utilization management, and clinical research. Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, change management, and diversity management. Dr. Loescher is also a co-author of the book, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed, published by Kendall Hunt in 2007 with a second edition published in 2010.

Dr. JJ Riekenberg

Lecturer, Department of Management

  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin, 2004
  • BS - RTF, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974

Dr. Riekenberg is a lecturer in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. During the long semesters, she teaches BA 324 – Business Communications – to BBA students. She also serves as the faculty advisor the Texas Business Foundations program. For TBFSI, she teaches management and professional development.

A communications undergraduate major, Dr. Riekenberg worked in public television for 10 years. Then, along with her spouse, she owned and managed a film and video production company for 14 years. She and three other UT Austin “biz-com” instructors are the editors of the second edition of their textbook, Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed. She holds a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education/Higher Education Track and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, Motivation, & Instruction). Her interests include teachers and teaching effectiveness in higher education, and working with students to develop their communication skills.  Her students selected her for the Fall 2009 McCombs Faculty Honor Roll, the Spring 2010 semester Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for teaching, and the Spring 2013 McCombs Faculty Honor Roll.

Professor David Verduzco

Lecturer, Department of Accounting

  • MPA, University of Texas at Austin, 1993 
  • BBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

David Verduzco is a lecturer in the accounting department at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches financial and managerial accounting courses. He is also actively engaged in several student organizations and activities. While at UT, David was awarded the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for the McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining the faculty at UT, David worked at in various capacities for Dell Computer Corporation including positions in tax, marketing, internal audit and finance. He also worked at the Xerox Corporation and held positions in sales operations and pricing.

Professor William J. Way

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Finance

  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989 
  • BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1980

William Way is a lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the department of finance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches Corporate Finance. Prior to joining UT faculty in 2004, he held teaching positions at Austin Community College, Southwestern University, and St. Edward’s University. In additional to his academic background, he has over 30 years of experience in the corporate sector, and currently serves as the chairman and CFO of Vista-Scape, Inc., a landscape contracting and service company.

Professor Way is licensed as a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner. He holds the designations of accredited asset management specialist, chartered retirement planning counselor, and chartered mutual fund counselor.

Professor Way was the Finance Department nominee for the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2009. He was recognized as a member of the McCombs School Faculty Honor Roll in 2006 & 2007 and received the Outstanding Adjunct Award from St. Edwards University Graduate Programs in 2000.

Professor Way was voted the Favorite Faculty Member of the McCombs School of Business Class of 2009. In 2011, he was recognized by Delta Sigma Pi, an academic fraternity, for his outstanding service and contribution to The University of Texas.

Professor Mary Lou Polosky

Lecturer, Department of Finance

  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1988 
  • BA, Texas A&M University, 1983

Mary Lou Poloskey is a lecturer in the Finance department at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches the introductory corporate finance course as well as a senior elective in financial analysis. She began teaching at UT in 1990, and has taught in both the Accounting and Finance departments. Prior to teaching, she worked for Arthur Anderson, Trammell Crow Company, and Hewlett Packard in accounting and financial positions. She is a certified public accountant.

Professor Poloskey has worked with many student organizations, including serving as judge for University Securities Investment Team Stock Pitch Competition and as part of the Women in Business Professional Panel. She has received teaching accolades including Sigma Delta Tau Outstanding Professor Recognition, Teaching Excellence Award by the Hispanic Business Student Association, and a Teacher Appreciation Award from the Orange Jackets. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Poloskey has reviewed and created supplementary materials to accompany Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Parrino and Kidwell, 2nd edition.