Return From Exile
30 years later, Mansour El-Kikhia returns to Libya
Norma Cantú's study abroad course opens perspectives within and without
Hiding in Plain Sight
The photojournalism of Jack London
Patriotic Envelopes of
the Civil War
Marketing tools in the conflict between North and South
Endowed Faculty Chairs
Understanding their vital role in UTSA's transformation to a premier research institution
How graduate students leverage COLFA resources to fuel their passions
Rebuilding the Welfare State
UTSA professors examine European solutions
A New Musical Challenge
Opera Navarro pays homage to Texas founding father
Alumni Profile: Tim Craig
A journey from shamanism to the consumer's subconscious
Thirty Years Among
Origins of a textbook
The Spirit of San Antonio
First steps for the UTSA Marching Band
Jason Yaeger, Daniel J. Gelo, Teresa Eckmann, Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Steven G. Kellman, Bernadette Andrea, Norma E. Cantú, B. V. Olguín, Catherine Kasper, Mark Allen, Steven R. Boyd, David C. Sebald, Mark Brill, Matthew Dunne, Francisco Durand, Boyka Stefanova, Reed Hunt, Ginny Garcia, Christopher G. Ellison, T.S. Sunil
Faculty: Melvin Laracey, Daniel Engster, Mark Allen, Karen Dodwell, Daniel Engster, Amy Jasperson, David Hansen, David Heuser, Richard Gambitta, Kirsten Gardner, James Balentine, Marian Aitches, Renee Cowan, William McCrary, Anne Hardgrove
Your Gifts Make a Difference
A Glimpse of COLFA 2010-2011
Welcome to another edition of Ovations, highlighting the outstanding achievements of students, faculty and supporters of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Out of the tens of thousands of words in this issue of Ovations, that one word, aspirations, jumped out at me—twice, from seemingly disparate articles—when I read the stories in this issue. The first instance was in an article about senior lecturer and athletic bands director Ron Ellis, who, in trying to describe the magical moment when a university band marches onto the field, characterized the musicians as representing “all the hopes and aspirations” of everyone at that university.
The second instance was in a very different story, a Q&A with Political Science and Geography Department Chair Mansour El-Kikhia about his recent return to his home country of Libya after 30 years in exile. When asked about Muammar Gaddafi’s fate, El-Kikhia bluntly expresses his contempt for the regime that “destroyed the aspirations and dreams of so many people.”
With one word, aspirations, we are transported spiritually to a jubilant, fan-filled sports stadium and then asked to ponder a conflict-ravaged country on the other side of the globe. The common thread bridging the two realms is embedded in the human condition and our constant search for a sense of place and purpose, and also an understanding of our world.
UTSA does an outstanding job of preparing students to enter an array of professions; our students leave ready to enter careers as architects, engineers, economists, physicists, teachers, and many others. But it is the College of Liberal and Fine Arts that best represents our aspirations for our students and their ability to positively impact our world. Through the study of history, philosophy, literature, the arts and other disciplines, COLFA majors and non-majors alike develop the critical thinking and analytical skills—and the deeper understanding of what it means to be human—that will serve them for the rest of their lives no matter what profession they enter.
I appreciate Dean Dan Gelo’s invitation to write the welcome message for this issue of Ovations (and the special leap of faith it took to entrust a theoretical chemist to perform this task). I also want to thank you, the readers, for your stalwart support of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and its efforts to provide the core intellectual experience that is preparing all UTSA students for their role as responsible citizens of this world.
In short, I thank you for sharing the aspirations of all of us at UTSA.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs