UTSA to host Teacher Appreciation Days

By Alexandria Sanchez
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Sept. 18, 2006)--The UTSA Teaching, Excellence, Advancement and Mentoring (TEAM) Center will host a series of events Sept. 20-21 at the 1604 and Downtown campuses as part of Teacher Appreciation Days.

Free and open to the public, the events will include "Thank A Teacher" information tables at the 1604 and Downtown campuses, a WebCT presentation on new classroom technology and a lecture by a Canadian educator on the many roles of teachers at universities.

UTSA Ambassadors will staff "Thank A Teacher" tables where students can pick up Teacher Appreciation Cards. The cards can be filled out by the students and presented to instructors who have significantly contributed to their study and learning experiences.

  • At the 1604 Campus, "Thank A Teacher" tables will be set up 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 20-21 at Sombrilla Plaza and the University Center second floor breezeway adjoining the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.
  • At the Downtown Campus, a table will be available 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 near the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124).

On Sept. 21, the TEAM Center and the Center for Distance Learning and Academic Technology will host a presentation with UTSA faculty who use the WebCT software platform in their classrooms. The presentation from 10-10:50 a.m., Sept. 21 will be in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 1604 Campus.

"We're excited to talk about this technology," said Mary McNaughton-Cassill, TEAM Center director. "Faculty like to utilize new technology, but it's often difficult to learn how. We make the learning process as painless as possible."

The WebCT demonstration will be followed from 11 a.m. to noon with a lecture, "Beyond Learning: Building Places Where Each of Us Can Grow," on the roles of teachers in today's university. The speaker will be Tony Chambers, professor of education and policy theory at the University of Toronto.

"Dr. Chambers' will talk not so much about how to teach, but why we are doing it," said McNaughton-Cassill. "The presentation will be informational and motivational."

A reception for Chambers is set for 5:30 p.m., Sept. 21 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124), Downtown Campus.

For more information on WebCT, contact Bill Angrove, assistant vice provost and director of the center for distance learning and academic technology, at (210) 458-5868.

The TEAM Center mission is to facilitate student learning by providing faculty and teaching assistants with resources that promote effective teaching practices. For more information on the TEAM Center (, contact Mary McNaughton-Cassill, at (210) 458-7371.

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