(Nov. 13, 2009)--A newcomer to UTSA, Professor David Frego became chair of the Department of Music in fall 2008, and is the first faculty member to hold the Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professorship in Music. He leads a music department with more than 60 faculty members and 300 music majors earning both bachelor's and master's degrees.
UTSA recruited Frego from The Ohio State University, where he was associate chair of music in a tier-one music department. As an endowed professor, Frego is a nationally recognized scholar who joins the faculty and elevates the quality of research, creative activity and teaching for UTSA music students.
Frego has published book chapters, DVDs and articles in music education journals and journals for arts medicine. Though much of Frego's first year at UTSA has been spent getting to know the university and the community, he already is using the Blumberg endowment funds for start-up expenses and presentations at research conferences. Through these funds, he has acquired new software programs to convert and store qualitative research and new computer survey equipment.
A versatile musician, dancer, singer and educator, Frego is an internationally recognized expert in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, an approach to the performing arts that emphasizes rhythmic movement, aural (by ear) training and improvisation. He is one of only a handful of certified Eurhythmics instructors in the United States and the only one in Texas.
"The Dalcroze philosophy centers on the concept that the synthesis of the mind, body and resulting emotions is fundamental to all meaningful learning," Frego wrote in an overview of the Dalcroze Method for The Alliance for Active Music Making, which is on their Web site.
The endowment is one of several established at UTSA (the others are in architecture, biosciences and biology) by Roland K. and Jane Blumberg (deceased) of Seguin, Texas. Roland Blumberg earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from Harvard, and with his wife, Jane Blumberg, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, ran an oil production business in Seguin. The couple were strong supporters of public higher education in Texas. The fund was established in 2005.
"My father was a UT- and Harvard-educated mathematician and physicist," said Hilmar Blumberg, who lives in Seguin. "After these interests, his first love in the fine arts, by far, was music. And those who understand math or physics will know why."
Frego received a B.M. from Brandon University in (Manitoba) Canada and master of music in choral performance, master of music education and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University. Besides his performance and teaching activities, Frego researches and applies eurhythmics for adults affected by terminal illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.