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(Nov. 11, 2009)--Water experts from across the state will gather at UTSA at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the Main Campus to launch the 2009-2010 Texas Water Symposium, an annual series of public discussions about water use and conservation. The forum, "Our Limited Groundwater Supply: Whose Desired Future Conditions Are We Planning For?" is free and open to the public.

Robert E. Mace, deputy executive administration of water science and conservation at the Texas Water Development Board, will moderate the symposium, which will include three panelists:

  • Mary Ellen Summerlin , board member and at-large representative, Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District, Kerr County
  • Weldon Hammond , director, UTSA Center for Water Research
  • Gregory M. Ellis , attorney and executive director, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Conservation Districts

The panelists will discuss Texas' population growth and related water supply challenges, the complexity of water issues and solutions to complex water issues. Particularly, they will address the distribution and abundance of water in Texas; groundwater and surface water supplies; urban and rural water issues; water policy; the science of water; legal, economic and ethical issues; interaction and planning among water supply agencies; and the history of the Rule of Capture in shaping Texas' water policy. The forum also will include time for questions from the audience.

The annual Texas Water Symposium is a series of free lectures and forums to inform and engage Texas citizens. It is sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance. Each forum will be recorded and aired on Texas Public Radio the following Friday.

Future symposia in the 2009-2010 series will include "Climate Change and Impacts on Floods, Weather and Drought in Texas: What Controversy?" scheduled for Jan. 28, 2010, and "Kids, Water and Science: Perspectives from Our Future" with a panel of school children, scheduled for March 25, 2010.

For more information about the series, visit the Texas Water Symposium Web site or contact UTSA Professor Weldon Hammond at (210) 458-5471.

Events

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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