(Jan. 8, 2010)--Nominations are being accepted now for the University Excellence Awards and Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Awards. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11. The awards ceremony is April 13.
The goal of the University Excellence Awards Program is to honor outstanding UTSA staff across the Tri-campuses who demonstrate excellent work performance. An award of $1,000 will accompany each of these awards:
Tri-Campus community members also are invited to nominate individuals or work teams for the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award. This award is presented to faculty and staff members who have shown exemplary commitment to UTSA undergraduates and have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to UTSA undergraduate students. The recipient or recipients of this award could receive up to $2,000.
>> Download the nomination form for the University Excellence and Howe awards. The form includes criteria and descriptions for each award. Forms with the original signature should be mailed or taken to the Employee Relations Office, Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 2.02.46 (Main Campus) or University Heights Room 1.120.
"Our most valuable asset at UTSA is our people, and our university is rapidly becoming a premier research university thanks to the endless hours of dedication from our employees," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It is important that we take the time to recognize and honor those who go beyond the call of duty. I encourage you to take the time to nominate your colleagues for the University Excellence Awards and the Richard S. Howe award. I thank you in advance for taking the time to nominate your colleagues who help make UTSA a better place for all."
Note that a UTSA employee may be nominated for only one individual award in a given year. However, a UTSA employee may be nominated for an individual award and be part of a team award nomination in a given year.
For those employees without computer access, supervisors are asked to print this article and copies of the nomination form.
The University Excellence Awards ceremony is 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. At the ceremony, UTSA employees who have reached milestones in their length of service with the university will be recognized. Additionally, 2009 retirees will be invited to the ceremony to be recognized and to receive a token gift of appreciation from the university.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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