(March 23, 2010)--Kelsey Bratcher, UTSA assistant director for risk education, attended the first-of-its-kind Certificate in Prevention Leadership Institute in February at Georgetown University.
The Professional Development Institute is a unique leadership development program offering a certificate in prevention leadership for higher education administrators working to reduce the risks associated with alcohol and other drugs. Developed by leading prevention experts and in close partnership with NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the program combines self-reflection, interactive dialogue and practical application of learned skills to create an engaging and actionable learning experience.
The Professional Development Institute learning experience employs multiple formats and delivery methods including a blend of online coursework, live classroom training and working group exercises. In the three-day classroom sessions, participants interact with other prevention professionals, practice new skills and receive valuable feedback from course faculty and peers. The institute goal is to arm administrators with new knowledge, tactics and skills that they can put to immediate use on their campuses.
"Attending the institute was a positive experience," said Bratcher. "This training has been a need in alcohol and other drug prevention. This opportunity provided me with more tools in order to continue making an impact at UTSA."
The Professional Development Institute was hosted by NASPA and Outside the Classroom. NASPA is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice. Organization members are committed to serving college students by embracing the core values of diversity, learning, integrity, collaboration, access, service, fellowship and the spirit of inquiry. Outside the Classroom provides programs and strategies for reducing alcohol-related risk and harm prevention. The organization's flagship educational program, AlcoholEdu for College, is used on more than 500 campuses including UTSA.
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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