Thursday, September 03, 2015

UTSA opens Women's History Month with award to Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

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From left, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte accepts the Women's Advocate of the Year award from Sonia Saldivar-Hull, UTSA Women's Studies Institute Executive Director and Larissa Mercado, UTSA Women's History Month organizer.

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(March 3, 2010)--The UTSA Women's Studies Institute opened Women's History Month this week by honoring state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as Women's Advocate of the Year.

Van de Putte has served five terms in the Texas Senate and is one of only 10 women to hold a Texas Senate seat. For 30 years, she has been a pharmacist and championed issues promoting women's health. In the last legislative session, Van de Putte authored legislation calling for more funding for women's health programs and Texas women veterans' programs. She also sponsored the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act.

A Women's History Month reception at UTSA included a welcome from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and keynote address by Elena Gutierrez, professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Gutierrez published the book "Fertile Matters" and specializes in the areas of Latina reproductive justice and women's health.

Women's History Month features a series of educational events celebrating women's contributions and causes from a feminist perspective, while promoting a commitment to diversity and aiming to achieve social justice and women's empowerment. For 25 years, UTSA has celebrated the lives, stories and accomplishments of women, as well as raising awareness about the struggles women continue to experience in the home, workplace and beyond.

This year's theme "Writing Women Back Into History" reflects the diversity of academic interests at UTSA, as well as speaks to both the national theme and the institute's annual theme of "Testimonios: Celebrating our Stories."

View the schedule of events at the UTSA Women's Studies Institute Web site. For more information, contact Larissa Mercado at 210-458-7885.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

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The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
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Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
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