(April 7, 2010)--The UTSA College of Public Policy will host Camilla Stivers, Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, who will speak on "Great Cities in Dark Times" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 14 in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
In an era when the economy is troubled and America's trust in government is low following the Sept. 11 attacks, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, Stivers encourages public servants to understand the role they play and to act in ways that create "public service as social hope."
"The greatness of great cities comes from an engaged public," said Stivers. "If people don't trust city governments, if they feel that government is 'them' instead of 'us,' then no amount of economic development or business-like management is going to make a city great. People in government can create opportunities for citizens to get information, express their opinions and talk to each other about the important issues facing the city."
The presentation, free and open to the public, is a continuation of the Great Cities Dialogue series, an annual gathering of leading academic experts, civic leaders and policy makers to discuss key topics influencing San Antonio's growth and development into a "great city." Key areas of interest include urban development and revitalization, transportation, energy and sustainability.
In addition to Stiver's work as the Albert A. Levin Chair in Urban Studies and Public Service, she served as associate editor for the American Society of Public Administration and associate study director of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine report on the future of public health. Before her roles in public administration at Cleveland State University and Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Stivers spent 20 years working as a manager in urban community-based nonprofit organizations.
A noted author of journal articles and several books, Stivers' list of honors includes receiving the 2008 Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration for her book "Governance in Dark Times: Practical Philosophy for Public Service" and the Distinguished Research Award from the Section on Women in Public Administration for her work "Gender Images in Public Administration: Legitimacy and the Administrative State."
Stivers received her master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and her doctoral degree in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech.
For more information, contact Marian Bownds at 210-458-2530.
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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