(April 27, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today the selection of Steve Barrera '82 as chief of police and director of public safety. Barrera recently retired from the San Antonio Police Department as deputy chief - service and support division commander, reporting directly to Police Chief William McManus. Barrera will assume his new duties at UTSA on May 1. He succeeds UTSA Police Chief David Hernandez, who resigned in July 2009.
"With over 30 years in law enforcement and many professional affiliations, Steve's education and experience will serve the university well, as he will be responsible for the leadership, planning, implementation, management and operation of the university police department," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs.
During his career with the San Antonio Police Department, Barrera advanced through the ranks, starting as a patrol officer in 1979. In addition to his executive-level administrative and operations credentials, Barrera also brings experience in major crimes investigations.
Barrera earned a B.A. in criminal justice at UTSA in 1982 and a master of public administration degree from Texas State University in 1988. He is a former adjunct professor of criminal justice at UTSA and of public administration at Wayland Baptist 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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