May 4, 2010
UTSA faculty and staff members,
As you are aware, in January 2010, Governor Rick Perry requested that state agencies (including institutions of higher education) identify a "5 percent reduction to their 2010-2011 general revenue and general revenue-dedicated appropriations." UTSA's proposed reduction is $9.8 million.
As a result of the general economy, and more specifically, consistent with the governor's request, we have reviewed several budget strategies as we plan for the next biennium. While I want to make sure that resources are concentrated to support our core educational mission, I believe that UTSA faculty and staff are crucial for our success as one of the state's fastest growing public universities.
We cannot anticipate the outcome of the 2011 Legislative session and the possible funding cuts that may come our way to address the state's multi-billion-dollar operating deficit. However, rather than not offering a merit in the fall, I have asked that we implement the following merit process to recognize our faculty and staff for their contributions.
1. Merit for staff and faculty will be distributed as a one-time, lump sum merit allocation. As such, unlike in prior years, there will be no increase in employees' base pay, rather, a one-time distribution in the December 1, 2010, paycheck.
2. The distribution will be an overall 2.3 percent pool of funds (approximately $3 million).
3. Because of proposed increases in employees' health benefits out-of-pocket costs, which would have the most impact on UTSA classified employees, the Strategic Resource Planning Council recommended, and I concur, that a higher percentage of the pool be allocated to the classified employees' pool to provide opportunities to partially offset planned out-of-pocket costs.
Consistent with previous years, individual merit allocation methodology based on performance will be the responsibility of the respective vice presidents.
In June, detailed instructions, including the merit policy and a time line for turning in information to the Budget Office, will be sent to vice presidents and department heads. The merit process itself will be consistent with that of prior years.
Thank you again for your continuing support and efforts to make UTSA a premier national research university.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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