(July 8, 2010)--Cultivating leaders from within the university is the aim of a new program, Leadership UTSA, which recently announced its cohort of participants for the upcoming academic year. The program was developed in 2009 by John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Gage Paine, vice president for student affairs.
"As administrators, we talk about how everyone at UTSA can play a role in our drive to become a premier research university," said Frederick. "The idea for Leadership UTSA originated with some of our faculty members, and we thought it was a great opportunity to engage more of our faculty and staff members in the university's vision."
In 2008, Ann Eisenberg, associate dean of the Honors College; Marcheta Evans, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Development; and Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Biology; represented UTSA as participants in the UT System's leadership development program. They returned to San Antonio convinced that UTSA needed a similar program. So Leadership UTSA was created as an opportunity for faculty and staff to develop leadership skills and institutional perspectives.
"Being a leader transcends job title or position, and I believe that it benefits the university to nurture leaders at every level," said Paine. "At the same time, as a leader I also am a learner, and Leadership UTSA gave me and Dr. Frederick a chance to learn from our staff members."
Eight faculty and eight Student Affairs staff members participated in the pilot program in 2009–2010. They attended monthly full-day sessions during the academic year, with session topics ranging from strategic planning to understanding budgets. During the spring semester, each participant shadowed a UTSA administrator in order to observe real-world leadership and discuss issues more fully. In addition, each vice presidential area presented on the responsibilities under their purview to give participants a broader understanding of university programs and services.
"If you're at a departmental level as a faculty member or at a unit level as a staff member, you have responsibilities for a relatively finite part of the institutional function," said Leadership UTSA participant Maricela Oliva, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. "You think you understand how it connects to the rest of what happens, but it's good to actually engage others who are performing those other functions."
Her department colleague Professor Alan Shoho added that Leadership UTSA also allowed him to develop strong relationships with his administrative mentor and with faculty from other colleges, which he believes is especially important for a growing university.
"I came to UTSA 16 years ago because I wanted to be part of building something," he said. "Some of my new faculty colleagues here are a little impatient and think we can get from point A to point B overnight. Organizational change doesn't happen overnight, so if I'm a part of that foundation that we're building for the future, that's fine with me."
Because of positive response, Leadership UTSA was expanded to 20 participants for 2010-2011. Faculty selected for the coming year include Carola Wenk, Cory Hallam, John Warren, Judy Teale, Paul Schutz, Roger Enriquez, Stewart Miller and Thelma Duffey. Staff participants will be Beth Manning, Dominique Halaby, Ginnifer Cié Gee, Herb Ganey, Jane Wilcox, Kim Canady, Laura Munroe, Leticia Duncan, Lisa Alonzo, Marisol Scheer, Marlon Anderson and Veronica Ramirez.
"It was a great experience," said Lowa Mwilambwe, director of the University Center and 2009–2010 participant. "I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about leadership theory, more about UTSA, or just to grow professionally and establish ties across the 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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