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Ewing Halsell Foundation gives $287K for UTSA GE2MS teacher prep program

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(Sept. 30, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today a two-year, $287,050 grant from the San Antonio-based Ewing Halsell Foundation to support the Generating Educational Excellence in Mathematics and Science (GE2MS) program, which recruits and prepares science and math students to become effective educators.

A partnership of the UTSA College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development, GE2MS features an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows undergraduates to earn teaching credentials while earning math or science degrees. In partnership with San Antonio public school districts, the program gives students a chance to visit classrooms, attend seminars, and network with new and seasoned teachers as they prepare to enter the field.

Through the support of the Ewing Halsell Foundation, up to 50 GE2MS students will receive $3,000 scholarships through the spring 2012 semester to complete student teaching. The funding is critical for many who expect to lose financial aid while they student teach, because the responsibility prohibits them from taking additional courses and enrolling full-time to qualify for financial aid.

Additionally, the foundation's gift will fund:

  • Three education professionals, who will regularly observe and communicate with new and student teachers to ensure they are successful in the classroom
  • A two-day symposium including an iPod Touch for 25 new teachers and classroom technology training
  • 25 new teachers to attend a statewide math and science conference covering an array of topics to strengthen their teaching skills
  • 15 new teachers to take 18 graduate credit hours in a secondary math or science subject, making them eligible to teach dual subject positions, which will become critical in 2011 when San Antonio high schools begin to require seniors to take four years of math or science

"This funding will allow us to develop ourselves and focus on developing our skills in the classroom," said GE2MS student Adam Eannarino. "Many of us have families and kids. Instead of waiting tables or pumping gas in the evenings after our student teaching, this means we get to go home and be parents and spouses."

 

 

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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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