(Oct. 29, 2010)--As deans of the UTSA liberal and fine arts and sciences colleges, Dan Gelo and George Perry command respect from hundreds of faculty members, staff and students. But, their leadership extends beyond academics -- Gelo and Perry guide their colleges in giving to the UTSA State Employee Charitable Campaign.
Gelo finds satisfaction in donating more than money. For the last eight years, he has found time in his schedule to volunteer for the SECC Presidential Advisory Committee. Not only can he contribute to the campaign in a unique way, but also he gets to work with people he normally wouldn't.
He encourages faculty in COLFA to give because he believes UTSA needs to show that it is a leader in helping others in the community. "We are often the beneficiaries of charitable giving as we pursue our educational mission," Gelo said. "The SECC makes it convenient to give to those efforts that matter most to each one of us."
Because their son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was four years old, he and his wife give to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and find it encouraging to know that progress is being made on treatments and a cure.
Like Gelo, Perry believes it is important for faculty to participate in giving through the SECC. "Faculty giving increases the link and reflects UTSA's commitment to the San Antonio community," he said. In the months leading up to the campaign and during the campaign, Perry uses his regular dean's executive council meetings to encourage participation among COS faculty.
In order to make a larger impact, Perry gives toward the cause that he also researches, Alzheimer's disease. By donating through the SECC and sitting on their scientific advisory council, he hopes the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation will make strides in preventing and combating the devastating disease.
When it comes to giving out of their hearts and participating in the SECC, both Gelo and Perry have learned that the best way to lead is by example.
>> It's not too late to donate! Visit the UTSA State Employee Charitable Campaign website now.
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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