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(Oct. 14, 2010)--Guided by the theme, "Resourceful, Independent, Sustainable," two of UTSA's newest applied research and outreach programs will have a collaborative kickoff celebration from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The UTSA community, small business and city officials, and the public are invited; a reception will follow.

>> To help encourage student involvement in the initiatives, 50 seats at the kickoff event will be reserved for students; to reserve a seat, e-mail texasenergy@utsa.edu.

The combined expertise of the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and the Institute for Economic Development will be aimed toward both small businesses and UTSA students in an effort to connect those currently driving the San Antonio business community and future citizen leaders.

UTSA's growing sustainability efforts will be introduced by Dennis Haynes, interim dean of the College of Public Policy and co-chair of the UTSA Sustainability Council, followed by a keynote address by sustainability expert and author Lucia Athens. A San Antonio native, Athens is the City of Austin's newly appointed chief sustainability officer.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute will promote applied energy research and innovation. "One of the institute's key educational goals is to create citizen leaders that have a sense of responsibility and knowledge of sustainable practices," said director Les Shephard. He will speak on his vision for the institute and the importance of mentoring UTSA students.

The Sustainable Business Program is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help small businesses understand and adopt sustainable business practices to benefit both the bottom line and the environment.

Roy Pachecano, program lead for the Sustainable Business Program, will talk briefly about the "triple bottom line" in sustainable business and outline a series of new training programs and technical assistance services for small businesses. Pachecano is a recognized expert in green construction. He lectures at Columbia University and Pratt Institute and is a contributor to BUILDERNews magazine.

For more information on the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, contact Christine Olejniczak at 210-458-7979. For more information on the Sustainable Business Program in the Institute for Economic Development, contact Clara Chavez at 210-458-2458.

>> View a map of the UTSA Downtown Campus.

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About UTSA Institute for Economic Development

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses, and fostering economic and community development. Services include professional business consultation, technical training, research and strategic planning for more than 32,000 small-to-medium businesses and organizations annually. Programs primarily serve the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international initiatives. Working in collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, and business-sector partners and clients, the IED is a principal driver of UTSA's community engagement mission.

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

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University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

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Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

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African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

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H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

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Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

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