(Dec. 1, 2010)--UTSA announced today a $300,000 gift from Tom and Pat Frost to support the Generating Educational Excellence in Mathematics and Science (GE2MS) teaching program, which recruits and prepares UTSA math and science majors to become effective high school educators. The gift brings the Frosts' overall commitment to more than $1 million in support of UTSA's GE2MS program.
In fall 2003, Tom and Pat Frost founded UTSA's GE2MS program, known on the UTSA campus for the previous six years as UTeach. The GE2MS program improves teacher education and preparation in San Antonio and the surrounding region. The couple's gifts to the program are made in honor of Tom Frost's great-grandfather, T.C. Frost, who came to Texas in 1855 as a teacher (an assistant professor at Austin College) and later founded Frost Bank in 1868.
"Tom and Pat Frost's support of UTSA has been vital to the growth of our teacher education programs," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "With the Frosts' continued leadership and commitment to education, UTSA has laid the foundation to offer exceptional training programs to the next generation of primary and secondary school teachers. We thank the Frosts for their continued and loyal support."
The Frosts' giving and vision has paved the way for GE2MS to receive additional funding. Since 2002, the program has received $582,280 from the National Science Foundation and nearly $100,000 in matching corporate funds from the AT&T Foundation. Earlier this year, it received $287,050 from the San Antonio-based Ewing Halsell Foundation.
"San Antonio, like many of the country's major metropolitan areas, has long faced a critical shortage of new math and science teachers to educate our youth," said Tom Frost of San Antonio-based Frost Bank. "In just eight years, UTSA's GE2MS program has become a model teacher-training program with an extremely high success rate in producing and placing math and science teachers. Pat and I are thrilled to support this important initiative."
Offered by the UTSA College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development, the GE2MS program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows undergraduates to earn their teaching credentials while simultaneously earning math or science degrees. The program places first-semester freshman in classrooms so they immediately can begin observing master teachers and interacting with students. It also gives participants the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars and to network with seasoned teachers in the region.
The success of GE2MS is attributed to open lines of communication with administrators and teachers in San Antonio's public schools. The partnership allows UTSA and the school districts to collaboratively address issues, resulting in better training for UTSA students and a lower-than-average rate of attrition once schools hire GE2MS graduates.
To date, there are 59 graduates of the program. Forty of those teach in high schools and 10 at elementary schools with those remaining pursuing various other interests. During the 2009-2010 academic year, 17 students did student teaching in area high schools. This year, an additional 28 are student teaching.
"Through the Frosts' generous support, the GE2MS program is creating a pipeline of highly skilled candidates to fill high school math and science vacancies," said Joseph Lazor, GE2MS program director. "Not only does the program change the lives of the UTSA students who decide to pursue teaching careers, it positively impacts the high school students who learn from those teachers as they prepare for their own college careers."
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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