(Feb. 23, 2011)--On Monday, Feb. 21 at the Marriott New Orleans, District Four of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education honored UTSA President Ricardo Romo with its distinguished E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award for his guidance in transforming UTSA from a regional campus to an emerging Tier One research university.
The service award, better known by CASE District IV members as the "CEO of the Year" award, is one of the highest honors given annually to a university president, chancellor or other institutional CEO for successfully promoting education and institutional advancement. CASE District IV includes members in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mexico.
"President Romo is extremely deserving of CASE's CEO of the Year award," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "He is a native Texan who has dedicated his life to accessibility in higher education, and under his leadership, UTSA has grown to become an aspiring Tier One research institution with the full support of the community. CASE couldn't have picked a better leader to honor this year."
Romo became UTSA's fifth president in May 1999. Since that time, he has guided UTSA through significant institutional growth by strategically focusing on scholarship, educational access, enriched experiences and service to the community. In the last decade, UTSA's enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent to more than 30,000 students, and the university has added numerous programs and facilities to enhance student life.
With Romo at the helm, UTSA has nearly tripled the number of advisers on its campuses and has become a recognized leader in "Closing the Gaps," an initiative of the Texas Legislature which seeks to increase the number of Texans enrolled in higher education institutions.
A nationally recognized and respected urban historian, Romo earned his doctorate in history from UCLA, his master's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University and his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio," currently in its ninth edition and available in both English and Spanish.
While at UTSA, Romo has served on a variety of national and international boards and commissions related to education including the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the Commission for College Ready Texas. Additionally, he serves on more than 20 local boards and is particularly involved with San Antonio museums and United Way.
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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