(April 21, 2011)--Kolleen Guy, associate professor of history in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, is the recipient of the inaugural Ricardo Romo Ph.D. Endowed Professorship at UTSA. Established in 2009, the endowed professorship honors Romo's 10th anniversary as president of UTSA, now one of seven emerging research universities in Texas.
"This award celebrates the leadership of Dr. Romo," said UTSA alumnus Robert Rivard '96, editor of the San Antonio Express-News and an instrumental partner in establishing the professorship. "It also will help a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, research and service to undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College," he added.
The Honors College began in 2002 at the request of Romo to provide a rich educational experience for academically talented students. The Honors College is open to undergraduates from all academic disciplines and now includes more than 800 students.
"It is fitting that Kolleen Guy has been selected as the first recipient of the Ricardo Romo Ph.D. Endowed Professorship," said Romo. "Dr. Guy's work exemplifies the outstanding scholarship taking place at UTSA. I congratulate her on a job well done."
Guy, who has been teaching honors courses in European history and world civilization for more than 15 years, focuses her research on material culture in modern Europe and France with an emphasis on production, distribution and consumption.
"I am very honored to be appointed to this professorship and I plan to demonstrate during my three-year appointment the values that we see so clearly in Dr. Romo's career trajectory: excellence in teaching, outstanding scholarship and civic commitment," said Guy, who is the author of 13 books and numerous journal articles.
In addition to her literary work and research, Guy currently serves as a consultant with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, "CBS Sunday Morning" and the Food Network, and she is a frequent contributor to documentaries on the National Geographic channel. Her list of honors over the years include the 2010 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.
Guy received her bachelor's degrees in history and English from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., a master's degree in history from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill., and a doctoral degree in history from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
Donors to the endowed professorship include Patricia and Bob Ayres, Dolph Briscoe, Louise and Michael Burke, H-E-B, Karen and Tim Hixon, The McCombs Family Foundation, The John and Florence Newman Foundation, San Antonio Express-News, David and Jennifer Spencer, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Tobin Endowment, Valero Energy Foundation, and Mollie and Bartell Zachry.
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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