(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.
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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
Biomedical engineering alum and professor is working to regenerate tissue
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.