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(April 8, 2011)--UTSA has diligently built a rigorous, multi-layered emergency notification system including Reverse 911, Giant Voice, closed-circuit TV and the Campus Alerts website. They are facets of an intensive effort to ensure UTSA has multiple ways to inform students, faculty, staff and visitors of emergency situations. As another part of the comprehensive notification system, the UTSA Police Department recently launched Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Because the university is not relying on any one means to inform the UTSA community of a crisis, Facebook and Twitter are in keeping with the ongoing goal of finding new and innovative ways to alert the public. An informed community is a stronger community in a time of emergency.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools to reach out to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the general community, and to gain feedback. The UTSA Police Department will use the sties to increase safety awareness and connectivity to the community, to share news and to disseminate vital information in case of an emergency.

UTSA community members are encouraged to "like" the Facebook page. By liking the UTSAPD page, updates will appear on a fan's own page -- a fast and convenient way to receive important updates.

As the number of fans grows, so does the power of the medium. Go to the UTSAPD page by going to your personal Facebook account and entering "UTSA Police Department" in the search field at the top of the page. Then, like the UTSAPD page. The site will evolve as part of safety awareness and preparedness at UTSA.

Additionally, fans are encouraged to follow UTSAPD on Twitter at "UTSA_Police." You can sign up to receive Twitter messages via text or email.

 

 

Events

Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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