(April 26, 2011)--The San Antonio chapter of Executive Women International recently recognized UTSA President Ricardo Romo with its Executive Excellence Award at a luncheon gala. Bobbi Lutz, a senior administrator with Graves Interests Ltd., presented Romo with the award in honor of his leadership as president of UTSA.
"Dr. Romo is responsible for opening the door to education for so many students in San Antonio and Texas, and thereby changing their lives for the better," said Lutz. "He is an outstanding example of a CEO of a large organization, but he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work necessary to improve our community for everyone who lives here."
In accepting the award, Romo thanked the membership of EWI for the organization's efforts to raise money for scholarships.
"It is an honor to be recognized by the members of EWI and to be a part of this event to raise money for scholarships," Romo said. "Like UTSA, EWI is about empowering individuals to be successful while at the same time helping others who may not have access to the same opportunities."
Romo also acknowledged other nominees for the award. "It is very humbling to be among this group of individuals, each of whom deserve this award," he added.
Other nominees included Charlie Amato, CEO of Southwest Business Corporation; Ken Batchelor, CEO of Ken Batchelor Cadillac; Robert Egger, CEO of Security Service Federal Credit Union; Ken Trevett, CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute; and Gene Powell, CEO of Bitterblue Inc. Powell also serves as chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
An international organization whose members include key professionals from leading corporations, EWI's local membership represents more than 60 San Antonio businesses and public organizations. Founded in 1958, the San Antonio chapter funds both traditional college scholarships and non-traditional for men and women who choose to go back to school to continue their education, achieve self-esteem, and improve their personal life, employment, family and community.
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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