(Sept. 26, 2011) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will celebrate the launch of the UTSA Retired Faculty Association with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the Main Campus. Current and retired UTSA faculty members are invited to attend.
The association was officially established this month through a memorandum of understanding with the university. Planned RFA projects include documenting the history of UTSA and recognizing faculty-sponsored student awards and scholarships, among others. In recent months, RFA members participated in campus events including the Faculty Honors Convocation and New Faculty Orientation.
Marian Martinello, professor emerita in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, is president of the RFA. Martinello, who joined UTSA in 1975 and was the university's first Piper Professor, retired in 2000.
"UTSA has been a very important part of my life," Martinello said, "and I think it's important for faculty to continue to relate to an institution that has contributed so much to our individual and collective development.
"I see the Retired Faculty Association as having unlimited capabilities. It's only limited by our imagination, and collectively we have a phenomenal imagination."
RFA board members also include Judith Walmsley, chemistry (secretary); Jim Broderick, art and art history (treasurer); Gillian Cook, education, (board member); and Derral Cheatwood, sociology (board member).
Other founding members include Dewey Davis (education), who was the first professor hired by the university in 1973, as well at Charles Field (art and art history), Raymond Padilla (educational leadership), Jacinto Quirarte (art and art history) and Berry Sutherland (education).
"Each of the founding members of the RFA has been quite active in retirement; many of them continue to research, publish and exhibit," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Frankly, they are a great resource for UTSA, and creating a retired faculty association is a way for us to help preserve the university's intellectual capital."
For more information, visit the UTSA Retired Faculty Association website.
The UTSAPD and UTSA Outdoor Pursuits will teach and assist students, staff and faculty in basic bike repair.
Recreation Wellness Center, Outdoor Resource Center, Main Campus
he celebration will feature live music, food and drinks, Fiesta medals and royalty, and plenty of cascarones! The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Shari Huhndorf, Department Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and specializing in Native American Literature and Culture will present her current work during two public lectures.
John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
A brand new official Fiesta event is sponsored by UTSA and San Antonio Parks Foundation. This live country music festival features artists all day and night, dance lessons, merchants, a mechanical bull, food and drinks.
UTSA Park West Athletics Complex
The winners of the vocal area of the Concerto and Aria Competition will perform accompanied by the UTSA Orchestra.
Arts Building Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy invites all UTSA students to come grab a slice of pizza and introduce themselves to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons, Downtown Campus
The town hall is an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the President's Initiative for the Downtown Campus, ask questions, and offer perspectives on potential challenges and benefits.
Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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