(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 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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