(Dec. 6, 2011) -- Bennie Keckler, assistant to the vice provost for academic and faculty support, died Sunday, Dec. 4, following a brief illness.
In her role in the vice provost's office, Keckler was instrumental in all aspects pertaining to faculty. Over her career at UTSA, she oversaw the promotion and tenure process, faculty workload reporting, and faculty grievances and policies. One of her achievements was the development of a comprehensive Faculty Recruitment Manual, which she was invited to present at a conference.
Keckler also helped organize faculty-related programs such as new-faculty orientation, Faculty Honors Convocation and the Service Appreciation Luncheon. Most recently, she was working with the newly formed Retired Faculty Association and was part of a committee that is making plans to combine the university's faculty and staff awards programs into a single ceremony.
"Bennie's service orientation, sense of humor and personable nature promoted an excellent working relationship with UTSA faculty and staff," said Vice Provost Jesse Zapata. "She brought many accolades to our office, and all of her coworkers will miss her very much."
Keckler joined the university in 1997 and was assigned to work for David Johnson, then the newly appointed vice provost. They worked together until 2009 when Johnson stepped down from administration to return to teaching and research.
"What I discovered about Bennie was she was very determined, focused and ready to take on new tasks to make things work. Bennie had an extraordinary ability to work with a large number of people on complicated and technical issues, and it made my life easier," said Johnson.
"The secret of being a great staff person is you have things running so smoothly, people don't even realize what all is involved. But really, it works great because of people like Bennie."
"On behalf of everyone at UTSA, many of whom relied on Bennie's knowledge and support, I offer our condolences to her family and friends," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Bennie has been an invaluable member of the Academic Affairs staff, and we certainly will feel her absence for a long time to come."
Memorial services will be noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at Mission Park North, 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jere and Bennie Keckler Endowment Fund at Wichita State University, 316-978-6843, or a charity of your choice.
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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