(Jan. 20, 2012) -- Lynda Y. de la Viña announced today that she is stepping down as dean of the UTSA College of Business effective May 31, 2012, to return to teaching.
"I am grateful to Dr. de la Viña for her leadership and many years of service to this university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Her vision and strategic planning over the past seven years have brought many well-deserved accolades to the College of Business and will continue to pave the way for great things to come, I am sure."
De la Viña will be taking leave for the remainder of the spring semester and the fall. Daniel Hollas, senior associate dean in the College of Business, has been named acting dean effective today.
"Dr. Hollas is a valued administrator and will smoothly lead the college through this period of transition," said John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I will work closely with the college to appoint an interim dean while we undertake a nationwide search for a new business dean."
De la Vina has led the college since September 2004, when she was named interim dean following the resignation of Bruce Bublitz. She was named dean in July 2005.
In spring 2013, de la Viña will join the faculty of the newly created Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management as the Peter Flawn Professor. She also will continue to serve as director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship.
"This decision allows me to transition and refocus my efforts in an area of passion for me -- entrepreneurship," said de la Viña. "It has been my honor and privilege to serve as dean of the UTSA College of Business. I deeply appreciate the support and assistance I have received from the university and the San Antonio business community in partnering with the College of Business in pursuing our mission and achieving our vision."
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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