(March 23, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted its first members and signed charter documents at an installation ceremony March 6 in the University Center Ballroom. UTSA became the 317th chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
Phi Kappa Phi regional representative David Silva presided over the charter signing and installation. Silva is vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington.
UTSA was approved to establish a chapter in September 2011. Each year, approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the society. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The UTSA chapter's first initiates included some three dozen faculty and staff, as well as several graduating seniors, who were selected so they would be eligible to apply for Phi Kappa Phi's graduate fellowships. Students initiated at the March 6 ceremony were Elissa Dougherty (psychology), James R. Mayberry (biology) and Arrica Rose Ramos (criminal justice). The chapter will hold its first large-scale initiation ceremony for eligible students on May 3.
Faculty, administrative and staff initiates included President Ricardo Romo and Provost John Frederick, as well as C. Mauli Agrawal, James Chambers, Richard A. Diem, Bridget Drinka, Ann R. Eisenberg, Christopher G. Ellison, Lisa Firmin, Dorothy Flannagan, Marjie French, Daniel J. Gelo, Francis M. Hult, Amy E. Jasperson, Charlin R. Jones, Craig T. Jordan, Rebecca Luther, Krisellen Maloney, Betty M. Merchant, Lisa J. Montoya, John D. Murphy Jr., Taeg K. Nishimoto, Augustine S. Osman, George Perry, Rogelio Saenz, Mehdi Shadaram, Barbara G. Smith, Page A. Smith, Judy M. Teale, Andrew Tsin, Jude Valdez, Sandra T. Welch, Lawrence R. Williams, Terry L. Wilson, Floyd L. Wormley Jr. and Tammy J. Wyatt.
UTSA registrar Joe DeCristoforo was installed as founding president of the UTSA chapter. DeCristoforo was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in 1974 as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida.
"It is a tremendous honor to serve in this position alongside the other distinguished officers within our chapter," said DeCristoforo. "I am also very grateful to our administration for their enthusiastic support throughout this process."
Other chapter officers are Floyd L. Wormley Jr., president elect; John Frederick, past president; Janakiram Seshu, secretary; Gail C. Pizzola, treasurer; Alan R. Shoho, vice president for alumni relations; Charlin R. Jones, vice president for initiations and traditions; Rebecca Luther, vice president for public relations; Eugene B. John, vice president for scholarships and awards; and Carlos Natividad-Licon, student vice president.
Additional charter members (based on prior membership in Phi Kappa Phi or other national honor societies) include Bernard P. Arulanandam, James Chambers, Alice J. DeCristoforo, Bridget Drinka, Christopher G. Ellison, Marcheta P. Evans, Peter L. Geenberg, Julius M. Gribou, Weldon W. Hammond, Daniel R. Hollas, Francis M. Hult, Amy E. Jasperson, Gage E. Paine, George Perry, Kevin S. Price, Francine S. Romero, Shannon J. Sauro, Corey S. Sparks, Andrew Tsin, Frank Walmsley, Judith A. Walmsley and Wayne E. Wright.
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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