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Thirty-three UTSA faculty-staff receive honors at University Excellence Awards

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(April 10, 2012) -- A crowd of more than 400 UTSA faculty and staff members and students attended the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony April 10 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.

This year's ceremony began the new tradition of combining the staff University Excellence Awards and the Faculty Honors Convocation ceremonies. Additionally, the President's Distinguished Diversity Award made its debut in this year's honors.

The awards listed below were presented and 2011 service milestones and retirees were recognized.

>> Download the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony program including the lists of service awardees, retirees and award winners.

The program was opened by Gage E. Paine, vice president for student affairs, followed by retiree and service recognition by Kerry Kennedy, vice president for business affairs.

John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards to faculty members and President Ricardo Romo presented the staff University Excellence Awards, the President's Distinguished Diversity Awards and the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award.

The University Excellence Awards Planning Committee includes Debbie Jamison, Rebecca Luther, Ileana Aleman, Tim Brownlee, Maria Espericueta, David Diaz, Lisa Firmin, Sonia Martinez, Gina Mendez, Edda Petiton, Dawn Roberts, Sharmane Walker and Claudia White.


2012 University Excellence Awards winners

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Marian Aitches
  • David Han
  • Catherine Nolan-Ferrell

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Core Curriculum Teaching

  • Joel Christensen
  • Kimberly Massaro

The Rising Star Award

  • Christian Corrales

The Team Spirit Award

  • Teaching Assistant Orientation Team: -- (Teaching and Learning Center) Patricia Verdines, Heather Williams, Gregory Longoria and Kimberly McMahon and (Human Resources) Anne Jett, Francisco Erazo and Henry Barrera

President's Distinguished Diversity Awards

  • Joycelyn Moody
  • Academy for Teacher Excellence team: Belinda Bustos Flores, Ellen Riojas Clark, Betty Travis, Lorena Claeys, Maria Kaylor, Mary Riedel, Norma Guerra and Lucretia Fraga
  • Charles Miles

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service

  • Carola Wenk

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service

  • Eugene Dowdy

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement

  • Banglin Chen
  • Jill Hernandez

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement

  • Jeanne Reesman

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization

  • Mohammad Jamshidi

The Extra Mile Award

  • Rebecca Gomez

The Leadership Award

  • Jessenia Skelton

Order of the Roadrunner Award

  • Kelly Kam-Watson

Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award

  • Kevin Price



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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