(May 25, 2012) -- The UTSA Division of Student Affairs recently was selected as the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Excellence Award Gold Honoree for development of the E.P.I.C. Journey program. Student Affairs staff members presented the program developed by a collaborative effort of Student Life offices led by the Student Conduct and Community Standards group. The presentation was at a pre-conference and concurrent session and poster presentation at the 2012 NASPA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
"The E.P.I.C. Journey philosophy was developed to address behavioral and scholastic dishonesty cases at UTSA," said Jan McKinney, UTSA assistant director of student conduct and community standards. "As staff reviewed the cases, many had root causes in the underdevelopment of four distinct skill sets: engagement with the university, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership."
The E.P.I.C. model provides UTSA the tools to evaluate students' underdeveloped areas as a means to transform decision-making patterns. This process allows administrators to meet students where they are in their development and enhances due process through incorporating student perspectives. E.P.I.C. addresses the underlying factors contributing to student choices that diverge from the university's standards. Since its implementation in 2007, the E.P.I.C. Journey Sanctioning Model has changed the way discipline is handled at UTSA by managing risk, due process and student development, while keeping policies standard.
The mission of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is to create an environment that strives to ensure a fair and objective process that upholds the high behavioral and academic standards articulated in the UTSA Student Code of Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards encourages students to actively participate in the full university experience including the intentional transformation of their decision-making patterns through engagement, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership.
NASPA Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of student affairs practitioners who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration. Programs selected for recognition receive one of three award designations: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The three levels of recognition are awarded in each of the ten Excellence Award categories.
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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