(May 1, 2012) -- After a national search, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) has selected UTSA alumna Rose González Pérez to serve as its 12th chief executive officer.
A former small-business owner in her hometown of Mathis, Texas, Pérez holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Certification in Nonprofit Management from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.
"Pérez has been a leader of the exceptional success this council has experienced in recent years," said Jackie L. Gorman, board chair for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. "I am confident she has the vision and skills to continue leading this organization through its unprecedented transformation."
Previously, Pérez served GSSWT in the interim CEO position following the departure of CEO Anna Maria Chávez, who accepted the role of CEO for the Girl Scouts national organization in August 2011. An advocate for cancer awareness and research, Pérez has received numerous awards for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Serving as only the 12th CEO in the regional council's 88-year history is the culmination of more than 20 years of leadership roles within the Girl Scout organization, making Pérez an expert in membership services, program delivery, fund development, community relations and administration.
Pérez joins the ranks of former council CEOs including Etta Ward (1948-1969), Kathy Cloninger (1987-1991) and Anna Maria Chávez (2009-2011), both of whom becoming CEO of the national organization following their tenure in San Antonio.
"I am so proud to be selected," said Pérez. "This organization has afforded me the opportunity to grow as an educator, professional, mentor, mother, advocate and leader. I look forward to leading the best team of volunteers and staff in the country to reach more girls than ever before and further the mission of Girl Scouts to build girls of courage, confidence and character."
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) serves nearly 30,000 youth and adult members in its 21-county area. Headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio, GSSWT has an annual budget of $5.5 million and employs 72 full-time and part-time staff. Facilities include the newly constructed leadership center, two camp properties in the Texas Hill Country and nine satellite centers in outlying areas. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.
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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