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John Folks to join UTSA College of Education and Human Development this fall

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(May 30, 2012) -- John M. Folks, retiring superintendent of the Northside Independent School District (NISD), will join the faculty of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) this fall semester.

Folks, who was named 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards, will be a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He will teach in the department's graduate academic and professional educational leadership programs. He also will serve in both the UTSA Superintendent Certification Program and the Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development.

"Dr. Folks' distinguished career as a mathematics teacher, superintendent, Oklahoma State superintendent of public instruction, and School of Education dean at Southwestern Oklahoma State University will instantly elevate the already strong leadership programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and add to the leadership preparation experiences of students going through our programs," said Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "I am extraordinarily delighted that Dr. Folks has chosen UTSA to continue his career in education and to further advocate for a strong system of public education in Texas."

"I have followed Dr. Folks' career over the last 15 years and have been extremely impressed by his record," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "I am very pleased that he will be joining us, and I know that he will make a significant contribution to the next generation of educational leaders."

Folks, who began his teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Before his work as NISD superintendent, he was superintendent in the Spring ISD in Houston. He served as president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and is a member of the Greater Bexar County P-16 Council.

"I am very honored and proud to have the opportunity to teach graduate-level classes at UTSA," Folks said. "UTSA is a great partner of Northside ISD, and many teachers and administrators receive their preparation in the educational programs at UTSA. I am certainly happy about being involved in the preparation of school administrators and staying involved in education."



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
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Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

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H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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