(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."
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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