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(June 20, 2012) -- With support from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and under the guidance of Provost and Interim Vice President for Research John Frederick, the Office of the Vice President for Research has begun to implement the initial steps of the April 2012 Research Enhancement Plan.

The most prominent piece of the plan is an organizational realignment that will help UTSA provide enhanced services and support for researchers on campus. As part of the realignment, several Research Service Centers (RSCs) will be created and distributed around campus by discipline to provide researchers with seamless grant processing assistance.

The RSCs will be staffed with knowledgeable personnel who will assist researchers with the administrative aspects of sponsored projects administration including grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation and submission, grant award processing and management, and grant close-out procedures.

Because each RSC will need to be staffed with various personnel including directors, coordinators and research award administrators, UTSA will create several new positions. All new positions will be posted in STARS as they become available and most are expected to be filled by Sept. 1, 2012.

As a result of the realignment, several staff positions will be eliminated effective Aug. 31, 2012. The affected positions include staff positions within the VPR division and departmental research administrator (DRA) positions funded by the VPR division. All affected employees have been notified, and many of them will continue to work in their current positions through Aug. 31, 2012, to assist with the transition as the RSCs are created and become functional. UTSA has encouraged those staff members whose positions are being eliminated to bid for the new positions.

"I am grateful to the many faculty and staff who contributed the ideas that comprise the Research Enhancement Plan, and I am encouraged by the spirit of the VPR staff who have embraced the changes we are implementing," said Frederick.

 

 

Events

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building
Flawn Science Building, Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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