(July 6, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy (COPP) and the San Antonio Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) have partnered to create the inaugural Professional Development Institute (PDI). The purpose of the Institute is to equip San Antonio’s emerging leaders with the skills required to effectively meet the demands of executive positions in the public sector.
The partnership is instrumental in enhancing and strengthening community engagement and civic participation, an integral part of the mission of the College of Public Policy.
“The collaboration with NFBPA supports one of our College’s major goals related to diversity and fostering civic engagement among African Americans and Latinos,” said Rogelio Saenz, dean of COPP.
A commencement ceremony for the students enrolled in the inaugural session was held in June, with San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley as the keynote speaker. UTSA students Layla McKinnon and Saressa Thorson were among the institute’s first graduates. Several others were UTSA alumni. The remaining participants included employees of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy.
The inaugural Institute was taught by District Two Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who also serves as a non-tenure track full-time faculty member in the Department of Public Administration. Participants were instructed in topics such as community leadership, 21st century trends, ethics, transparency, and accountability for public administrators. Guest speakers included State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.
NFBPA San Antonio Chapter President David McCary said, “We are excited. This is a defining moment for the San Antonio Chapter, and we look forward to developing future leaders through our Professional Development Institute. NFBPA San Antonio is dedicated to ensuring all PDI graduates master their craft in public service.”
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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