(UPDATED Aug. 1, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the fourth annual Texas Higher Education Symposium August 2-3 at the UTSA Main Campus. This year's event, "Inclusion in Higher Education: Where We Are, Where We Need to Be," will feature presentations and discussions on a broad range of topics in higher education. (See agenda below.)
David Gardner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy commissioner of academic planning and policy, will provide the keynote speech at a luncheon on Friday, Aug. 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104). As deputy commissioner, Gardner oversees the divisions of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research, Planning and Accountability, and P-16 Initiatives. One of his primary roles includes coordination of the board's efforts toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, through academic excellence and research at Texas institutions of higher education.
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in university-school partnerships, higher education, professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
Symposium events are free and open to the public with the exception of Friday's lunch.
The symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Higher Education Administration Student Association (HEASA), College of Education and Human Development, and Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Symposium website or contact Professor Maricela Oliva at 210-458-5832.
Thursday, August 2, 2012:
5 p.m.: Symposium Registration, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
6 p.m.: HEASA Distinguished Lecture by Shaun R. Harper, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Main Building Auditorium (0.104)
7 p.m.: Reception, Main Building Auditorium Lobby
Friday, August 3, 2012:
8 a.m.: Symposium Registration/Meet and Greet/Continental Breakfast, University Center Ballroom Galleria
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Remarks, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Parent Family and Generational Influences, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
9 a.m.: Working Group on Latino/a Allied Health Professional Education Pipeline Issues: A Matter of Public Health, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
10 a.m.: Morning Break, University Center Galleria
10:15 a.m.: Working Groups
11:15 a.m.: Poster Session, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
Noon: Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, University Center Ballroom (1.106)
1:30 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on Community College Issues, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
1:30 p.m.: Extending Inclusion Programmatically, University Center Bexar Room (1.102)
2:45 p.m.: Scholarly Presentations on the Student Experience, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
4 p.m.: Working Groups Reports, Poster Award and Closing, University Center Ballroom (1.104)
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.