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Recap: UT System Board of Regents meeting, Aug. 22-23

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(Aug. 28, 2012) -- The University of Texas System Board of Regents met Aug. 22-23 in Austin and addressed a variety of agenda items related to the UT System's 15 academic and health institutions. The board took the following actions:

The Board of Regents recognized 65 faculty members for excellence in teaching including seven UTSA recipients: Aaron Cassill (Biology), David Han (Management Science and Statistics), Randall Manteufel (Mechanical Engineering), Elizabeth Pate (Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching), Can Saygin (Mechanical Engineering), Heather Shipley (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Daniel Tablada (Marketing). (Read more about the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards on UTSA Today.)

The Board of Regents invited UTSA to share an update on Cardiovate, a start-up company based on technology created by Jordan Kaufmann '12, a doctoral alumna of the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering with support from Mauli Agrawal, dean of the College of Engineering, and Steven Bailey, M.D., division chief for cardiology in the School of Medicine of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The team's technology, called a tissue-engineering scaffold for aneurysm repair, prevents aortic aneurysm leakage by creating a tissue barrier between blood and an aneurysm after it is implanted. The scaffold promotes healthy tissue formation to repave the aneurysm wall. Once the scaffold is in place, the aneurysm stops expanding and the risk of rupture decreases. After new tissue is in place, the scaffold degrades and is safely reabsorbed by the body. (Read more about Cardiovate on UTSA Today.)

Additional agenda items specific to UTSA included:

  • Approval of the UTSA budget for the next biennium. With the primary goal of strengthening and enhancing undergraduate and graduate educational experiences to increase graduation rates and other measures of student success and learning, the FY 2013 budget includes funding for a comprehensive strategy to improve the four-year and six-year graduation rates to the top quintile of our baseline peer comparison group by 2020. The Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP) also focuses on improving the persistence rate, enhancing the early college experience and helping students with the transition from high school to college;
  • Approval of a $4.2 million merit pool for UTSA benefits-eligible faculty and staff. The board's approval of the merit pool for the coming year will aid in retention of UTSA's outstanding faculty and staff. UTSA has been fortunate to be able to provide annual merit increases in recognition of the valued work provided by UTSA's faculty and staff;
  • Approval of the honorific naming of the UTSA Science Building as the Peter T. Flawn Building and appointment of Flawn as president emeritus. Flawn served as UTSA's second president from 1973 to 1977. During that time, UTSA opened the Main Campus, held its first commencement ceremony and achieved full accreditation for its graduate programs by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Approval of an extension of UTSA's dining services contract with Aramark through July 2020. Aramark will provide additional funding of more than $4.1 million over the next eight years to refresh and update existing dining venues on the Main and Downtown campuses;
  • Approval of an extended contract with the Alamodome to allow UTSA to play football in this venue through 2035. The agreement is expected to be approved by the San Antonio City Council in early September. The new agreement extension will reduce costs and brings new opportunities for revenue to UTSA Athletics, when compared to the agreement approved last year.

The UT System Board of Regents includes nine members, who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve six-year terms as well as a student regent, who serves a one-year term. The board convenes in February, May, July, August, November and December and holds specially called meetings as necessary.

 

 

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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.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

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.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 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.
H-E-B 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.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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