(Sept. 4, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has selected Joseph Izbrand '81 , a senior strategist with more than 30 years of experience in communications and journalism, to serve as its chief communications officer. Izbrand, a 1981 graduate of UTSA, also will serve as the university's spokesman. He joins UTSA on Sept. 4.
"Joe Izbrand is passionate about seeing his alma mater become a Tier One research institution," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "He is well respected by his peers, and he has demonstrated time and again his ability to develop and implement highly effective communications plans that support an organization's overarching goals. He is an exceptional fit for UTSA, and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard."
For the last two years, Izbrand served as the global corporate communications director of Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI), where he developed and executed communication strategies supporting external corporation reputation initiatives. He also developed employee culture communications programs to engage KCI's 8,000 global employees in its business strategy. Additionally, he oversaw communications for major corporate activities including acquisitions and the launch of the company's international shared services center.
Before joining KCI, Izbrand was a senior vice president in the San Antonio office of Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, one of the world's largest strategic communications consulting firms. During his 10 years at the agency, he served as a senior strategist for AT&T's executive leadership in executive positioning, issues management, public relations, media relations and public affairs. He also created measurable integrated marketing public relations programs and grassroots initiatives to boost customer sales of new AT&T products.
Izbrand began his career in 1981 as a news reporter at KTRH NewsRadio in Houston, Texas. He was promoted to managing editor and then news director in 1989, managing a team of 35 reporters, editors and news anchors. During his tenure as news director, KTRH earned six Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in broadcast journalism.
"As a UTSA alumnus, I can think of nothing quite as exciting as the opportunity to bring my business experience to the institution that helped prepare me for my career success," said Izbrand. "UTSA has a compelling story to tell, and I look forward to further raising awareness of the university's march toward Tier One status."
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.
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