(Oct. 24, 2012) -- Last month, members of the 2012-2013 class of Leadership UTSA met to begin an intensive eight-month leadership course that will help them develop the skills they need to advance their careers.
Faculty selected to participate in the leadership development program for the 2012-2013 year include Janis Bush (Environmental Science), Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu (Architecture), Christopher Reddick (Public Policy), Viviana Rojas (Communication), Misty Sailors (Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching), Can Saygin (Mechanical Engineering), Johnelle Sparks (Demography) and Wan Yao (Health and Kinesiology).
Staff participants include Julie Gohlke (Purchasing and Distribution Services), Lisa Marie Gomez (College of Business International Student Services), Sabina Kapoor (Tomás Rivera Center), Joseph Kulhanek (P-20 Initiatives), Nikki Lee (University Center), Genevieve Lopez (Development), Mark Munguia (Campus Recreation), Kathryn Pearson (Facilities), Nina Sosa (Equal Opportunity Services), Mickey Stevenson (Research Integrity and Compliance), Jamie Trevino (Admissions) and Christopher Valles (Fiscal Services).
The program was developed in 2009 by John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Gage Paine, former vice president for student affairs, with the assistance of Julius Gribou, executive vice provost and senior international officer, Mansour El-Kikhia, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography, and Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center. It was inspired by a UT System leadership development program.
The yearlong program aims to help faculty and staff develop leadership skills and institutional perspectives that will position them to pursue leadership positions in academia. Participants are nominated for the program by their respective vice presidential areas.
During Leadership UTSA, participants reflect on leadership texts, gain a broader understanding of the qualities of successful leadership, reflect on their own leadership skills and learn more about each of UTSA's six vice presidential areas. Additionally, each participant is mentored by a UTSA administrator during the spring semester.
The program has proven to be valuable for participants. One was promoted to dean, a few have become department chairs and directors, and one was awarded an ACE fellowship.
"We are excited about starting our fourth year of Leadership UTSA with a great set of participants," said Frederick. "The program gives them a more intimate knowledge of how the university operates, as well as a big picture view of their unique role at UTSA. Additionally, past participants really have enjoyed the camaraderie of Leadership UTSA and having the opportunity to form connections with others across campus."
On April 13, the 2011-2012 Leadership UTSA cohort graduated. Four graduates from the cohort, Kim Kline (Communication), Rhonda Gonzales (History), Donna Edmondson (Research) and Maggie Floyd (Tomás Rivera Center) are serving now on the leadership team to help with the program's 2012-2013 planning.
"In many ways, my eight months in Leadership UTSA were a sort of awakening," Floyd recalls. "While participating in Leadership UTSA, I gained new knowledge, built confidence and gained a better understanding of each area of the university, which opened up an exciting array of new possibilities to be a better leader in the UTSA community."
The 2012-2013 Leadership UTSA cohort will meet monthly from September 2012 to April 2013. Topics on the agenda will include strategic planning, decision making, and change and resource management, among others. Also this year, graduates of the program will be invited to participate in Leadership UTSA Year Two, an optional brown-bag lunch series.
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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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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.
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