(Nov. 29, 2012) -- The San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce has named Martha Lundell, Raquel Marquez and Betty Merchant among the recipients of its Constellation of Stars Awards. The awards recognize women of the community who advocate for, connect and empower women through political or business influences, networking or teaching. The awards were presented Nov. 9 at the Constellation of Stars Gala.
Martha Lundell, associate professor of biology, has contributed to the development and expansion of UTSA's biology program and the academic preparedness of its students. In an effort to evolve the curriculum of Biosciences 1, Lundell incorporated mandatory weekly tutorial/recitation sessions for the 2,000-plus students who take the course every semester. Her role as a chair of the department's academic policy and curriculum committee has contributed to the growth of the undergraduate biology program and its entrance requirements. She assisted in the creation of the cell and molecular Ph.D. program and has been an asset in the recruitment of new faculty.
Raquel Marquez, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, is a distinguished author and is working on a documentary film. Her work focuses on social issues that affect women and their families. She has developed a curriculum which studies gender issues with an emphasis on Latinas in society. Recently, she participated in an Oxford University roundtable on women's leadership, and consequently helped create the UTSA Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy. The workshop series for female faculty and staff members focuses on the development of women's leadership and professional roles.
Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is an advocate for women's rights and social equality. Merchant helped establish the Consortium for Social Transformation -- an initiative for UTSA's academic programs in women's studies, African-American studies and Mexican-American studies -- and was involved in the transfer of the Women's Studies program to the COEHD. She is a strong supporter of the Women's Rape Crisis Center and other organizations designed to assist women and their families. Merchant is widely recognized for her authenticity and genuine dedication to social change and the advocacy of women.
"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of Martha Lundell, Raquel Marquez and Betty Merchant," said John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Each of them -- in their daily work at UTSA -- teach, promote and exemplify the values that are celebrated through this awards program. More important, they each serve as outstanding role models for their colleagues and our students."
The San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce was established in 1988 to promote the business, economic and leadership development of women.
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.
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