(Feb. 17, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a $5 million, five-year commitment from H-E-B to establish a fund that supports the recruitment of world-class faculty to UTSA as it advances to Tier One status.
The H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund matches other private gifts dollar for dollar, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across the university's nine colleges.
The H-E-B pledge is the largest private matching gift in the university's history.
The endowment will significantly contribute to UTSA's progress toward designation as a premier research institution by enabling the university to attract and recruit leading scholars and researchers through financial support for their research, teaching and other education activities. UTSA's research efforts are focused on areas that meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.
Currently, UTSA has 48 endowed faculty positions representing approximately 7 percent of the total tenured and tenure-track faculty positions across the university. UTSA's goal is to increase this number to 10 percent by 2016. Longer term, the university expects to have 20 percent of positions endowed.
"H-E-B's gift will have a transformational impact on UTSA and San Antonio by helping to bring world-class faculty to our community to conduct research, create new businesses that grow our economy, and inspire a new generation of leaders," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Already, we have recruited top faculty from institutions such as MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. We are grateful to H-E-B for its generosity in helping us continue this important work."
"H-E-B is deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs and diversity. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."
Previously, H-E-B has provided gifts of nearly $2 million to UTSA, supporting UTSA Graduate School H-E-B fellowships and scholarships for the Center for Student Professional Development.
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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