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UTSA's Francine Romero appointed S.A. District 8 zoning commissioner

Francine Romero

Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy

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(Aug. 14, 2013) -- Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, recently was appointed to a two-year term as District 8 zoning commissioner by the San Antonio City Council, upon nomination by Councilman Ron Nirenberg. Romero's two-year stint on the City of San Antonio Zoning Commission begins this month.

As zoning commissioner, Romero will help conduct public hearings related to zoning change requests, assist in crafting recommendations for appropriate boundaries of zoning districts, and advocate to the Zoning Commission and City Council on behalf of District 8. The UTSA Main Campus is in District 8; the UTSA Downtown Campus is located in District 5.

"My new role puts me in a position to help guide positive development in the UTSA environs as the university grows to top-tier status," said Romero. "I hope to be able to do some good for the entirety of District 8 as I oversee the cases brought before me and my colleagues on the commission during my tenure. Additionally, this appointment puts me in a great position to link my research and the courses I teach with an immediately practical application."

Romero currently serves as chair of the City of San Antonio Conservation Advisory Board. She previously served on the City of San Antonio Planning Committee from 2004 to 2008.

She joined the UTSA faculty in 1998. As a well-known scholar of political science, Romero teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses on land use and planning law, land use policy, administrative law, and public administration and public policy.

Romero has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in respected political science journals. She is also the author of two non-fiction books: "Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt through Coolidge, 1901-1929: Debating the Issues in Pro and Con Primary Documents" and "Civil Rights Policymaking in the United States: An Institutional Perspective," both published in 2002.

Romero received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from California State University, San Bernardino. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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