(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.
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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