(Aug. 28, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will begin a new academic year with more than 60 new faculty members joining its ranks. One of the largest groups of new faculty to join UTSA in recent history, the new professors bring their talent from universities worldwide to contribute to UTSA's progress toward Tier One status.
"We are excited to welcome this impressive group of new faculty members," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Through teaching, research and community outreach, our faculty members play a major role in ensuring that excellence and innovation thrive at UTSA and in San Antonio. Attracting these scholars and researchers to UTSA helps build a Tier One experience for our students as they develop into leaders."
UTSA's new faculty members hail from universities such as the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, Clemson University and Harvard University. Additionally, a few faculty members have joined UTSA from international universities such as the University of Padua, Italy, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
"To be called to interview here, I thought I was dreaming. UTSA is growing and I wanted to be a part of that history," said Bekisizwe S. Ndimande, joining the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"I chose to come to UTSA because of the university's increasing research focus and because it has demonstrated its ability to meet the goals it has set for itself. UTSA is on its way toward Tier One and I want to be a part of that," said Matthew McCarter, who joined the UTSA College of Business from Chapman University, Calif.
With the addition of the new group this fall, UTSA has more than 1,400 faculty members. In addition to welcoming its new faculty, UTSA welcomes nearly 3,500 freshmen and more than 1,900 transfer students, for a total of more than 5,400 new students at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university 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.
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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