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UTSA's Rogelio Saenz receives American Sociological Association award

Rogelio Saenz

Rogelio Saenz

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(Aug. 20, 2013) -- Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, recently was chosen as the recipient of the American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section Founders Award. Saenz received the award at the joint reception of the Latina/o Sociology, Race and Ethnic Minorities and Asia and Asian Americans sections at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in New York City last week.

The ASA Latina/o Sociology Section presented the award to Saenz in recognition of outstanding contributions over his career to the ASA through service, mentoring and research activities.

"Dean Saenz has demonstrated to have given time and energy to strengthen the visibility and status of the section and mentored numerous students," said Ed Munoz, chair of the ASA Latina/o Sociology Section. "Furthermore, Dean Saenz is a recognized leader in the section and the association. He has an impressive record of research that has made an impact in the overall field of sociology."

Saenz grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Mercedes, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in social work and sociology from Pan American University (now UT-Pan American). He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Iowa State University.

Before coming to UTSA, Saenz was a professor and department head in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He was a Carsey Policy Fellow at the University of New Hampshire Carsey Institute. Saenz is chair of the executive council of the Inter-University Consortium for the Study of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan.

He joined UTSA in 2011 as the dean of the College of Public Policy. Saenz has published extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnicity, immigration and inequality. He is the co-author of "Latino Issues: A Reference Handbook," published in 2011, and co-editor of "Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of America," published in 2008.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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.
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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.
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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.

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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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