(Sept. 30, 2013) -- UTSA's momentum toward Tier One is rising every day, and a new project will help the university focus on a critical component of its mission: service and commitment to the community. As part of community engagement and the university's aspirations to top-tier research status, UTSA will apply for the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification.
Scholarship that is engaged with the community is not a new concept to UTSA. What is new is the university's opportunity to be recognized not only within the university, but throughout the country.
Over the next eight months, a committee chaired by Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development, will gather stories from across the campuses about UTSA's community impact, which will be submitted for the Carnegie application and internal recognition and assessment policies.
"The great news is that we are already an incredibly well-engaged university, and this is our opportunity to tell the wonderful stories of partnerships between our students, faculty, staff and community," said Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, who is overseeing the Carnegie project. "The goal of expanding community engaged scholarship enriches student learning, connects with them beyond the classroom, and prepares them to succeed in their degree plans and chosen careers.
"Top-tier universities and top-tier communities go hand-in-hand around the world," said McKinley. "We must continuously seek ways for UTSA to grow and prosper along with our primary base of support in San Antonio. I am confident that each department has myriad examples of community impact. I thank you all in advance for you contributions to this effort."
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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