(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."
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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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