(Sept. 11, 2013) -- On Sept. 20, members of the 2013-2014 class of Leadership UTSA will meet to begin an intensive seven-month leadership course that will help them develop the skills they need to advance in their careers.
Faculty selected to participate in the leadership develop program for the 2013-2014 year will include Mari Cortez (Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching), Martha Lundell (Biology), Dan Pack (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Hazem Rashed-Ali (Architecture), Mariela Rodriguez (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), Heather Shipley (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rebekah Smith (Psychology) and John Warren (Information Systems and Cyber Security).
Staff participants will include Tammy Casas (Registrar), Norma Compean (Disbursements and Travel Services), Erika Cox (Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services), Clay Haverland (Business Auxiliary Services), Colin Howlett (Athletics), Kristina Leh (University Communications and Marketing), Michael Merada (Facilities), Jessenia Skelton (University Police), Lorrie Smith (Institutional Effectiveness), Tom Tunstall (Institute for Economic Development), Patricia Verdines (Library), Stacy Williams (Research).
Leadership UTSA was established in 2009 by UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Frederick and then Vice President for Student Affairs Gage Paine with the assistance of Julius Gribou (executive vice provost for international programs), Mansour El-Kikhia (Political Science and Geography), and Barbara Millis (Teaching and Learning Center). In 2011, Cie Gee (Registrar), a 2010-2011 alumnus of Leadership UTSA, joined as an ongoing facilitator of the program.
Leadership UTSA aims to help faculty and staff develop leadership skills and institutional perspectives that will position them to pursue leadership positions in academia. Participants are nominated for the program by their respective vice presidential areas.
During Leadership UTSA, participants will reflect on leadership texts, gain a broader understanding of the qualities of successful leaders, reflect on their own leadership skills and learn more about each of UTSA's six vice presidential areas. Additionally, each participant will be paired with a mentor from the UTSA administration for the duration of the program.
The 2013-2014 participants also will be mentored by four graduates from the 2012-2013 cohort: Sabina Kapoor (Tomas Rivera Center), Joseph Kulhanek (P-20 Initiatives), Misty Sailors (Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching) and Jamie Trevino (Admissions).
UTSA Assistant Director of Annual Giving Genevieve Lopez and UTSA Department of Public Administration Professor and Chair Christopher Reddick participated in Leadership UTSA last year.
"My first day of Leadership UTSA was my first day back from maternity leave. It was a time of immense personal and professional change," said Lopez. "When I started the program, I felt hesitant about change, and I thought I needed to be at a higher level to influence others. Now, I understand how to embrace change, and I understand that UTSA is made up of leaders at all levels. We all have an opportunity to make meaningful contributions that move UTSA forward."
"Leadership UTSA taught me that to be an effective leader, you must be a good listener. It also taught me that effective leaders must embrace change to create opportunities that advance the organization," added Reddick. "The program has also given me a much broader understanding of UTSA's organizational structure, and it's helped me grow my university network. Most importantly, it's reaffirmed my desire to serve as a UTSA leader."
The 2013-2014 Leadership UTSA cohort will meet monthly from September 2013 to April 2014. Various leadership styles will be explored through specific lenses such as strategic planning, relationships, decision making and communication.
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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