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UTSA Prefreshman Engineering Program seeks instructors, mentors

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(April 2, 2014) -- For 35 years, the UTSA Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) has provided an academically intense, mathematics-related summer program that stresses the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills. The summer enrichment program is calling for instructors and program assistant mentors for the June 16-July 31 session.

>> Download the PREP application. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, April 7.

Teachers, college students, previous PREP participants and former PREP employees are encouraged to apply. PREP instructors and program assistant mentors are temporary, paid employees of UTSA, beginning with orientation on Jun. 9 through the end of the term.

The rigorous PREP curriculum stresses science, math, computer science and engineering and welcomes teachers and college students in related fields.  The core curriculum includes Logic and its Applications to Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering for first-year students; Algebraic Structures and Introduction to Physics for second-year students; Technical Writing and Introduction to Probability and Statistics for third-year students; and Introduction to Computer Science and Advanced Science and Engineering for fourth-year students. All PREP participants attend problem-solving classes and career awareness seminars.

Instructor duties are similar to everyday school operations and require teaching three to four one-hour classes daily, formulating lesson plans, preparing exams and determining grades. Applicants must be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday for the seven-week session. Additionally, there will be a required field trip scheduled on at least one Friday during the session.

College students majoring in science, mathematics, computer science, engineering or related fields, who maintain a 2.5 GPA or better, may apply for program assistant mentor positions. Preferably, college students will have completed calculus I and will have experience working with adolescents; those with an interest in pursuing an education career are highly encouraged to apply. They will attend classes and labs with the students, oversee student safety and behavior, supervise research and study periods, provide tutoring as necessary and in the role of a mentor, encourage the educational development of program participants.

Mail the completed application packet to:

San Antonio PREP
Attn: Instructor Committee or PA Committee (as applicable)
UTSA Downtown Campus
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207-4415

For more information, contact San Antonio PREP at 210-458-2060.



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Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

UTSA Grad Fest Fall 2015

Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Texas Water Symposium

The Texas Water Symposium will take a close look at the SAWS/Vista Ridge pipeline project. The program will feature a conversation about the regional, financial and ecological considerations of the 142-mile pipeline. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building (MB 0.106), Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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