(May 1, 2014) -- Every five years, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selects colleges and universities to be classified as "institutions of community engagement." UTSA submitted the comprehensive application package in April and now seeks to be among the institutions recognized in January 2015. In order to retain their classification status, institutions must reapply every 10 years.
The elective classification is based on voluntary participation and, according to the Carnegie Foundation, "provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification."
A UTSA task force led by Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development, oversaw the process.
"The application for the Carnegie community engagement classification truly is a joint effort of all UTSA colleges and departments," said McKinley. "We were required to submit an extensive data collection and documentation of mission statements, budget specifics, infrastructure and strategic planning. Analyzing our own efforts showed us how widespread community engagement at UTSA is, while we also identified opportunities to do even more."
Jude Valdez, vice president for community services, added, "The Carnegie classification will reaffirm UTSA's substantial commitment to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community, complementing our ongoing endeavors as a top-tier university."
For more information on community engagement at UTSA, visit the UTSA Community Services website.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), 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.
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