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UTSA hosts first public meetings of federal commission on child abuse

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(May 30, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy will host the first Texas public meetings of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory commission established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. The meetings are June 2-3 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The two-day meetings are intended to assist commission members in gathering detailed information and insight related to federal policy, and research associated with child abuse and neglect fatalities, particularly as these issues relate to Texas.

The CECANF is a two-year commission consisting of six presidential appointees and six congressional appointees. It was established to study and make recommendations on eliminating child abuse and neglect fatalities in the United States.

For more information about the meetings, email Jennifer Devlin or call 703-876-1714.


The schedule of expected speakers and presentations includes:

Monday, June 2

  • 1:00-1:10 p.m. -- Opening Remarks -- Dr. David Sanders, chairman, CECANF
  • 1:10-2:10 p.m. -- Presentation of National Data -- Dr. Rachel Berger, CECANF research associate
  • 2:40-4 p.m. -- Presentation of National Data -- Dr. Sam Gulino, chief medical examiner, City of Philadelphia
  • 4:15-5:15 p.m. -- Texas-Focused Presentation -- U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas); Judge John Specia, commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; Judge Peter Sakai, Bexar County Children's Court; Laurie Charles, R.N., Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, Texas Child Fatality Review Team; Dr. Kathleen Fletcher, Voices for Children; Lisa Pion-Berlin, Dakotah Pickle, Parents Anonymous; Marta Pelaez, Community Violence Prevention Services
  • 5:15-5:30 p.m. -- Commissioner Q&A

Tuesday, June 3

  • 8:30-8:40 a.m. -- Opening Remarks -- Dr. David Sanders, chairman, CECANF
  • 8:40-10:10 a.m. -- Presentation on Federal Policy and Funding -- Emilie Stoltzfus, social policy specialist, Congressional Research Service; Hope Cooper, CECANF policy staff
  • 10:10-11:10 a.m. -- Texas-Focused Presentation -- Dr. James Lukefahr, director, Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Center for Miracles; Dr. Chris Greeley, Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and chair, Texas Statewide Blue Ribbon Task Force; Dr. Rebecca Girardet, University of Texas Medical School, director, Division of Child Protection Pediatrics
  • 11:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- Texas-Focused Presentation -- Dr. David Lakey, commissioner, Texas Department of State Health; Judge F. Scott McCown, Children's Rights Clinic, University of Texas Law School; Judge Susan Reed, criminal district attorney of Bexar County; William McManus, chief, San Antonio Police Department; Clarissa Zamora, Childsafe; James Castro, St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home; Melissa Stoeltje, social services reporter, San Antonio Express-News
  • 12:30-12:50 p.m. -- Commissioner Q&A
  • 12:50-1 p.m. -- Closing Remarks -- Dr. David Sanders, chairman, CECANF



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

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. 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. 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 (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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