(April 12, 2016) -- UTSA faculty and staff members are invited to the 2016 University Excellence Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 14 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104) on the Main Campus. Additionally, the ceremony will be simulcast to the Meeting/Assembly Room (BV 1.338) in the Buena Vista Building at the Downtown Campus.
The ceremony will include a presentation of the University Excellence Awards, President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, President’s Distinguished Diversity Awards, Quantitative Literacy Program Faculty Excellence Award and Richard S. Howe Excellence Awards. In addition, 2015 service milestones and retirees will be recognized.
Kathryn Funk-Baxter, vice president for business affairs, will open the program followed by Marjie French, vice president for external relations, who will recognize retirees and those with five or more years of service.
President Ricardo Romo and John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the awards.
UTSA University Excellence Awards 2016
The Rising Star Award (recognizes a new employee who has made significant contributions to his or her area, or to the university community)
The Team Spirit Award (recognizes a group of staff employees who have demonstrated exceptional ability to foster collaboration, communication, and cooperation among colleagues internal and/or external to their department)
Prefreshman Engineering Program
The Extra Mile Award (recognizes an individual who has performed at a level above and beyond normal job requirements that have resulted in furthering the department’s and UTSA’s goals and mission)
The Leadership Award (recognizes a superior supervisor)
Order of the Roadrunner Award (the highest honor that a UTSA staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the UTSA community)
Quantitative Literacy Program Faculty Excellence Award
President’s Distinguished Diversity Award
Individual winner: Francis Garner, College of Business
Individual winner: Sonia Saldívar-Hull, professor of English and director of the Women’s Studies Institute, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Group winner: African American Studies Symposium Committee
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence (recognizes faculty whose command of their respective disciplines, teaching methodologies, communication skills and commitment to learning translate into a superior learning experience for students)
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Core Curriculum Teaching (recognizes distinguished performance in teaching one or a set of core curriculum courses)
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service (recognizes faculty who are exemplary in their commitment to service within the university whose service has had major impact on the opportunities, lives and future of UTSA students)
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement (recognizes faculty who are exemplary in their service outside of the university, providing leadership and making significant contributions in external civic organizations and settings)
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement (recognizes faculty who have conducted high-quality, high-impact research and has made a substantial contribution to the faculty member’s field)
President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement (recognizes individuals whose performance, creative production or other scholarly achievement in the arts or other appropriate disciplines has manifested unusual excellence and merit)
The Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (recognizes UTSA faculty for developing signature learning experiences for undergraduates outside the traditional classroom environment)
The Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award (recognizes a faculty or staff member who has shown exemplary commitment towards UTSA undergraduates)
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.