(July 14, 2016) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio has received the 2016 Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA): Leadership in Educational Facilities Award for Excellence. It's the nation's highest honor for a higher education facilities management organization.
The award highlights the essential role of facilities operations in a university's overall institutional mission and vision. Award for Excellence nominations are evaluated in leadership, strategic and operational planning, customer focus, information and analysis, development and management of human resources, process management, and performance results.
"It is like winning the national championship in facilities management," said Dave Riker, associate vice president for facilities. "We have an incredible team of leadership, managers, supervisors and employees. UTSA Facilities is about excellence and improving every person and every job, every day. This is another positive step for the institution in its quest to become a Tier One institution."
UTSA is the first University of Texas System institution and one of only three institutions in the state of Texas ever to receive the award. Leading the complete transformation of campus facilities and infrastructure and helping create a modern, dynamic university set UTSA Facilities above the rest.
"While the APPA award recognizes the exceptional work of the facilities team, it likewise speaks to a commitment to excellence by everyone at UTSA by providing the very best education, classrooms and laboratory facilities for our students," said Kathy Funk-Baxter, UTSA vice president of Business Affairs.
Members of the Office of Facilities accepted the award on July 13 at the 2016 APPA National Conference Awards Banquet in Nashville, Tennessee.
APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 15,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions throughout North America. APPA is an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer.
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The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute and Women’s Studies Program will feature film screenings, provide lectures and book readings that promote diversity and focus on achieving social justice and women’s empowerment.
Various locations, Main, Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses
The exhibition is a juried competition featuring recent work by UTSA undergraduate and graduate students. The selected works represent the full range of materials, methods, and techniques, ranging from traditional processes to contemporary digital photography and video.
Arts Building Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Amin Qutub, UTSA associate professor of biomedical engineering, will introduce the latest advances in science and technology illustrating how daily behaviors influence the ability of our brain cells to repair and regenerate, enabling a future that optimizes brain health.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio
UTSA faculty and staff are encouraged to share thoughts, experiences and ideas on inclusive excellence at UTSA.
Student Union Anaqua Room (SU 2.03.08), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is an event for students who are unsure of their major, have chosen a major but are not sure it’s the right fit for them or students who are confident of their choice of major but are unsure of what careers they can actually pursue with their major.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
As part of UTSA's 50th Anniversary celebration, Fred Schneider, computer science professor at Cornell University, will speak on Impediments to Incentivizing Cyber-security Investment." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Biosciences Building Loeffler Room (BSB 3.03.22), Main Campus
Rowdy’s Roadshow will take place in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Roadshow events offer opportunities to meet other students, faculty and staff, sign up for Orientation and get Rowdy Ready.
Cities across Texas
A former police officer, criminal justice professor Robert Rico will give an encore of his Pizza & Research presentation, Restorative Justice: A Relational Approach to Civic Discourse. Pizza will be served will supplies last.
John Peace Library North Commons, Second Floor, 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.