(Aug. 16, 2018) -- In an email sent today to UTSA faculty and staff, President Taylor Eighmy provided updates on the presidential, strategic and tactical initiatives underway to support the university’s strategic vision. The initiatives will accelerate UTSA’s upward trajectory as a nationally-recognized research and discovery enterprise university.
Specialized programs and services have been launched to support faculty in their pursuit of National Research University Fund (NRUF) recognized awards. Four nominations to the National Academy of Inventors and 17 Faculty Early Career Development Award proposals were submitted in July 2018. The Office of the Provost and Office for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise will once again host the New Faculty Institute in 2018-19, introducing faculty to the research culture at UTSA and assisting them in launching their research programs during their first year on campus.
UTSA’s master planning consultants from Page have begun the discovery phase of the project, collecting programmatic, strategic and physical planning data for review and analysis. Next month, the Page leads will visit campus to gather input from departmental and college leadership. A series of community outreach sessions are in the early planning stages, with the intent of providing opportunities for neighborhood associations and other stakeholders to offer input regarding the physical development of our campuses. These sessions will be offered in collaboration with City Council members representing the districts that include UTSA’s Main, Park West and Downtown Campuses.
Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force
After reviewing a summary of all feedback gathered during the budget model redesign process, the Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force accepted Huron’s budget model recommendations on July 25. UTSA’s new model and budgeting process will be called Incentivized Resource Management (IRM), and a final report will be issued to President Eighmy from the task force later this month. The Budget and Financial Planning Office and Business Information Services are working with UT Shared Information Services to provide data integration with IRM, and financial reporting is being developed for the data analyses needed to support the model.
The Downtown Campus is preparing to welcome additional daytime students due to the new block course schedule. On the first day of classes, President Eighmy will ride the new shuttle bus taking students in the public policy and architecture academic pathways from the Main Campus to Downtown Campus in time for their first class of the day. The second floor of the Frio Street Building is becoming a new destination for students to study, relax and find support in spaces managed by the Student Union, One Stop Enrollment Center and others to be announced. Last week, President Eighmy shared his vision for the UTSA Downtown Campus with the members of Centro San Antonio. His presentation included an updated timetable and more details on his plan to bring additional centers, institutes and programs downtown over the next 10 years.
The Racing to Reaccreditation Team has addressed all 100 of the original action items identified in the fall of 2017. Team members are now writing their first drafts for their assigned standards to meet the next deadline of October 15. Meetings are being conducted with sub-teams to collaborate with other areas of the university when needed and to discuss the writing process. An ice cream social was held on August 14 to recognize the team’s hard work over the past year and to encourage everyone to keep up the momentum during the next lap in the race to reaccreditation.
President Eighmy delivered a talk on Building Partnerships to meet Global Security Challenges at the 2018 Cyber Texas conference earlier this month, where he promoted the launch of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC). Government and industry partners are primed for co-location, with contracts and agreements currently under negotiation. Sandia National Laboratory placed its first scientist at UTSA to work closely with faculty and students in cybersecurity areas. In early August, UTSA leadership visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to discuss collaborative research and faculty exchange, as plans move forward to incorporate PNNL as a partner of the NSCC. New industry partners Booz Allen Hamilton and IP Secure provided letters of support and commitment for the NSCC.
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All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the position of vice provost and dean of the UTSA Graduate School.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The second of three in the annual holiday concert series which will feature the Chamber Singers (Santa Baby), Saxophone Ensemble (Sleigh Ride), Jazz Ensemble (Sugar Rum Cherry), Flute Ensemble and more performing holiday favorites. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue where UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus
The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The students will perform in a showcase of modern, jazz, and ballet dances choreographed by Megan Rulewicz, Randi Miles and Michelle Pietri. Tickets are $10. Parking is free in the Cattleman's Square Lot.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The last concert in the annual holiday music series will feature the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University band. Open to the public; admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus