(Sept. 13, 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 first meeting of the Transdisciplinary Research Council (TRC) was held earlier this month, bringing together executive leadership from all academic colleges, the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE). The TRC has a charge to increase cross-college, transdisciplinary research collaborations and to lead strategic efforts in pursuit of the National Research University Fund (NRUF) and Carnegie R1 status.
Campus Master Plan
In continuation of the discovery phase of the Campus Master Plan initiative, consultants from Page and the Campus Master Plan Task Force led a series of meetings and work sessions with members of the UTSA community Sept. 4-7. This week, a survey went out to UTSA faculty, students and staff to seek broader input. Community outreach sessions with neighborhood associations and other interested stakeholders are being organized in collaboration with City Council members.
As reported in President Eighmy's email to the campus community yesterday, UTSA's new Integrated Student Success Plan is now complete and the first phase of this initiative has come to a close. The initiative will now move into operational mode as strategies within the plan are implemented over the next two years.
Finance and Budget Modeling
On August 31, President Eighmy and Vice President for Business Affairs Kathy Funk-Baxter, announced the debut of UTSA’s new budgeting model, called Incentivized Resource Management (IRM). A new website devoted to IRM which explains—with the aid of videos featuring task force members—the model’s basic premises and potential impact. A budget for UTSA using the new model will be created by the end of October.
UTSA received exciting news last week with the UT System Board of Regents committing $70 million for construction of two new facilities at the Downtown Campus to support the National Security Collaboration Center and a proposed School of Data Science. Meanwhile, the Downtown Campus Task Force continues its work to enhance the campus experience and scale up services and activities for an increasing student population.
SACSCOC 2020 – Racing to Reaccreditation
One year from now, UTSA’s Compliance Certification document will be submitted to be reviewed by a SACSCOC Off-Site Review Committee. The team is on schedule to meet this deadline with rough drafts of all narratives by Oct. 15. Drafts are already being submitted and reviewed as they are received. The review process includes evaluating the evidence to ensure that the university has built the case for compliance in each narrative and have documented that compliance.
Late last month, architectural consultants Populous and Marmon Mok met with a variety of stakeholders to begin creating the vision, program and goals for the Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence. On Sept. 4, the architectural team met with representatives from Page, the Campus Master Plan consultants, to coordinate efforts regarding selecting the site for the center. The architect team plans to return to campus for additional data gathering and to meet with the task force, staff, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, athletic senior leadership and members of the Roadrunner Athletics Foundation.
National Security Collaboration Center
UTSA received a $33 million commitment from UT System Board of Regents for construction of the National Security Collaboration Center in downtown San Antonio. As a means to engage government and industry partners in the development process of the NSCC, a focus group of 30 stakeholder was held earlier this month to provide input regarding research information technology, security, contracting and marketing. Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), has joined the NSCC ecosystem, alongside a total of 20 additional partners.
Learn more about the UTSA Strategic Plan.
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 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
One of UTSA’s most memorable traditions when hundreds of Roadrunners will receive their class rings. Before the rings arrive at UTSA, however, they make a special stop to spend a night in Texas’ most iconic landmark, the Alamo.H-E-B Student Union Ballrooms (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus