UTSA provost to step down to return to teaching
Rosalie Ambrosino, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced April 25 that she will leave her administrative position Aug. 31 for family reasons and return to teaching and research. She has served as provost since December 2005 and was UTSA vice president for student affairs from 2001 to 2005.
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Southwest Airlines president addresses students
Colleen Barrett, president and corporate secretary of Southwest Airlines, addressed several hundred UTSA students March 28 as part of a lecture series celebrating Women's History Month. Barrett spoke of leadership and her company's mission statement -- "look at your customers as your first reason for being." She has been with Southwest since the beginning, starting as Herb Kelleher's executive assistant and working her way to the top. Barrett accounts for the airline's success, in part, by "never forgetting how we got started or for never getting too big for our britches."
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Coordinating Board approves honors studies B.A.
The UTSA Honors College announced March 30 the approval of a bachelor of arts degree in honors studies by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students can enroll in this first Honors College degree program in fall 2007. UTSA now offers 63 bachelor's degree programs, 43 master's and 20 doctorates.
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UTSA education college unveils mobile health lab
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development unveiled the UTSA Mobile Health Lab on March 30 at the 1604 Campus. Spearheaded by Zenong Yin, UTSA Loretta J. Lowak Clarke Distinguished Professor of Health and Kinesiology and department chair, the lab is the only one of its kind in Texas. It will travel to the San Antonio inner city and South Texas areas where health promotion programs are not widely available to provide health screening services, healthy cooking sessions and multimedia-based health education programs.
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U.S. Global Investors Inc. donates $200K to College of Business
U.S. Global Investors Inc. has partnered with the UTSA College of Business to form a long-term strategic relationship to develop quantitative investment research. The San Antonio-based mutual fund company will provide $50,000 annually for four years to fund the research of finance faculty members and doctoral business students. "We are pleased to partner with such a respected institution as U.S. Global and look forward to years of innovative research," said Lynda de la Viña, College of Business dean. "I am extremely appreciative of the generous pledge of support for the UTSA College of Business from Frank Holmes, CEO and chief investment officer."
World scholar to run new UTSA cyber security institute
Ravi Sandhu will join the UTSA faculty June 1 as holder of the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Computer Science. An internationally recognized expert on information assurance and security, he also will serve as founding executive director and chief scientist of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security Research (ICSR). The faculty appointment and research institute are supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF), an initiative created by Gov. Rick Perry to support new industry and educational initiatives in the state.
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View a video on the Institute for Cyber Security Research (KENS, 3/26/07)
CITE hosts inaugural entrepreneur boot camp
The UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), a joint initiative of the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering, hosted its inaugural boot camp March 23. Former Osteobiologics CEO Fred Dinger headlined the daylong event that focused on topics such as business plan development, business law and start-up funding. Other participants included UTSA Development Board member David Spencer, Mandelbrot Ventures; Janet Campbell, CEO of Seno Medical; and James Poage, president of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI). CITE fosters the growth of entrepreneurs through education, experiences, resources and support. For more information, contact Cory Hallam, CITE director, at (210) 458-6595.
AFCEA makes scholarships available to students
The Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) has pledged $100,000 to provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students in technology-oriented majors at UTSA. AFCEA internationally supports global security by encouraging close cooperative relationship among civil government agencies, the military and industry. The gift provides 25 scholarships of $1,000 each annually for four years. Two of the scholarships are reserved each year for students enrolled in the T.C. Frost UTeach Program.
Healthy and Ready to Learn project receives funding boost
The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund of San Antonio has provided a $125,000 gift for research in the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute. Led by Associate Professor Suzanne Winter and a research team, Healthy and Ready to Learn: An Early Approach to Obesity and Diabetes Prevention aspires to provide research-based strategies to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. The Voelcker Fund gift matches the second year of a total $275,000 gift from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio.
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UTSA Commencement Ceremonies are May 10-12
-- Thursday, May 10: 7 p.m. -- College of Liberal and Fine Arts I
-- Friday, May 11: 3 p.m. -- Honors College; 7 p.m. -- College of Architecture, College of Education and Human Development I, College of Liberal and Fine Arts II
-- Saturday, May 12: 9 a.m. -- College of Education and Human Development II; 1 p.m. -- College of Business I, College of Sciences; 5 p.m. -- College of Business II, College of Engineering
See ITC's 'Here Be Dragons!' exhibit through Nov. 4
UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures is home to a 10-foot-tall, smoke-breathing dragon in the exhibit, "Here Be Dragons!," through Nov. 4. Draco, a green-scaled Western dragon with a 16-foot wingspan, welcomes guests to the exhibit exploring the origins, symbolism and cultural significance of the dragon through history. For more information, visit the UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures Web site or call (210) 458-2330.
36th annual Texas Folklife Festival is June 8-10
UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures shares traditions of 40 ethnic groups across Texas at the 36th annual Texas Folklife Festival, June 8-10. The three-day cultural extravaganza showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage with authentic food, entertainment, family activities, special exhibits, artisan demonstrations and carnival rides. For more information, visit the Institute of Texan Cultures Web site or call (210) 458-2224.
UTSA Alumni Association's Connections Breakfast is July 17
The next UTSA Alumni Association Connections Breakfast is 7:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 17 featuring Nevil Shed, recently named to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Texas Western team that won the NCAA National Championship. The event is at the Marriott Hotel, Interstate 10 at Loop 410. For more information, call (210) 458-4133.
UTSA Alumni Association 2008 tours: British Isles, Spain, Greece, New York City
-- The UTSA Alumni Association recently announced its 2008 tours: British Landscapes: England, Scotland and Wales is March 27-April 8; Spain's Classics, May; Exploring Greece and Its Islands, October; and New York City Holiday, November.
-- And, it's not too late to sign up for the San Francisco/Lake Tahoe trip in September 2007 and the South Pacific Wonders trip in November 2007.
For more information about Alumni Tours and to register for interest meetings, visit the UTSA Alumni Programs Web site.
UTSA President's Scholarship and Awards Dinner, Oct. 23
Mark your calendar for the UTSA President's Scholarship and Awards Dinner at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. More than 900 friends of UTSA attended last year's annual black-tie dinner, which recognized outstanding South Texans and raised a record $3 million for student scholarships and other academic programs. For more information, call (210) 458-4101.
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Editor: Tim Brownlee, Assistant Director of Public Affairs
This tragedy reminds us that there are some things in life that we cannot control. But, what we can do is remember our sense of community, and demonstrate our concern and compassion for each other. Through our concern for others, the healing process can begin.
On a brighter note, we are proud to announce a major legislative step for educational excellence in San Antonio. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, member of the Senate Education Committee, have secured a place holder for $6 million in the appropriations bill for the joint UTSA and UT Health Science Center project, the San Antonio Life Science Institute (SALSI).
The Senate Finance Committee adopted Article XI of the bill on Monday, April 2. The senators are working to ensure that SALSI is listed at an adequate funding level.
Although this is the first step in the right direction, the level of funding for SALSI is not guaranteed and must still pass review of an appropriations committee later in the legislative session.
This first step certainly leaves us in a positive mood. If funded, SALSI could serve as a major boost for San Antonio's existing $13 billion bioscience and healthcare industry. SALSI is important because the long-term payoff to our economy will be better paying jobs in the biosciences, more research dollars coming to San Antonio and more visibility for San Antonio as a leader in the biosciences industry.
As we approach commencement and summer, I send best wishes to you all.
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