By Ryan Schoensee
Special Projects Writer, Office of University Communications
(Nov. 21, 2012) -- The Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), a statewide organization that promotes bicultural and bilingual programs and policies, honored Belinda Bustos Flores with its 2012 Higher Education Award. Flores is a professor and chair of the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
The scholar received her award at the TABE national conference in San Antonio.
Flores completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin in curriculum and instruction with specializations in multilingual studies and educational psychology. In 2000, she received the first-place award for outstanding dissertation from the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). In 2004, she earned the UTSA President's Distinguished Award for Research Excellence. She also is a member of the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.
The San Antonio native's research focuses on teacher development including self-concept, ethnic identity, efficacy, beliefs, teacher recruitment and retention, and high-stakes testing. Her work has been cited in top journals such as Handbook of Teacher Education, Journal of Latinos & Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Multicultural Perspectives and many others.
In 2003, Flores founded the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence with a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education. ATE serves as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging, local and statewide educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. The academy is a critical element of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development teacher education programs and has helped UTSA achieve national recognition as a leader in preparing teachers to teach in culturally diverse settings.
Recently, ATE was named an Example of Excelencia Award finalist in the Undergraduate School category. Excelencia in Education is one of America's top programs in increasing degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor's and graduate degree levels.
TABE promotes equal educational opportunities for bilingual students through research programs and the implementation of policies that increase bilingual learning in Texas schools. Each year, the organization honors outstanding Texans for their devotion to and accomplishments in bilingual education.
This year, Flores was honored with Community Advocate honoree U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas, 29th District) and Public Education honoree Duncan Klussmann, superintendent of the Spring Branch Independent School District.
COEHD is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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