(Feb. 19, 2014) -- After serving as UTSA's executive vice provost since 2008, Julius Gribou announced today that he is stepping down from his administrative duties to return to the faculty effective May 31, 2014. Beginning in the fall, Gribou will supervise and teach full time in the university's study-abroad program in Urbino, Italy.
"I have appreciated Julius's wise counsel over the last six years and have especially enjoyed the spirit of conviviality that he brings to our office every day," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I know that he will continue to serve UTSA well in his new role."
As executive vice provost, Gribou serves as senior international officer and oversees space planning and allocation and also academic affairs compliance issues. To carry out some of Gribou's regular duties, Sandy Welch, vice provost for institutional effectiveness, and Jesse Zapata, vice provost for academic and faculty support and vice provost of the Downtown Campus, both have been promoted to senior vice provost. Welch has directed the university's Graduation Rate Improvement Plan for the last two years; in his academic and faculty support role, Zapata oversees faculty development initiatives and policy formulation.
Assuming the duties of senior international officer will be demography professor René Zenteno, who will fill the newly created position of vice provost for international initiatives. Zenteno, who joined UTSA in 2013, formerly was undersecretary of population, migration and religious affairs in the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico and executive director of the Center for U.S.–Mexico Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
"René is a highly recognized scholar who brings tremendous experience and leadership to this position, and he will be instrumental as the university continues to develop partnerships in Latin America and worldwide," said Frederick.
Since joining UTSA, Zenteno has been involved in the university's initiatives in Mexico, particularly at Monterrey Institute of Technology, with which UTSA is establishing a comprehensive collaboration to include student and faculty/staff exchange programs and cooperative research projects.
"I am very grateful to Julius Gribou for his tireless dedication in establishing UTSA's presence abroad," said Zenteno. "I hope to continue to build upon that foundation to enhance the university's reputation internationally and to provide outstanding opportunities for our students and faculty."
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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