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Student success and technology come together at UTSA OIT Spring Tech Conference

UTSA hosts OIT Spring Tech Conference on April 20.

UTSA hosts the OIT Spring Tech Conference on April 20.


(April 18, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of Information Technology (OIT) invites students, faculty, and staff to attend the annual 2017 OIT Spring Tech Conference on Thursday, April 20. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus.

Now in its third year, the conference provides resources and training for technology support that the UTSA community can utilize to aid them in reaching the UTSA Blueprint strategic goals. OIT staff will share current and new services and new technology with the UTSA community.

"The more we can collaborate and innovate the better infrastructure and tools we can provide to allow our students to be successful and the better our faculty and staff are equipped to perform their respective jobs," said Bryan Wilson, interim vice provost for UTSA Information Technology and chief information officer.

The OIT Spring Tech Conference will include information sessions including the Student Innovation Coalition, a special forum where students can share their feedback with OIT. In addition, there will be a vendor fair, and tours of the OIT Learning Studio, VizLab, and Fit Lab.

OIT will provide a complimentary lunch during a keynote presentation by UTSA College of Education and Human Development professor Enrique Alemán, Jr. He will speak on "Utilizing Technology to Conduct Community-Based, Historical Research: The Case of Racial Inequity and Segregation in South Texas."

"We are so excited by the amazing response from faculty, staff, and students for this event," said Vanessa Hammler Kenon, assistant vice provost for IT and Conference Project Sponsor. "It will help provide new and improved services that our UTSA community will find invaluable."

To become a Tier One university, recognition for events such as the OIT Spring Tech Conference is beneficial to build the brand of UTSA to peer institutions. The conference has drawn attention from institutions around the state including UT Dallas and UT Rio Grande Valley, which will have representatives attending this year's event. This is a testament to the innovative work being promoted by OIT and an opportunity to leverage knowledge and enhance support offered to enrich student success across the state.

"In OIT we strive to Collaborate, Innovate, and Succeed. The better we are at this, the more successful our students are, and the quicker UTSA reaches Tier One status," said Wilson.

- Rosalind Ong de Treviño

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