(Dec. 17, 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.
Campus Master Plan
Working with consultants from Page, the task force has determined preliminary planning principles and developed multiple overall framework options for both the Main Campus and Downtown Campus. Their work has included investigation of urban design strategies for key sub-areas at each campus: at the Main Campus, a new central open space, Innovation Park/Roadrunner Village, and UTSA Boulevard housing redevelopment; and the highway underpass and ramp, and eastern land blocks at the Downtown Campus. The team also continues to conduct site, data and stakeholder feedback analysis; UTSA students, faculty and staff are invited to share ideas with the task force by emailing email@example.com or texting 830-339-2252.
Classroom to Career
The Classroom to Career Task Force received more than 100 responses to their recent survey, helping them to inventory existing experiential learning programs at UTSA. The task force held its final meeting on December 12 to compile data collected from campus, the community and peer institutions, and is now beginning the process of drafting a final report. Those who didn’t have a chance to complete the survey can still do so by contacting Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Shannon Heuberger, who will connect respondents with a member of the task force.
In an effort to further support faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in their research endeavors, UTSA has joined the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). Dr. Bernard Arulanandam, Professor of Biology and Interim Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Knowledge Enterprise has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, advancing UTSA’s efforts to increase the number of faculty inducted into the national academies as a criteria for the National Research University Fund.
This fall, the curriculum and campus experience sub-groups developed and administered a survey to the first-year students in the College of Public Policy and College of Architecture, Construction and Planning enrolled in a full-time schedule at the Downtown Campus. The survey collected student feedback on their overall experience at the campus with a focus on academic course offerings and transportation. Of the 150 students who received the survey, 117 participated. The task force is using the survey results to inform their work moving forward, including building the summer course schedule and negotiating more viable transportation options.
Dougherty Insightings, a Dallas-based brand consulting firm, conducted interviews with university leadership in November to gather and interpret perceptions of the university brand. On December 3, the Senior Leadership Team participated in a brand workshop and brainstorming session to discuss UTSA’s brand components. The group completed a comprehensive review of the university’s personality, brand strengths, mission and values, and other key insights to best define how UTSA will be perceived. The Dougherty team will return in mid-January to present concepts for a brand platform and deliver a first round of brand positioning statements and potential taglines for upcoming university marketing campaigns.
Finance and Budget Modeling
The Budget Model Task Force’s work to restate the FY 19 budget is nearing completion, and the final restatement will be available in January. The team finished its individual meetings with all the deans this month. Work has begun on the FY 20 budget under the new Incentivized Resource Management model, aligning the process closely with the university’s strategic plan.
SACSCOC 2020 – Racing to Reaccreditation
Eight Racing to Reaccreditation team members attended the SACSCOC Annual Meeting earlier this month. While there, they attended sessions that covered expectations for reporting out on the 2018 Principles of Accreditation, as well as sessions for managing off-campus sites, documenting faculty credentials and developing UTSA’s next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). They also met with SACSCOC Vice Presidents and learned important information concerning policy updates and changes on the horizon.
National Security Collaboration Center and School of Data Science
UTSA celebrated the opening of the inaugural NSCC facility located in the North Paseo Building with a ribbon cutting on November 27. To date, UTSA is hosting five federal and four industry partners in the NSCC, including Sandia National Laboratories, 24th Air Force (AFCYBER), Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, Army Research Laboratory, National Security Agency, IPSecure, LGS Innovations, BuildSecFoundry and CNF Technologies. Meanwhile, work to determine facility programming needs for the new NSCC and SDS building downtown is nearing completion. Nine architectural firms submitted building design proposals, and the successful firm will be announced in the new year. The selection of a construction firm is also underway, with contractor interviews scheduled in mid-January 2019.
Athletics Center of Excellence
The committee is close to finalizing its review of programming needs for the new Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence (RACE). Initial cost estimates are under review to ensure the programming is in alignment. One lead gift for RACE has been secured, and others are in the works.
Freshman Residence Hall
Work is underway on a schematic design for the new hall. The project is on schedule to begin construction in September 2019, and be open for residents by fall 2021.
Cattleman’s Square Residential Tower
An informal bid process is underway to hire a company to perform a market study for the Cattleman’s Square Residential Tower. Once the market study is complete, a Request for Quotation (RFQ) will be issued in early in 2019 for design and construction.
Similar to Cattleman’s Square, an informal bid process is underway to hire a company to perform a market study for Roadrunner Village. Once the market study is complete, a Request for Quotation (RFQ) will be issued in early in 2019 for design and construction.
Residential Honors College
An effort is underway to secure approval from UT System to start the project. The selection process for a design firm will begin in January 2019.
Student Success Center
The first phase of this initiative will provide modular 25,000 gross square foot centralized Academic Advising Complex south of the North Paseo Building. The architectural firm Chesney Morales is under contract to do the work, and design is in progress. The complex is targeted to open in fall 2019.
Learn more about the UTSA strategic vision.
The Racial Justice Book Club was established at UTSA by members of the campus community to explore social justice following acts of racial violence across the nation over the last few years. We are reading The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. We will meet every Wednesday in September and October at 2 pm on Zoom.Virtual Event
Join Wellbeing Services, UTSA Recovery Operations, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District as we have an informational Q&A session with guest speaker Dr. Anita Kurian from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District discussing Monkeypox.Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02,) Main Campus
We invite you to learn about the process of screenwriting and explore the intersection of identity and pursuing dreams from Jorge Ramirez-Martinez and Raymond Perez, screenwriters for the Selena: The Series, released on Netflix. They will discuss their careers and writing process, including how their identities as Mexican American and gay men have shaped their professional experiences.Virtual Event
Please join us in remembering those who have entered the next part of life by designing a nicho box in their memory. This workshop will provide the necessary items to create your nicho box, though please remember to bring a photo or small object that can fit in a 3.5 x5x1 inch box (small jewelry box).John Peace Library GroupSpot B, Main Campus
Come celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with La Comunidad at The University of Texas at San Antonio. We will have food, games and dancing!H-E-B Student Union Ballroom 1 & 2, Main Campus
LMSA invites you to join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month through an interactive cooking lesson! This cultural experience will teach you how to prepare a popular Mexican dish, street taquitos. You will be able to sample this dish and learn the recipe to use in your own home.Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen
Future Roadrunners will see what Roadrunner life is all about at UTSA Day. All of Main Campus transforms into our UTSA Day open house for Future Roadrunners and their families to explore the university experience.Main Campus
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