APRIL 26, 2023 — UTSA proudly announced this year’s University Excellence Awards winners during a live event on Tuesday attended by nominees and their peers.
This annual program celebrates the achievements of Roadrunner faculty and staff, ranging from exceptional teaching and innovative research to exemplary team spirit and impactful advocacy.
This year’s winners were selected from a large group of outstanding individual and team nominees, all of whom are advancing the university and making UTSA a great place to learn, work and grow.
The ceremony featured remarks and award presentations by UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar and representatives from Staff and Faculty Senate.
The 2023 winners are:
PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Teaching Excellence Award
Core Curriculum Award
University Service Award
Community Engagement Award
Research Achievement Award
Performance, Creative, Production Award
Advancing Globalization Award
Innovation & Impact Award (I2)
Richard S. Howe Excellence in Teaching Award
Richard S. Howe Faculty Service Award
PRESIDENT'S DISTINGUISHED DIVERSITY AWARDS
Leadership Award winner Chera Finkbiner (center) poses on the orange carpet with Mary Hernandez (left) and Veronica Salazar (right) after the University Excellence Awards on Tuesday.
UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE STAFF AWARDS
Richard S. Howe Service to Undergraduate Students Award
Rising Star Award
Extra Mile Award
Team Spirit Award
Order of the Roadrunner
The awards program is overseen and managed by the University Excellence Awards Steering Committee. The awards nomination and selection process is coordinated by the following:
YEARS OF SERVICE HONOREES
In addition to celebrating the award winners, the university also recognized years of service milestones for faculty and staff. The full list of employees celebrating milestones can be viewed in the event program.
Among this group is a faculty member who has dedicated a remarkable 45 years to Roadrunner Nation, Jack Himelblau, professor of modern languages in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Additionally, three colleagues are celebrating 40 years of service: German (Albert) Arroyo, professor of civil and environmental engineering and construction management in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design; David Garcia, library services assistant III in the UTSA Libraries; and Amir Karimi, professor of mechanical engineering in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design.
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