August 24, 2015
James Scott Balentine, UTSA composer, and Bruce Balentine, librettist and speech technology consultant with Enterprise Integration Group (EIG, Inc), presented a talk at the SpeechTek 2015 conference in New York City in August on their opera, My New Voice. The presentation, entitled Singing in the Wilderness: Edge Applications in Speech Technology, included recorded excerpts from the opera by UTSA music faculty Linda Poetschke and John Nix. The opera is about Trevor, a disabled writer and inventor who cannot speak, and who yearns to use his synthesized voice to sing. Balentine and Balentine are continuing to research the technology in creative ways that have implications for both the speech recognition and synthesis field, as well as new techniques in electronic music and performance, and have tentative plans for a 2017 premiere at an experimental opera festival in London.
August 20, 2015
On Friday, July 17th, twelve UTSA students left San Antonio for a two-week study abroad program in Frankfurt, Germany. Hosted by the Department of Political Science and Geography, the students were able to complete credit hours towards their degrees and enhance their education with new experiences.
As the first study abroad program hosted by the department, preparation began last November when all Political Science and Global Affairs majors were invited to join. Against the class topic of globalization, the idea was to bring together U.S. and German students to engage in a debate on how the world has changed in recent decades. However, the program also offered opportunities to experience globalization first-hand. We visited the state capitol and the Hessische Landtag, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, a range of different museums, and the airport of Frankfurt to receive a VIP tarmac tour. In addition, we held expert talks with local faculty and were welcomed by the Vice-President for Study Affairs. Also, students spent a whole day in the old and beautiful city of Heidelberg, which is ranked as one of the prime destinations for US tourists to Germany.
Class sessions were held twice every day and were offered in a co-teaching fashion as a German faculty member joined the class. Together with 20 German students, we covered almost all aspects of globalization in an introduction to one of the most relevant developments of the last decade. The structure of the classes was higher paced but the intercultural opportunity to learn together kept the students excited and motivated.
Graciously funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, the program covered accommodation and lunch for the participating students. In addition, local transportation was fully covered. Our last day in Frankfurt concluded with a BBQ at Campus Westend with both U.S. and German students. After two weeks packed with class sessions and activities, it was bittersweet for everyone to see the program come to an end. All agreed that it was an enriching and positive experience.
More study abroad opportunities will arise in the future as a part of the Global Affairs degree. Keep an eye out on our website for updates and if you are interested in participating in the next study abroad to Frankfurt Germany, please contact Dr. Matthias Hofferberth for more details.
August 3, 2015
Congratulations to M. Kathryn Brown (Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology), Kirsten Gardner (Associate Professor, Dept. of History), & Deborah Moon Wagner (Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology). These exceptional faculty members were recognized by the UT Regents with Outstanding Teaching Awards from the University of Texas System for 2015.
“Great and personable teacher with a passion for her concentration, contagiously excited energy, always very cheerful” – this is M. Kathryn (Kat) Brown, associate professor in the department of anthropology, as described by her students. Such accolades are universal among Kat’s students and professional peers. Kat is one of those rare individuals who is liked by everyone; she is always chipper and engages each person she encounters. No surprise then that Kat was awarded the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
Kat has taught at UTSA since 2009 and is co-director of an archeology summer field school program for both undergraduate and graduate students in Belize that has been offered every summer since 2010. And while Kat said the field program leaves little time for her personal pursuits, she believes the benefits outweigh the costs: “it invigorates my passion for teaching and research and motivates me to strive for perfection in both.”
Perfection in Brown’s classroom is achieved through her teaching philosophy. She believes that students learn best through close involvement with course material, which she strives to make interesting and relevant by focusing on contemporary problems. “Students often value learning when they can apply their new knowledge in meaningful ways to their own lives,” says Brown. Understanding that traditional lectures and exams can be tedious and ineffective at times, Kat employs interactive learning and multi-media technology in her classroom. As students have said, “teaching strategies were great, explained everything in detail, and made sure everyone was prepared for exams.” “Dr. Brown is a great and knowledgeable professor and motivates students to think outside the box and analyze information critically.”
Kat brings her very active research in Mayan civilization in Belize to all of her courses. She uses her own research and archaeological discoveries, as well as those of other faculty and graduate students, as examples to illustrate course content. The images she shares of UTSA students in the field conducting research awaken students to the idea that they too can become researchers.
Yet, likely the biggest reason for Kat’s success and popularity is her ability to form supportive relationships with her students. Several students have commented that she sincerely cares about their success. One student shared that upon returning to college “with an ailing GPA,” Brown more than anyone gave him a fresh chance. Kat herself says it best: “I believe that an excellent teacher not only teaches in the classroom, but is also a dedicated mentor. I make it a point to learn as many of the students’ names as possible. They realize that I do not think of them as just an abc123 or BannerID number.”
The word is out, and circulates among students to the extent that they are driven to enroll in her courses: Kirsten Gardner, Associate Professor of History, is a wonderful teacher! “Professor Gardner is clearly the best professor I have ever had in my college experience,” one student said. Gardner is one of three UTSA COLFA recipients of the 2015 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
What has given Gardner this rock star reputation as a professor?
Kirsten understands that teaching strategies cannot be static. She has made the pursuit of teaching excellence a permanent measure of her development, always seeking opportunities to learn pioneering teaching strategies. She reads books on teaching, frequently attends teaching workshops, organizes departmental teaching retreats, and she has received grant funding to explore what she learns in the classroom.
In the classroom Kirsten employs interactive learning, engaging students in class participation and group activities. It has been said that Kirsten is able to make large classes feel like small ones. She makes students feel included and learns their names. It is also well known among her students and peers that she requires more writing and reading than usual, while using multiple assessments to give students every opportunity to succeed. She often permits students to rewrite their work for a better grade and to bring an index card of notes to tests. In the end, her final assessment blends student participation, individual work, group work, writing, and exams. Kirsten believes that by using various assessments each student’s individual skills are revealed and learning takes place on multiple levels.
“Every semester opens with a sense of promise, possibility, and excitement” said Gardner, who has taught an extraordinary number of different courses including history, American studies, women and gender studies and honors, at UTSA since 2000. She says that over the course of her teaching experience she has come to learn the value of “giving up control of the classroom and letting my students take responsibility for learning.” One of her students commented that Dr. Gardner is “someone who inspires students to be analytical thinkers, rather than simply instructs them.” Another student writes that “the energy of the classroom is one of positivity and enthusiasm as she encourages us to interpret the material and contribute to the collective understanding of the group.” A faculty peer evaluator noticed while observing a class taught by Gardner that “for all the sophisticated analysis these young people engaged in, they seemed wonderfully unaware of how hard they were working.”
For Kirsten, teaching is a career and not merely a job. There is no question that she is most deserving of this prestigious award. Gardner humbly says, “I am honored to teach, and embrace teaching as ever evolving practice that allows for, and demands, constant learning, introspection, consideration, and perseverance.”
Several days a week the hallway outside of Deborah Moon Wagner’s office is lined with students standing or sitting on the floor waiting patiently to see her. Cozy ambient light, a sofa, rug on the floor, and aromatherapy set a calming environment for the academic and personal mentoring support the students will receive. One of her students noted, “Professor Moon Wagner genuinely valued our opinions…this validation made her seem more accessible to students outside of the classroom.” Appreciating that undergraduate students can be timid about visiting faculty during office hours, Deborah requires or offers extra credit for a first visit. The students always return.
Deborah Moon Wagner is a Lecturer III in the Department of Anthropology and a 2015 recipient of a Regents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching.
In support of this prestigious award, numerous students who have taken classes from Moon Wagner made consistent comments: after taking the first course with Moon Wagner, they take as many more from her as possible; her passion is apparent; her relentless questioning developed superior analyses and critical thinking skills; and her teaching has a lasting impact. A faculty peer put it this way: “She has an intense following at UTSA.”
One aspect of Deborah’s teaching philosophy is her belief that a good teacher must be a good learner. “I never let my students forget that my most important goal is to learn from them” she said. Students and faculty peers confirm that this philosophy is embedded in her classroom approach. “She engages students as fellow scholars... she levels the gap between student and professor.” “Professor Moon Wagner’s classroom was the most student-centered of any….I didn’t just have an awareness of being a part of a larger academic community; I felt like an active and contributing member of that community.”
Deborah devotes a lot of effort to curriculum development and preparation for courses, and she puts in an abundance of time when preparing each class session. One student noted that her lesson plans are “logically and intensively planned.” She is known to make adjustments to her curriculum based upon the unique student dynamics of a single class. Class discussions are a priority, and to promote discussion she learns all her student's names and encourages them all to sit up front. She seldom uses textbooks, preferring articles, monographs, and primary sources, which are examined through relentless questioning. As one student said, “Her classes…felt like one giant brainstorming session.” And another student had this to say: “I realized my usual note-taking was pointless…note-taking during a discussion was counterproductive.”
Deborah said, “I am dedicated to instilling in my students my own passion for learning. I charge myself with reinventing ways to do this for students.” In view of such dedication it is not surprising that Moon Wagner has earned this most distinguished recognition from the Regents.
April 27, 2015
Antonio “Tony” Garcia, a first-year student in the Psychology Department’s doctoral program, has been selected to receive a multi-year RISE PhD fellowship. Historically based on the NIH’s MBRS, the RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) program is currently funded and administered by National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The program is designed to assist underrepresented students in attaining doctoral degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The UTSA RISE PhD program supports 15 students toward obtaining their doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, neurobiology, physics, or psychology. RISE fellows are selected competitively and receive financial support, mentoring, and professional development training.
Tony entered the doctoral program with extensive prior experience. He worked as a Research Analyst at non-profit organizations in New York, a Social Science Researcher at our UT Health Science Center, and he also managed a global team of analysts and consultants in the private sector. He is currently working with Professor Raymond T. Garza, a distinguished researcher and long-term faculty member of the Psychology Department. Tony’s primary research interest is the role of moral perception and affect in the etiology of psychosocial dysfunction in military veterans with a history of deployment to active conflict zones. His dissertation will focus on developing and testing a theoretical framework to help explain the life-long debilitating effects of military combat. His other research interests include cross-cultural psychology and psychological measurement. After completing his PhD, he plans to pursue post-doctoral training in the design, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions.
April 20, 2015
Dr. Gabriel Acevedo, of the Department of Sociology, has been selected as an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Dr. Acevedo will participate in and institute titled "American Muslims: History, Culture, and Politics." The three-week program will be hld at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Congratulations Dr. Gabriel Acevedo!
April 20, 2015
The American Association of University Women just announced the 241 fellowships and grants offered for the 2015–16 award year. Lydia Light from the College of Liberal and Fine Art is among the awardees.
April 20, 2015
Dr. Steven Levitt, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, has been selected as the winner of the International Award for Excellence for Volume 13, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations: Annual Review, published as part of the Organization Collection, Common Ground Publishing.
His article “Cultural Factors Affecting International Teamwork Dynamics and Effectiveness” was selected for the award from among the ten highest-ranked papers emerging from the peer review process, and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines.
The article was first accepted for publication in the Journal Organizational Cultures and was subsequently selected by the editorial board for inclusion in The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations: Annual Review.
April 20, 2015
Student Media Lab Assistant Kendall Casas
Student Media Lab Assistant Kendall Casas wins two prizes in COLFA Research Conference
“Information Man,” a video short film made by senior Kendall Casas, won second place in the 15th annual COLFA Conference Multi Media category.
Casas, a lab assistant in the Department of Modern Languages Media Lab, is pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Film Studies. She entered her short film “Information Man” to the COLFA Conference under the guidance and mentoring of her instructor, Dr. Nancy Membrez, UTSA Associate Professor of Spanish and Media Studies.
April 20, 2015
One of our recent MA graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Art has recently been named the Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America. She will be honored by the local chapter on May 7, 2015.
October 2, 2014
UTSA was well represented at the recent XVI Encuentro de Profesores de Español a no Nativo Hablantes conference sponsored by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) San Antonio. The annual meeting focuses on improving Spanish teaching and learning techniques for educators.
Dr. Whitney Chappell, Dr. Mark Rushforth, Dr. Ninfa Kohler, Tess Ladd-Hill, Anne Lohezic, Gilberta Turner, Juanita Campos, Elizabeth Olvera, Lilian Cano, and Consuelo Madiedo, all from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UTSA, were in attendance to share and hone their teaching skills.
September 23, 2014
UTSA students on the Civil Rights and Social Justice Experience trip.
The UTSA Student Leadership Center (SLC) facilitates and provides purposeful leadership encounters for students through education, engagement and experience. The center has a variety of resources available throughout the year to develop student leaders across the university. These opportunities provide continuous leadership experiences for students.
The SLC offers several leadership travel opportunities, including:
The SLC covers a majority of costs including transportation, lodging, meals, and registration fees for its fall and spring programming.
September 18, 2014
Diana Elizondo (right) speaks alongside teammate Blaire Warren (left). Together, Diana and Blaire won the JV division at UMKC.
Last weekend, the UTSA Debate Team traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to compete at the first national tournament of the season.
10 students participated in the tournament, accompanied by assistant coaches Philip DiPiazza and newly-hired Kristiana Baez, a former debater from the University of Oklahoma.
UTSA finished with an overall winning record, claiming victories in 21 total debate rounds. Diana Elizondo (soph.) and Blaire Warren (soph.) were tournament champions in the Junior Division. Karmenly Alegria (fr.) was ranked 5th among the top individual speakers in her division, and Bianca Salazar (fr.) was ranked 8th. Alegria and Salazar also reached the quarter-finals round of the tournament, placing in the top eight.
The tournament consisted of 136 teams representing 38 different universities from around the country including Stanford, UC Berkeley, New York University, the University of Texas, the University of Kansas, and the University of Oklahoma.
The topic for this academic year is the legalization of marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, and/or the sale of human organs in the United States.
Last year, UTSA Debate was ranked 25th in the nation and 2nd in their region.
The Roadrunners' next tournament will be in two weeks at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
September 11, 2014
For the past three years, UTSA students have experienced the echoes of the Renaissance firsthand within the ancient Roman walls of Urbino, Italy, World Heritage Site and birthplace of the great sixteenth-century master Raphael.
The COLFA Semester in Urbino has allowed graduate and undergraduate students majoring in areas as diverse as English, Psychology, Math and Engineering to take up residence at the University of Urbino (UNIURB) for 13 weeks of specialized courses, cultural activities and trips to some of Italy's most significant sites. Topics of study include art, music, drama, history, literature and Italian language in a curriculum designed and taught collaboratively by UTSA and UNIURB faculty.
During their time in Italy, students travel to Rome, Florence, Siena, Verona and Venice, as well as numerous other cities and towns throughout Italy. Participants are also given the opportunity to go hiking in the snowy Apennine Mountains, explore medieval castles nestled within the lush Italian countryside and bask in the Mediterranean sun on the beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
Registration is now open for Fall 2015 program.
September 9, 2014
Dr. Joycelyn Moody, Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature; Director, AALCI
For the past five years, the UTSA African American Literatures and Cultures Institute (AALCI), founded and directed by Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature Dr. Joycelyn Moody, has prepared talented undergraduate students from across the nation for graduate studies and, ultimately, faculty positions in African American literary studies.
The AALCI was created at the recommendation of an advisory council comprised of 10 of the nation's leading African American literary scholars. Each year, UTSA selects six to eight top applicants to participate in the three-week institute. Participants are provided with a $2,000 research stipend, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training.
September 3, 2014
UTSA alumna Rebecca Gomez
Department of Art and Art History alumna Rebecca Gomez has been hired as Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Congratulations Rebecca!
August 29, 2014
Dr. Melissa Wallace
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' Dr. Melissa Wallace has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Licensed Court Interpreter Advisory Board of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission.
The Court Interpreter Advisory Board is being constituted for the first time, and will advise legislators and the Office of Court Administration on issues related to identifying, documenting and prioritizing interpreting and language access concerns for Texas courts.
August 29, 2014
Dr. Joanna Lambert
Department of Anthropology's Dr. Joanna Lambert was granted the 2014 Distinguished Alum Award by Northern Illinois University (NIU).
Dr. Lambert received her B.S. in Anthropology and Biology from NIU in 1989 as well as her Masters in Biological Anthropology from the university in 1993.
She will be visiting NIU in DeKalb, Illinois in October for the award ceremony and dinner.
August 29, 2014
Department of Sociology's Dr. Gabriel Acevedo talks about his research on religion, health, and the perceptions of Islam in America.
August 29, 2014
Courtesy: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics
Sociology graduate student and UTSA football player Brandon Guerrero was one of 15 recipients of the $4,000 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award.
Brandon put in two years as linebacker for the Roadrunners, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a major in sociology and a minor in communications. He is continuing at UTSA to pursue a master's in sociology.
August 26, 2014
The Department of Music's Dr. Kasandra Keeling was awarded the 2014 American Prize for Piano Performance in the Concerto Division.
The prize was given in recognition of Dr. Keeling's recorded performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.
August 21, 2014
A team of researchers led by UTSA Psychology faculty recently received funding from the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. The three-year, approximately $640,000 project will focus on identifying variables likely to predict near and long term risk of violent behavior in military workplace settings as well as associated mental and physical health issues.
Of particular interest to the researchers are how individual-level stability (or instability) in emotional experience and social behavior and unit/workgroup-level climate can be used to predict physical assault, bullying, and sexual harassment in military settings and participants’ overall levels of substance abuse, suicidal ideation, general well being, and engagement in domestic violence.
The project is guided by the “I-cubed” model of aggression (Finkel et al., 2012). Following this model, the project treats aggression as a product of factors that impel individuals to aggress (e.g., “having a temper”), factors that instigate aggression (e.g., provocations), factors that either increase or decrease a person’s ability to inhibit aggressive urges (e.g., self-regulatory skills), and how these three kinds of factors interact with each other to predict violent behavior.
The full team consists of Drs. Michael R. Baumann (UTSA), Rebecca Weston (UTSA), Daniel J. Beal (formerly of UTSA and now at Virginia Tech), and Craig J. Bryan (University of Utah), and is overseen by Dr. Baumann.
July 31, 2014
"Invisible Bike," 2005, transparent acrylic except for chain and bearings, Jimmy Kuehnle
Department of Art and Art History alumni Chris Sauter ('96) and Jimmy Kuehnle ('06) will display their work in the "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
July 30, 2014
Dr. Catherine Clinton, Gilbert M. Denman
Endowed Professor in American History
The Department of History is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Catherine Clinton as the Gilbert M. Denman Endowed Professor in American History. Dr. Clinton is a pioneering historian of the American South and the Civil War. She is the author or editor of 14 books, including The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century, Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South, and Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom.
Her books Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life are among several that have been History Book Club selections. Dr. Clinton also has written history books for children, presented at numerous academic conferences, and served as a consultant to Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. In 2016, Dr. Clinton will hold the prestigious position of president of the Southern Historical Association. Dr. Clinton earned her B.A. from Harvard and Ph.D. from Princeton and has taught previously at the Citadel, Wesleyan, Brandeis, and, most recently, Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Dr. Clinton joins the faculty at an exciting time for the Department of History. With an emphasis on the study of “Empires, States, and Borders,” the Department is poised to become a leader in the state in the study of such topics as nation building, civil wars, and state formation and disintegration in a variety of geographic settings. Dr. Clinton will be an important contributor to this work.
Her appointment, coupled with the Nau Scholars program, established with a $1 million gift by John and Bobbie Nau to offer fellowship and scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, will help attract top students attract top students to UTSA and advance the university’s goal of becoming a top tier research institution.
July 30, 2014
Dr. Eve A. Browning, Chair, Department
of Philosophy and Classics
The Department of Philosophy and Classics is pleased to announce that Dr. Eve A. Browning (PhD., University of California-San Diego) will be joining the faculty as Chair in Fall 2014.
Dr. Browning is an award-winning teacher and scholar, and specializes in Ancient Philosophy.
Learn more about Dr. Browning here.
July 16, 2014
Jesus Figueroa Alcantar, pictured on the right.
Department of Anthropology student Jesus Figueroa Alcantar was featured on UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for being the first Texas student to participate in the Leadership Program for Indigenous Youth at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP).
Jesus is also founder of the UTSA Native American Student Association and is active in his community as a volunteer, Native American church member, and participant in local and national tribal ceremonies and events.
July 11, 2014
Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill
Department of Psychology Associate Professor Mary McNaughton-Cassill was featured on NPR's Morning Edition for her work on forms of stress brought on by exposure to news media.
July 3, 2014
250 high school students from across Texas were on campus attending the Department of Music's choir camp, a four-day program designed to prepare emerging singers for statewide competition.
June 25, 2014
Kristin Wilborn, a member of the inaugural cohort of the Psychology department’s doctoral program, was the recipient of an award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
June 12, 2014
Members of the Spirit of San Antonio wait for their baggage at the San Antonio airport.
The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band is back on campus after performing in France on an international stage before President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and national military leaders and veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
June 9, 2014
Ernest W. Bromley, CEO of Bromley Communications
CEO of San Antonio-based Bromley Communications Ernest W. Bromley and his wife Aimee Bromley have donated $250,000 to create the Ernest and Aimee Bromley Presidential Scholarships in the Liberal Arts.
Learn more on UTSA Giving.
May 30, 2014
Dr. Robert J. Hard
Department of Anthropology Professor Robert J. Hard received $20,000 to support his research project, "Reconstructing Holocene Paleoclimate in Southwestern New Mexico."
The award was one of six granted by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research's Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT) program.
May 23, 2014
The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio marching band has been selected as the official university band to represent the US and perform at the 70th anniversary World War II D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute to the Veterans in Normandy, France on June 6.
May 21, 2014
COLFA's psychology and communication undergraduate programs were ranked as the sixth and eighth highest in the US for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, along with architecture (no. 1), mathematics (no. 3), and criminal justice (no. 5).
May 12, 2014
Retired Art Professors Dennis Olsen and Meredith Dean
Artist couple Dennis Olsen and Meredith Dean are holding exhibitions of their work at REM Gallery through June 27; Flash Fictions (prints) and Polarities (mixed media), respectively.
May 7, 2014
From Left: Kara Sherwood, Dr. Sara DeTurk, Luis Rodriguez and Dr. Viviana Rojas
Two Communication students participated in UTSA’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase: Kara Sherwood presented her rhetorical analysis of “Infantilized Masculinity Portrayed in Television Advertisements” (conducted under the guidance of Sara DeTurk), and Luis Rodriguez presented his study, “The Fear of Writing: Understanding the Dangers of Reporting in Mexico” (under the guidance of Viviana Rojas).
May 5, 2014
Eleven students in the Department of Sociology's Master of Science program have been accepted into Ph.D. programs. Congratulations students!
Fall 2013 Ph.D. programs:
Fall 2014 Ph.D. programs:
May 2, 2014
On May 5, 2014, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (HSC) are announcing the formation of the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) Academy. The formation of this academy will herald in a new era of collaboration and multi-disciplinary research between these two institutions.
Established in 2003, researchers involved in SALSI have driven the expansion of new scientific knowledge throughout Texas and have enhanced the research, teaching and service missions of UTSA and HSC. This collaboration has enabled joint doctoral programs and research projects and has driven initiatives that stimulated the growth of the biomedical and biotechnology industries in San Antonio. SALSI has also fostered the commercialization of the products of research with institutional partners such as the Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
UTSA and HSC realized a need to further develop collaborative research, and created the SALSI Academy to serve as the focal point for a wide range of educational, scientific, and policy issues in the life sciences. Under the auspices of SALSI and with guidance from the leadership of the HSC and UTSA, the academy’s mission is to collaborate on joint studies that significantly contribute to solutions for healthcare challenges in Texas and the nation. The SALSI Academy will achieve its mission through faculty development programs, shared resources (core laboratories, etc.), and collaborative funding mechanisms.
"A cornerstone concept of the SALSI Academy is to build on the successes of the past to promote stellar, team science which capitalizes on the talented human investigators we have within each institution,” said Mark Nijland, assistant vice president for research at HSC.
The present global issues and challenges that research institutions are working to address are complex and occur at the intersection of disciplines. In order to advance research, creativity, and innovation, there must be an integration and convergence of disciplines. Several joint initiatives will be launched within SALSI to enhance interdisciplinary research collaborations, significantly raise the international research profile and competitiveness of UTSA and HSC, and foster excellence and innovation for both institutions.
Beginning May 5th, 2014, the SALSI Academy will accept proposals for its first joint initiative—the SALSI Innovation Challenge. The SALSI Innovation Challenge is designed to fund high risk, high reward studies that have the potential for ground-breaking research in targeted disease areas, such as diabetes and allergies, which impact the south Texas region. The proposed research should lead to technologies and innovations targeting public health issues and diseases of global impact.
“The SALSI Academy is an additional conduit to facilitate and promote cross collaborative research and training for faculty and students from both institutions,” said Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research at UTSA. “Through the SALSI Innovation Challenge, we can jumpstart this collaborative research with high-reward, high-gain research that will change our approach to health related issues.”
Funding from the SALSI Innovation Challenge will support early and conceptual stages of project development, and exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. The total maximum amount to be requested by researchers is $200,000 per award ($100,000 per institution), and it is anticipated that four projects will be funded.
May 2, 2014
Dr. Joshua Thurow
Department of Philosophy and Classics Assistant Professor Joshua Thurow has been granted a one-year Research Fellowship in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame for the 2014-15 school year. The Center offers, on a competitive basis, up to two research fellowships every year to scholars from around the world. The fellowships offer their recipients time and resources to work on a research project of their choice in the philosophy of religion. Dr. Thurow will be spending his year doing research on the following questions: how can collective wrongs be atoned for, how does atonement for collective wrongs relate to atonement for individual wrongs, and can the answers to the two previous questions be used to provide a new way of understanding the Christian doctrine of the atonement? He will be working on producing a book manuscript on these questions.
Dr. Thurow has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UTSA since 2012. Prior to arriving at UTSA, he taught at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD for four years. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dr. Thurow's main research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He has written various articles on a priori justification and knowledge, the epistemic significance of disagreement, the epistemic implications of the cognitive science of religion, free will, and moral intuitionism.
April 26, 2014
Please help spread the word that Dr. Seok Kang's study abroad course in Seoul, Korea is seeking crowdfunding support. Mobile Communications of the World will provide students with an opportunity to experience mobile communication across the world with particular emphasis on Korea.
The course is in need of additional funding in order to allow wider student participation and has set up a crowdfunding site to help spread the word and accept donations from the community.
April 24, 2014
Dr. Rhonda M. Gonzales
Rhonda M. Gonzales, associate professor in the Department of History, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2014–2015.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
April 16, 2014
A new Korean language credit course will be offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures beginning in Fall 2014. The course will take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on the Main Campus from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. (FL 1044, 4 credit hours).
Reasons to learn Korean:
For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (210) 458-5226, or the East Asia Institute at (210) 458-8550.
April 10, 2014
Communications student Andrew Garcia
Department of Communication student Andrew Garcia was featured on UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for his distinguished academic journey, which began at age 18 after a series of struggles with the law culminated in a judge suggesting he pursue a GED and channel his abilities in a more positive direction.
Today, Andrew sits on the board of the Public Relations Student Society of America and is among the most respected students in his department. He plans on pursuing a graduate degree at UTSA in the nonprofit or communication field.
April 9, 2014
Dr. Kristen Pellegrino
Department of Music Assistant Professor Kristen Pellegrino was honored with the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Early Career Paper Award in Music Education.
The award recognizes an outstanding music education paper presented at the AERA annual meeting by an early career music education researcher.
Dr. Pellegrino's research interests include music teacher identity, teacher education, and professional development. Her research includes her dissertation, “The Meanings and Values of Music-Making in the Lives of String Teachers: Exploring the Intersections of Music-making and Teaching” and articles that have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Arts Education Policy Review (AEPR), Contributions to Music Education (CME), and Journal of Music Teacher Education (JMTE). She is currently writing a chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education and wrote a chapter that will be published in Advances in Music Education Research (AMER).
April 3, 2014
Department of English student Alison Ochoa was one of three students across the UT System to be honored with a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Student Award in the Arts and Humanities through her work in short fiction.
Alison's selection for the award came after a rigorous selection process involving an external review committee of creative writing experts, making her accomplishment a truly remarkable one.
In addition to a monetary award, she will be recognized at the upcoming UT System Board of Regents' meeting in Austin.
April 3, 2014
Congratulations to Anthropology students Becky Dellacarpini and Gregorio Ortiz for their National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships!
The Department of Anthropology was the only department across the university to receive the prestigious fellowships, making for a total of six students from the department who are NSF Graduate Research Fellows.
April 1, 2014
Alejandro Camacho Abundez
Honors student Alejandro Camacho Abundez, who is pursuing a double major in public administration and political science, has taken Third Place in the 2014 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics competition. As a winner of the Wiesel Prize, Alex will receive $1500 and a free trip to New York next September to meet Elie Wiesel and Foundation staff.
The title of Alex’s essay is The New ‘Compromiso’ - Mexican Students Abroad in the U.S.: Exploring the Role of Foreign Student Ethics in National Loyalty. Alex worked closely with Honors College Distinguished Scholar John Phillip Santos in preparing the essay.
March 28, 2014
Nine distinguished faculty in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts received a University Excellence Award in recognition of their extraordinary achievements:
The University Excellence Awards Ceremony, honoring awardees university-wide, will be held on April 8, 2014.
March 27, 2014
Eight COLFA faculty received an Internal Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research in the amount of $5,000 each.
The awardees were Kathryn Brown (Anthropology), Sonia Alconini (Anthropology), William Short (Philosophy), Chris Hajek (Communication), Bryan Gervais (Political Science), Nazgol Bagheri (Geography), Kristen Pellegrino (Music), and Renee Cowan (Communication).
March 25, 2014
Thank you to all of the talented participants of the 14th Annual Spring Research Conference! This year, over 70 students presented high-quality research and creative works in an engaging multidisciplinary context.
A special congratulations goes out to the conference winners (see photos on the conference page):
1st Place, Erika Said White; 2nd Place, Trudi Carter; 3rd Place, Stephanie Almanza.
1st Place, Mary Dustin Estrada; 2nd Place, Sara Flores; 3rd Place, Larissa Abrego Hernandez.
1st Place, Janeth Martinez; 2nd Place, Kort Jackson; 3rd Place, Michael Ely.
1st Place, Prativa Upadhaya; 2nd Place, Ariana Trevino; 3rd Place, Alexis Haight.
1st Place, Justin Korver; 2nd Place, Brittany Ham; 3rd Place, Trent Hebert.
1st Place, Alyssa Rodriguez; 2nd Place, Ana Isabel Cantú; 3rd Place, Chris Ramos.
1st Place, Micah Bland; 2nd Place, Matthew Evans; 3rd Place, Derek Adam.
1st Place, Fabian Beltran; 2nd Place, Stefan Greenfield-Casas; 3rd Place, Gregory Obregon.
1st Place, Willie Hale; 2nd Place, Emily Lloyd; 3rd Place, Jennifer Torpie-Sweterlitsch.
1st Place, Trisha Hinojosa; 2nd Place, Lisa R. Oakes; 3rd Place, Danielle Chapa.
March 24, 2014
Of the 20 UTSA faculty who received a Special Summer Seed Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research, eight were COLFA faculty.
A $5,000 grant was awarded to each of the following faculty for their listed projects:
Read more on UTSA Today.
February 28, 2014
Students from the Department of Art and Art History drew a crowd last week at their 'New Sculpture' exhibit hosted by Northeast Lakeview College.
Read more on TheRanger.org.
February 26, 2014
As part of his fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Classics' Joel Christensen is featured on the online project Hour 25: A Sequel to The Ancient Greek Hero.
Dr. Christensen's collaboration on the site includes publishing a draft paper for students, hosting an online exchange, participating in a recorded conversation with scholar Elton Baker (Open University), and leading a live video discussion on Odysseus and Breaking Bad's Walter White.
February 24, 2014
Are you a college junior Interested in learning about what it takes to become a Professor of African American literary and cultural studies? Apply for the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute and receive a $2,000 stipend for participating in the summer program.
The Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training. The institute takes place June 1 - 25, 2014, and the application deadline is March 14, 2014.
Learn more and apply at the AALCI website.
February 19, 2014
Recent Department of Anthropology doctoral graduate Carla Pezzia was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for her work in helping to improve the lives of victims of alcoholism in Panajachel, Guatemala.
Read more on UTSA Today.
January 30, 2014
Department of Sociology adjunct Tamara Casso was nominated by one of her students to receive a UTSA Amber Award. Her student will present the award to her at the Amber Awards Dinner on February 13, giving a talk about her positive influence on his academic journey.
January 30, 2014
Jason Roberts in New Hanover Island (2012)
Department of Anthropology Ph.D. student Jason Roberts received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for his doctoral research project, The Political Ecology of Post-logging Livelihoods and Landscapes on New Hanover Island, Papua New Guinea. The grant will allow him to conduct 14 months of ethnographic and ecological research in Papua New Guinea.
January 28, 2014
Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Aida Ramos-Wada, who joined UTSA in Fall 2013, received an $8,000 fellowship from the Lilly Endowment to study Latino Protestant Congregations.
Visit the LPC Project site for details about the fellowship.
January 28, 2014
The Master of Arts Degree in Communication offered by the Department of Communication was among seven graduate programs at UTSA recongized by Eduniversal International Scientific Committee's Best Masters Ranking 2013-2014.
Read more at the San Antonio Business Journal.
January 3, 2014
Three COLFA students were awarded with a Spring 2014 Office of Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Congratulations to Victoria Olivio (Psychology), Shane Jones (Sociology) and Evelyn Head (Communication)!
Victoria Olivo was also featured in Ovations Magazine. Read her story here.
January 2, 2014
The late registration deadline for COLFA's annual Spring Research Conference is January 23, 2014. Apply online today for a chance to gain valuable presentation experience and win monetary awards!
The one-day event includes sections for research papers, posters, multimedia presentations, creative writing, art, and musical performance and concludes with an awards ceremony where outstanding contributions in all categories are recognized.
December 16, 2013
Dr. Christensen at the APA Award Ceremony
Department of Philosophy and Classics Associate Professor Joel P. Christensen was awarded the highly prestigious 2013 American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level. The APA honored his exceptional teaching work on a broad range of courses on the ancient world as well as his true dedication to student development.
December 9, 2013
The Center for Archeological Research is investigating artifacts from a site believed to be the location of San Antonio's first Spanish colonial mission.
Read more on mySA.
December 4, 2013
Applications are being accepted for the Nau Graduate Fellowship in History. Five to seven students will be selected to receive $8,000 to $12,000 each per year. Interested students are invited to apply online prior to the application deadline of February 17, 2014.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
November 27, 2013
Jill Graper Hernandez
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jill Hernandez received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project, “Acquainted with Grief: Early Modern Feminist Conceptions of God, Evil, and Theodicy.” The book will examine responses to the problem of evil from the perspective of early modern female scholars.
November 25, 2013
Associate Professor of History Patrick J. Kelly published an op-ed piece on the Civil War in The New York Times, and collegue James Schneider published an essay in the Express News in connection with last week's John F. Kennedy tributes.
November 25, 2013
Junior political science major Hannah Roe Beck became the first UTSA student to win the Ed Whitacre Scholarship awarded by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
The $10,000 scholarship is awarded every year to college juniors in the San Antonio area who demonstrate excellence in leadership. Hannah will be honored at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, and will be paired with a mentor through the Chamber.
November 22, 2013
Department of Psychology Associate Professor Mary McNaughton-Cassill published Mind the Gap: Coping with Stress in the Modern World, a textbook that explores the stresses of modern life and explains how thoughts and feelings can both create and bridge the gap between what people have and what they want.
Read more on UTSA Today.
November 22, 2013
Do you want to start a successful international career? Do you want to travel the world? Do you want to solve global conflicts? Do you want to engage in life-changing experiences? Well, we might not make you the next James Bond but a BA degree in Global Affairs will provide you with everything else you need to succeed!
Globalization affects all of us, in positive and negative ways. Global terrorism, new wars, genocide and ethnic cleansings, climate change, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction all challenge our security as global citizens. At the same time, new technologies and a global economy offer us new opportunities for global welfare and development.
It is a whole new world out there waiting to be studied.
Effective immediately, the Department of Political Science & Geography offers a new Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs to provide students with the tools to understand, shape, and change world politics.
Graduating with this degree will open job opportunities and career options in:
Successful completion of the degree also qualifies you to continue your academic career in law school or with a master degree building on your newly gained knowledge! It truly is a unique chance as there is no other such degree in the Texan public university system!
The world needs students who understand global affairs and who also want to shape and change it for the better. Educating those students and preparing them for the challenges of a globalized world is the mission statement of our new degree. And even if your goal is not to become the next special agent, we can still make you the next UN Secretary-General or the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor…
Global challenges await – do you have what it takes to manage them?
November 22, 2013
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University cordially invites abstract submissions to its inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language to be held on February 21-22, 2014. Abstracts will be selected for 20-minute presentations (with 10 minutes for discussion) as well as for poster presentations.
Abstracts will be accepted (in Spanish or English) from researchers, teachers, and students representing all viewpoints and subfields of study to share, discuss, and explore both theoretical and practical knowledge in any area of Spanish Heritage Bilingual Development.
Concurrent with the conference on Saturday, a workshop will be hosted that aims to explore best and most effective practices on teaching Spanish to heritage language learners. The main goal of this workshop is to provide the participants with the tools to foster and encourage social, linguistic and cultural diversity.
All student presenters will be eligible for consideration for a most promising scholar award.
Call deadline: December 1st, 2013
Notification of acceptance: December 20th, 2013
Abstract Submission: Authors are asked to submit their anonymous abstracts via the Easy Abstracts submission site. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Tables, examples, and references may be included on a second page. No more than two abstracts per person should be submitted, with no more than one as first or sole author.
For more information, contact the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 21, 2013
Top: Willie Hale, Department of Psychology Ph.D. student. Bottom: Sean Vina, Department of Sociology Master's student.
Two COLFA graduate students were among the six winners of this semester's Ready, Set, Research! competition: Willie Hale (Psychology) and Sean Vina (Sociology).
Willie came in first place in the Doctoral category and Sean came in second place in the Master's category, proving that the liberal arts can play a starring role in tier-one level research.
Congratulations to these talented researchers!
November 20, 2013
Department of Music assistant professor Ethan Wickman was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for his work on "Let the Word Go Forth," a musical tribute to John F. Kennedy.
Read the full story on UTSA Today.
November 18, 2013
The UTSA PRSSA chapter was honored with the Star Chapter Award by the national Public Relations Student Society of America. Ariana Trevino, the chapter's president, was also awarded the PRSSA Gary Yoshimura Scholarship.
November 13, 2013
Department of Philosophy and Classics Associate Professor Joel Christensen will receive the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level.
The award will be presented at the Plenary Session of the APA's 2014 Annual Meeting on January 4, 2014.
Visit the APA website for a list of past award winners.
November 4, 2013
Department of Anthropology Professor Joanna Lambert was named a Fellow of the highly prestigious Royal Linnean Society of London. Founded in 1778, the Linnean Society is the oldest active natural history and biology society in the world, as well as the leading institution for the study of taxonomy and natural history.
The Society is named in honor of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. The Patron of the Society is HRM Queen Elizabeth II, and other Fellows include Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
November 1, 2013
The Mexico Center is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 competition for the UTSA Mexico Center Educational Research Fellowship.
This fellowship provides financial assistance for student/faculty research projects on Mexico-related topics that need time in Mexico to do field work or consultation at a university or research center.
Awards will be announced in January 2014.
Read more on UTSA Today.
November 1, 2013
Over 200 COLFA students were selected for membership in the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi based on their outstanding academic achievements. Those who accept the invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society, will be recognized at an induction ceremony on Dec. 4 at the UTSA Main Campus.
October 22, 2013
COLFA alum Carla Pezzia won the highly competitive 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology in August after succesfully defending her dissertation, "The Sober Self: Discourse and Identity of Recovering Alcoholics in the Western Highlands of Guatemala."
October 17, 2013
UTSA East Asia Institute's Mimi Yu and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' Sulin Su will establish the new program.
The Taiwan Academy recently awarded UTSA a $20,000 grant to host the Taiwan Series to promote Taiwan/Sinology studies.
UTSA’s Taiwan Series is comprised of a seminar series, lecture series, film festival, visiting artist workshop series, an art tour to the San Antonio Museum of Art, a Sinology Trivia Contest and establishing a Taiwan Learning Resources Center within the East Asia Institute at UTSA.
Mimi Yu, Lecturer of Japanese and associate director of the East Asia Institute is one of the two principal investigators of the grant.
“We are very excited about this funding opportunity as it will bring many Sinology-related events to our campus,” Yu said. “Chinese language, society, culture, religions, architecture, history, arts, customs, and traditions will be introduced to the San Antonio community through the Taiwan Series.”
Sulin Su, Lecturer of Chinese of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is the other principal investigator of the grant. “We are certain Taiwan Series will inspire our students to take interest in learning more about Taiwan within the context of Asia,” said Su. “Taiwan and Texas share many similarities and Taiwan has been a big collaborator with Texas in terms of its economic development.”
"We hope the Taiwan Series will help promote understanding of Taiwan and thus inspire the study and research of Sinology at UTSA and in San Antonio," said Julius Gribou, interim director of the East Asia Institute and Executive Vice Provost. "Bringing educational programming like this to UTSA is a great way to globalize our campus culture."
The grand opening of the Taiwan Series will coincide with the Taiwan Film Festival to be held on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. The campus community is invited to the reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the public screening of Cape No. 7 to be followed by a short lecture and panel discussion featuring UTSA’s Taiwan specialist Dr. Thomas Bellows of the Department of Political Science and Geography.
Taiwan and Sinology Seminars are held on Oct. 11, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 25 in the Main Bldg. room 1.209.
Taiwan Lecture Series are held on Oct. 22 (MB 0.106) and Nov. 26 (MB 4.106).
Taiwan Film Series and Festival are scheduled on Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12. All three films will be publicly screened in MB 0.106.
Art tour to the San Antonio Museum of Art is set to happen on Oct. 27 that will feature the Chinese art collection at the museum with a narrated tour specially designed for the Taiwan Series. Sign up can be done at the East Asia Institute’s homepage.
Sinology and Chinese Culture Booths will also be available on Nov. 13 during the International Educational Week (IEW) at the University Center Paseo area.
Visiting Artist Workshop Series are held on Nov. 14 during the International Education Week featuring two calligraphy and ink painting experts Chuan Chang and Shih-chioun Hsiao from Taiwan with a hands-on workshop.
Also available during the IEW is the Sinology Trivia Contest and Video Contest. Call for submissions will be announced on the East Asia Institute’s homepage soon.
All of the Taiwan Series events are free and open to the public. For detailed information about the series, see the East Asia Institute website or contact the EAI office at email@example.com or 210.458.4943.
October 17, 2013
Department of Music's Michelle Pietri and William McCrary
Department of Music's Michelle Pietri and William McCrary will receive the prestigious Jasmina Wellinghoff Award given by the Alamo Theatre Arts Council for their work with the UTSA Lyric Theatre Program.
Read more on mySA.
October 17, 2013
The Department of Art and Art History and the Honors College are offering a new course this Fall titled "Art and Neuroscience." Taught by neuroscientist Donald Robin and artist Megan Harrison, the course looks at the effect of artistic processes on the brain and senses.
Read more on UTSA Today.
October 17, 2013
Department of Psychology's Dr. Ephrem Fernandez examines anger dysfunction in his new edited volume Treatments for Anger in Specific Populations, publshed by Oxford University Press.
Read more on UTSA Today.
October 8, 2013
The Account Control Technology Foundation's ACT Second-Year Scholarship Program is offering 25 $1,000 scholarships to qualifying sophomores nationwide.
The application deadline is October 15, 2013.
For details, visit the ACT website.
October 1, 2013
Thankam Sunil is program director of Oh Snap!
Department of Sociology's Dr. Thankam Sunil received $900,000 in funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) for his new Oh Snap! aids and substance abuse prevention program. The funding will enable the program to provide integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention services to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and other minority young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are enrolled at UTSA.
Dr. Sunil, who serves as the director of the Institute for Health Disparities Research, developed the program in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and local minority serving community-based organizations.
Following is the project's abstract:
Oh Snap! is a collaborative effort between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio- Division of Community Pediatrics (CP), and minority serving Community-Based Organizations- Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS Coalition Trust (BEAT AIDS) and San Antonio Fighting Back , Inc. (SAFB) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among minority young adults. The project will provide an integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention by utilizing a comprehensive array of evidence-based substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies, including implementing culturally competent education curricula, HIV testing services, and environmental prevention strategies developed under a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
September 27, 2013
Students walk by the new statue, temporarily housed in the Main Campus' University Center.
The 1,000-pound iron statue of Rowdy the Roadrunner arrived on campus last Thursday and awaits its permanent location, which students can vote on.
Read the full story on mySA.
September 23, 2013
Photo by Steve Stewart (Vietnam)
The submission deadline for the UTSA International Photo Competition is October 1. Winners will receive prizes and their entries will be displayed in the University Center's Gallery 23.
Learn more at UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
Nearly half of the 42 UTSA faculty members that earned tenure, promotion, and emeritus status this Fall semester are faculty in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Read more and view the full list of promotions on UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
The UTSA Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholars Program is seeking applicants for its Ph.D. preparation program. The program serves students from underrepresented communities who are interested in pursuing doctorate studies.
Read more on UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
Matthew Duarte is the editor-in-chief of The Paisano
Political Science and Geography major Matthew Duarte was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment. Read the full story here.
March 6, 2013
Photo courtesy of Anwei Chen
Click HERE to read an article about '08 COLFA Graduate Anwei Chen who was the visual effects production manager for Beasts of the Southern Wild, the Sundance-winning 2012 film that snagged four Oscar nominations this year.
February 22, 2013
President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors John L. Nau III and his wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Nau, have pledged $1 million over the next five years to establish the Nau Scholars Program Fund in the Deaprtment of History. The fund will help UTSA recruit and support talented undergraduate and master's students in history. See below for more infromation and application links.
- The Nau Undergraduate Scholarship is open to current undergraduate students in the UTSA History program.
- 6-12 students will be selected as Nau Scholars to receive awards of $5,000 to $10,000 each for the academic year 2013-2014.
- The Nau Graduate Fellowship is open to newly admitted graduate students enrolled in the M.A. Program in History Students must not have completed any graduate history courses at UTSA .
- 5-7 students will be selected as Nau Fellows to receive $8,000 to $12,000 each for the academic year 2013-2014.
- Graduate fellowships are available for students with scholarly interests in all areas of history. We strongly encourage applications from students interested in studying diverse temporal, geographic, and thematic fields.
- Students with an interest in the U.S. Civil War Era and Texas History (including borderlands history) may complete additional requirements to be eligible for a two-year funding package that will include a Teaching Assistantship the second year. Two multi-year packages will be awarded to students in these fields.
- Recipients of the two-year package could receive an additional award of $10,000 to $16,000 for the 2nd year award provided recipients meet the minimum award requirements each semester and commit to a Teaching Assistantship in the department in the second year. The total award package could be between $18,000 to $28,000 over two years.
- The Nau Teaching Assistantship is open to students enrolled in the UTSA M.A. Program in History for the full academic year 2013-2014. 4-6 Teaching Assistants will be selected to work up to 19 hours per week assisting faculty mostly in upper division history courses.
- Teaching assistants will receive $10,000 to $16,000 per year and will be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
- Two Teaching Assistantships are reserved for applicants whose demonstrated research interest focuses on one of two fields: (1) Texas History (including borderlands history), or (2) 19th Century, United States Civil War Era.
- Teaching Assistantships are also available for students with scholarly interests outside of the subjects of 19th Century U.S. Civil War or the History of Texas; we strongly encourage applications from diverse temporal, geographic, and thematic fields.
October 15, 2012
AKD donates items to refugee students in SA
Two local elementary schools educating refugees, Glenoaks and Colonies North, received more than 100 pairs of pants, 115 shirts, 75 toothbrushes, 75 tubes of toothpaste, 48 packages of undergarments, 29 packages of socks and 18 belts Friday from the UTSA-based Alpha Xi chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society.
September 10, 2012
Delegates from the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program tour the Center for Archeological Research
COLFA’s Center for Archaeological Research hosted an international archeological delegation as part of the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants from a wide range of countries came to discuss cultural preservations methods in the face of widespread urban development.
Read the full story on UTSA Today.
August 28, 2012
Yesterday COLFA held its college-specific orientation for freshmen as part of the UTSA Roadrunner Days (August 24-31), a one-week event designed to equip new students with the tools for a successful college career. Department-specific stands were available in the McKinney Humanities Building lobby following the orientation presentation to acquaint students with the wealth of disciplines offered by the college.
There are still plenty of fun and interesting events on the agenda… learn more on the Roadrunner Days website!
August 22, 2012
This summer, while excavating a project for the San Antonio River Authority, The Center for Archeological Research (CAR) uncovered burnt clay pieces that may have been part of a jacal-type structure (a hut with a thatched roof and walls consisting of thin stakes).
CAR members are conducting some basic experimental archaeology by reconstructing the jacal structure to then burn it down, in order to interpret what exactly they are excavating in the archeological site located in south Bexar County along the San Antonio River.
Visit the CAR webiste.
August 22, 2012
For the second year in a row, The Department of English Ph.D. program was named a Finalist in the Excelencia in Education awards competition. Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record Dr. Jeanne C. Reesman will travel to Washington, DC on October 2 to represent UTSA and receive the award during a ceremony at the Capitol building.
The program was originally nominated by the previous Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Norma Cantú (now retired), who wrote the grant along with Dr. Reesman.
Read last year’s story on the English Ph.D. program’s receipt of the Excelencia award.
July 30, 2012
Founding Dean of UTSA's College of Fine and Applied Arts Jacinto Quirarte.
Jacinto Quirarte, Professor Emeritus and founding Dean of the former College of Fine and Applied Arts (now COLFA), died on July 20 at 80 years of age. Dr. Quirarte was a recognized expert on pre-Columbian art history and an influential figure in the Chicano art movement, as well as one of UTSA’s founding fathers in the field of fine arts.
July 3, 2012
Andrew Oberle at the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Eden.
Last Thursday, June 28, Anthropology graduate student Andrew Oberle was tragically mauled by chimpanzees at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. Andrew is being treated at a local hospital, where he’s been operated on twice and is thankfully recovering despite serious injuries.
Friends of Andrew have responded by launching an online donation drive to help pay for travel and medical expenses, as well as a Help Andrew Oberle Facebook page to raise awareness of Andrew’s cause. Please spread the word to your friends and consider making a donation.
Learn more at mySA.com.
June 28, 2012
Department of English Assistant Professor Dr. David Vance was awarded the 2012 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award for his book manuscript Stupor, due for publication in 2013.
Learn more at Elixir Press.
June 28, 2012
Department of Music Associate Professor Dr. William McCrary, who directed “The Secret Garden” for the UTSA Lyric Opera last year, returns to the director’s seat this year for a run with the Harlequin Dinner Theatre.
Read the full story on mySA.
June 22, 2012
Victor Hernandez speaking at an award ceremony for UTSA's East Asia-Pacific Institute essay competition
Recent COLFA graduate Carolina Canizales (who we wrote about last month) landed an internship at the independent San Antonio news site The Rivard Report, where she’s gotten started by writing Victor Hernandez’s Journey of Words, a fascinating article about fellow distinguished COLFA student Victor Hugo Hernandez-Jayme’s remarkable path of scholarly activism.
To learn more about Victor, also read our previous post about his receipt of the prestigious Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics.
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