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Learn Korean at UTSA

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).

View the course flyer →

Reasons to learn Korean:

  • Top military intelligence priority language.
  • Teaching opportunities through TaLK and EPIK (UTSA has an agreement with the programs and has sent 20 students to teach English in Korea in the last 2.5 years).
  • Korea is the 12th largest economy in the world and 3rd largest in Asia.
  • Korea is Texas' 5th largest trading partner.
  • Study abroad scholarships available from the Korean government.
  • Increases job opportunities in business and government sectors.
  • Deepens understanding of Korean pop culture.
  • Strategic location geographically for providing Asia's stability.

For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (210) 458-5226, or the East Asia Institute at (210) 458-8550.

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Communications Student Andrew Garcia Featured on Meet a Roadrunner

April 10, 2014

Communications student Andrew Garcia

Communications student Andrew Garcia

Department of Anthropology 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.

Learn more about Andrew on UTSA Today →

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Kristen Pellegrino Receives AERA Outstanding Early Career Award

April 9, 2014

Dr. Kristen Pellegrino

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).

Learn more about Dr. Pellegrino →

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Student Alison Ochoa Receives UT System Regents’ Outstanding Student Award

April 3, 2014

Alison Ochoa

Alison Ochoa

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.

Learn more about the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities →

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Anthropology Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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.

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COLFA Student Alejandro Camacho Abundez Wins Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

April 1, 2014

Alejandro Camacho Abundez

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.

Read more on mySA →

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Faculty Honored with University Excellence Awards

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:

  • Gabriel Acevedo (Sociology), Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduates Award
  • Kathryn Brown (Anthropology), President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Jennifer Dilley (History), Quantitative Literacy Program Faculty Excellence Award
  • James Dykes (Psychology), President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service
  • Kolleen Guy (History), The Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Bonnie Lyons (English), President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Performance, Creative Production, or Other Scholarly Achievement
  • Rebekah E. Smith (Psychology), President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement
  • Debora Wagner (Anthropology), President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Jason Yaeger (Anthropology), The Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

The University Excellence Awards Ceremony, honoring awardees university-wide, will be held on April 8, 2014.

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Eight COLFA Faculty Receive INTRA Grant

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).

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14th Annual Spring Research Conference Winners

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):

Creative Writing, Graduate

1st Place, Erika Said White; 2nd Place, Trudi Carter; 3rd Place, Stephanie Almanza.

Creative Writing, Undergraduate

1st Place, Mary Dustin Estrada; 2nd Place, Sara Flores; 3rd Place, Larissa Abrego Hernandez.

Research Paper, Graduate

1st Place, Janeth Martinez; 2nd Place, Kort Jackson; 3rd Place, Michael Ely.

Research Paper, Undergraduate

1st Place, Prativa Upadhaya; 2nd Place, Ariana Trevino; 3rd Place, Alexis Haight.

Work of Art, Graduate

1st Place, Justin Korver; 2nd Place, Brittany Ham; 3rd Place, Trent Hebert.

Work of Art, Undergraduate

1st Place, Alyssa Rodriguez; 2nd Place, Ana Isabel Cantú; 3rd Place, Chris Ramos.

Music, Graduate

1st Place, Micah Bland; 2nd Place, Matthew Evans; 3rd Place, Derek Adam.

Music, Undergraduate

1st Place, Fabian Beltran; 2nd Place, Stefan Greenfield-Casas; 3rd Place, Gregory Obregon.

Research Poster, Graduate

1st Place, Willie Hale; 2nd Place, Emily Lloyd; 3rd Place, Jennifer Torpie-Sweterlitsch.

Research Poster, Undergraduate

1st Place, Trisha Hinojosa; 2nd Place, Lisa R. Oakes; 3rd Place, Danielle Chapa.

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COLFA Faculty Constitute Nearly Half of UTSA Special Summer SEED Grant Awardees

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: 

  • Jason Yaeger (Anthropology): Competition, Warfare, and the Rise and Fall of Late Classic Maya Kingdoms
  • Ethan Wickman (Music): Helios: A Concerto for Flute and Percussion Ensemble
  • Robert Hard (Anthropology): Ancient Maize Agriculture on the New Mexico Borderland
  • Melanie Stine (Political Science & Geography): Geomorphology of Southern Appalachian Peatlands
  • Aida Ramos-Wada (Sociology): A Matter of the Heart: Covariates and Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion
  • Xiaohe Xu (Sociology): Post-divorce Cohabitation and Remarriage: Does Religion Matter?
  • Bernadette Andrea (English): Recovering and Re-Mapping Leo Africanus’s Mediterranean World in English Renaissance Discourses of Empire
  • Joanna Lambert (Anthropology): Energy Rich Food & The Ability To Carry It: Implications For Interpreting Primate Evolutionary Success

Read more on UTSA Today.

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Graduate Sculpture Students Present ‘New Sculpture’ at Northeast Lakeview College

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.

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Joel Christensen Featured on Harvard University’s Hour 25

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.

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Apply Now for the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

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.

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Anthropology Alum Carla Pezzia Featured on Meet a Roadrunner

February 19, 2014

Carla Pezzia

Carla Pezzia

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.

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Tamara Casso Nominated for UTSA Amber Award

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.

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Doctoral Student Jason Roberts Receives National Science Foundation Grant

January 30, 2014

Jason Roberts in New Hanover Island (2012)

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.

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Dr. Aida Ramos-Wada Receives $8,000 Fellowship

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.

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M.A. in Communication Among 7 Nationally-Ranked UTSA Grad Programs

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.

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COLFA Students Receive Research Scholarship

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.

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Apply for the Spring Research Conference

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.

Learn more →

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Joel Christensen Honored with APA Award for Excellence in Teaching

December 16, 2013

Dr. Christensen at the APA Award Ceremony

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.

Read the American Philological Association's glowing citation of Dr. Christensen →

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UTSA Archeologists Lead Search for San Antonio’s First Mission

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.

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Graduate History Fellowship Accepting Applications

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.

View the fellowship flyer →

For more information, please email history@utsa.edu.

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Jill Hernandez Wins NEH Grant

November 27, 2013

Jill Graper Hernandez

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.

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History Faculty in the Media

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.

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Hannah Roe Beck is Awarded $10,000 Ed Whitacre Scholarship

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.

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Mary McNaughton-Cassill Publishes New Book on Stress in the Modern World

November 22, 2013

Mary McNaughton-Cassill

Mary McNaughton-Cassill

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.

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New Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs Now Available

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:

  • Foreign Service
  • international humanitarian organizations
  • national and international security agencies
  • development and trade agencies
  • other public and private, profit and non-profit organizations around the world

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?

To find out more, visit the Department of Political Science and Geography website or contact the department by email (andrea.aleman@utsa.edu) or phone (210-458-4627).

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Call for Papers: Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language

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.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Dr. Marta Fairclough, University of Houston
  • Dr. Kim Potowski, University of Illinois at Chicago

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 cmll.spanish.heritage@ttu.edu.

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COLFA Students Win at Ready, Set, Research! Competition

November 21, 2013

Top: Willie Hale, Department of Psychology Ph.D. student. Bottom: Sean Vina, Department of Sociology Master's student.

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!

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Ethan Wickman Featured on Meet a Roadrunner

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.

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PRSSA Honors UTSA Chapter

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.

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Joel Christensen to Receive APA Award for Excellence in Teaching

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.

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Joanna Lambert Named Fellow of the Royal Linnean Society of London

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.

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Mexico Center Educational Research Fellowship

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.

Download application form →

Eligibility

  • Current UTSA faculty members and currently enrolled students in any department or discipline.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Previous recipients of the Mexico Center fellowship are eligible to apply.

Awards will be announced in January 2014.

Read more on UTSA Today.

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COLFA Students Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi

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.

View the full list →

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COLFA Alum Carla Pezzia Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

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."

Congratulations Carla!

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UTSA Receives $20,000 Grant to Establish Taiwan Series Cultural Learning Program

October 17, 2013

UTSA East Asia Institute's Mimi Yu and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' Sulin Su will establish the new program.

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 eai@utsa.edu or 210.458.4943.

→ View the Taiwan Series Events Calendar

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William McCrary and Michelle Pietri Receive Alamo Globe Award

October 17, 2013

Department of Music's Michelle Pietri and William McCrary

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.

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Department of Art and Art History Offers New Course on Art and Neuroscience

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.

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Ephrem Fernandez Publishes Book on Anger Research

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.

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Account Control Technology Scholarship Offers $1,000

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.

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Oh Snap! Health Program Receives $900,000 in Funding

October 1, 2013

Thankam Sunil is program director of Oh Snap!

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:

Project Summary

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).

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Rowdy Statue Lands on Campus After a Long Journey

September 27, 2013

Students walk by the new statue, temporarily housed in the Main Campus' University Center.

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.

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International Photo Competition Accepting Entries

September 23, 2013

Photo by Steve Stewart (Vietnam)

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.

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17 COLFA Faculty Earn Tenure and Emeritus Status

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.

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Students Encouraged to Apply for Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

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.

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COLFA Student Mattew Duarte Featured on “Meet a Roadrunner”

September 20, 2013

Matthew Duarte is the editor-in-chief of The Paisano

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.

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Communications Alum Worked on Oscar-nominated Film

March 6, 2013

Photo courtesy of Anwei Chen

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.

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Nau Scholars Program in History

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.

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Sociological Honor Society Helps Refugee Children in San Antonio

October 15, 2012

AKD donates items to refugee students in SA

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.

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Center for Archeological Research Hosts International Delegation

September 10, 2012

Delegates from the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program tour the Center for Archeological Research

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.

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Welcome Class of 2016!

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!

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Center for Archeological Research Conducts Jacal Hut Experiment

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.

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English Ph.D. Program Consecutive Excelencia Finalist

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.

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UTSA Fine Arts Founding Father Jacinto Quirarte Passes at 80

July 30, 2012

Founding Dean of UTSA's College of Fine and Applied Arts Jacinto Quirarte.

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.

Read an article about Dr. Quirarte on mySA, or click here to view his obituary.

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Help Support Andrew Oberle

July 3, 2012

Andrew Oberle at the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Eden.

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.

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Dr. David Vance Wins Elixir Press Award

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.

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Dr. William McCrary Directs “The Secret Garden”

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.

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Victor Hernandez Receives National Recognition for His Writing

June 22, 2012

Victor Hernandez speaking at an award ceremony for UTSA's East Asia-Pacific Institute essay competition

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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Dean Gelo Meets with Comanche Elders at Fort Hood

June 18, 2012

Dean Gelo observes as Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag presents a shawl to Comanche elder Beverly Isaacs.

Dean Gelo observes as Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag presents a shawl to Comanche elder Beverly Isaacs.

College Dean and Professor of Anthropology Dan Gelo participated in a significant cultural exchange last month between 25 Comanche Nation elders and the Fort Hood Cultural Resource Management Team, an organization devoted to identifying cultural and historic properties in Fort Hood for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

As a leading scholar on the Comanche Nation, Dr. Gelo lectured to attendees at Fort Hood and took part in ceremonial activities including the presentation of traditional shawls to Comanche elders by the garrison command.

Participants expect the event will serve as a model for future historical preservation endeavors involving Native American culture. Dr. Gelo agreed, noting that the project’s pioneering value lies in the bringing together of “archaeology, archival history, Native oral history and the knowledge of present-day tribal elders.”

Via the Fort Hood Sentinel.

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SMPS Donates $8,000 for Communication Scholarship

June 5, 2012

Kyle Briegel, President of the student chapter of SMPS at UTSA (far left), Greg Smith, Jamail & Smith Construction.

Kyle Briegel, President of the student chapter of SMPS at UTSA (far left), Greg Smith, Jamail & Smith Construction.

The Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) San Antonio held a fundraiser event for the SMPS Striving for Excellence in Communication Scholarship, raising $8,000 and giving students the opportunity to apply for the scholarship.

Read the full story or learn more about the SMPS Scholarship on the Communication site.

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English Student Receives Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics

May 31, 2012

English major Victor Hugo Hernandez-Jayme came in second place for the extremely competitive Prize in Ethics awarded by The Elie Wiesel Foundation. The award was given in recognition of Victor’s essay, “The Uninformed Merchants of Death: Exploring the Role of Consumer Ethics in the War on Drugs.”

Victor will be flying to New York to receive the prize (which includes a $2,500 award) from Mr. Wiesel himself, who established his foundation shortly after winning the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize. This marks the first time the prize is given to a student at a university in San Antonio and the first time it is awarded to a Hispanic in the last ten years.

Read the full article on UTSA Today.

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Countering Culture in the Texas Hill Country

May 24, 2012

A billboard supporting atheism by the Washington, DC-based United Coalition of Reason.

A billboard supporting atheism by the Washington, DC-based United Coalition of Reason.

Department of Philosophy and Classics Lecturer Oak DeBerg describes his experience as an outspoken atheist in the conservative hot bed of the Texas Hill Country.

Read the article on mySA.

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New Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition

May 21, 2012

The Department of English will launch a new certificate program in the Fall 2012 semester. The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition will be a 12 credit hour concentration with coursework in advanced, interdisciplinary study of language and language instruction for graduate students.

The program will be of particular interest to doctoral students focusing on one of the two areas of emphasis in UTSA’s Ph.D. program, Rhetoric and Composition.

Learn more about the certificate at the Graduate School.

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Dr. John Morris Receives Piper Professor Award

May 16, 2012

Department of Political Science and Geography professor Dr. John Miller Morris was selected as the 2012 Piper Professor by the San Antonio–based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which recognizes outstanding professors annually from across the state.

Read the full story on UTSA Today.

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Voice Students Perform at Memorial

May 4, 2012

Dr. Omid Rahimi at UT Health Science Center's human dissection lab.

Dr. Omid Rahimi at UT Health Science Center's human dissection lab.

Last Tuesday, graduate voice pedagogy students in the Department of Music sang at a memorial service for body donors at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The performance was part of a novel exchange between the sister institutions that allowed UTSA voice students to work with human bodies in UTHSCSA’s dissection lab – “a life changing experience for us all,” in the words of Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy John Nix.

Dr. Omid Rahimi, Distinguished Teaching Professor at UTHSCSA, said of the event: “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response from attendants at the burial of ashes ceremony… without a doubt your participation in the event significantly contributed to its success. Thank you so much for your wonderful performance alongside your exemplary group of vocal graduate students. Your students provided an experience that the donor’s family members and our students will long remember. The combination of the procession and the music performed by you and your students left few eyes without tears.”

Professor Nix and Dr. Rahimi plan to make the exchange an annual event.

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COLFA Students Receive Archer Fellowship

May 1, 2012

COLFA students Daniel Crotty (History / English), Adriana Hernandez (Political Science and Geography), Jamie Johnson (Political Science and Geography), Autumn Lansford (Political Science and Geography / Modern Languages and Literatures), Emily Nasir (Political Science and Geography) and Charles Wilkinson (Political Science and Geography) were accepted into the Bill Archer Fellowship Program for 2012-13.

The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics, and persuasion.

Read more about the program here.

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Christian Arredondo to Intern at Columbia University

April 30, 2012

The Department of Sociology’s first Public Health student, Christian Arredondo, was accepted into Columbia University Medical Center’s highly competitive Summer Public Health Scholars Program. The major emphasis of the CUMC SPHSP is to focus on academic and professional development within the field of public health.

Congratulations Christian!

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African American Studies Symposium Turns 5

April 30, 2012

Students register to attend the conference.

Students register to attend the conference.

The 5th Annual African American Studies Symposium was held Tuesday, April 12 at the UTSA Main Campus Denman Ballroom.

Presenters from across the country participated in this dynamic event, including keynote speaker Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress” (Walker, 2010).

The African American Studies Symposium is held every year and serves to provide a voice that expresses the Black presence at UTSA and beyond to positively affect the role of Blacks in America.

For more information, visit the AASS website.

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Dr. Sonja Lanehart in “Talking Black in America” Documentary

April 24, 2012

Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities Dr. Sonja Lanehart has been invited to collaborate on a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant for the production of the documentary film “Talking Black in America.” Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and Director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, is the principal investigator for the grant.

“Talking Black in America,” will be the first documentary film entirely on language use in the African American community produced by sociolinguists, educational linguistics, linguistic anthropologists, and language variationists. Previous projects are either outdated or lacking in meaningful content. As an expert in the field, Dr. Lanehart’s collaboration is considered “invaluable in the effort” to the success of the project, according to Dr. Wolfram.

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Merriweather Twins Attend Clinton Global Initiative

April 23, 2012

Twin brothers and Art majors Travis and Rustein Merriweather travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, a three-day conference centered around humanitarian and environmental efforts worldwide.

Read the full story on mySA.

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New Sculpture and Ceramics Studio Opens

April 16, 2012

The Department of Art and Art History opened the new Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on the west side of the Main Campus.

The building will make eighteen studios available to graduate Art and Art History students. Read the full article on UTSA Today.

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Dr. Amy Jasperson in SA Woman

April 16, 2012

Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography Dr. Amy Jasperson was featured in the latest issue of San Antonio Woman Magazine.

Read the online version of the article here.

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Dr. Sara DeTurk Receives ECA Article of the Year Award

April 12, 2012

Department of Communication Associate Professor Dr. Sara DeTurk’s article, “Allies in Action: The Communicative Experiences of People Who Challenge Social Injustice on Behalf of Others” (Communication Quarterly, 59.5, 569-590), was selected as the 2012 ECA Article of the Year.

Her award will be delivered at the 103rd ECA Convention in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday April 28, 2012.

Additional recent publications by Dr. DeTurk include “‘I need to know’: Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue” (Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35.1, 37-60) and “Critical andragogy and communication activism: Approaches, tensions, and lessons learned” (Communication Teacher, 25.1, 48-60).

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Art Major Rocks It New Orleans Style

April 11, 2012

Art and Art History major Travis Buffkin was featured on the San Antonio Express-News’ mySA website for his work with his band, Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath.

Read the article here.

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Dr. Christopher Ellison to Lecture at Baylor

April 11, 2012

Professor of Sociology and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Social Science Dr. Christopher G. Ellison will lecture at Baylor University Thursday, April 12, 2012.

His lecture, “Does Faith Really Matter? Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health,” will focus on the growing influence of research linking spirituality with positive psychological development.

Find out more at the Baylor site.

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Psychology Professor Studies Collective Problem-Solving

April 3, 2012

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Baumann published a study with University of Utah’s Dr. Bryan Bonner on the importance of individual knowledge and confidence in group problem-solving.

Read the full story here.

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New UTSA Mobile App

April 2, 2012

The UTSA mobile app has arrived, providing student access to class schedules, grades, account balances and holds, along with links to the UTSA directory, campus maps, news and events, and athletics.

The app is available for free on the Apple App Store store as well as the Android Marketplace.

For more info visit the app page.

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Voice Students Win at State Singing Competition

March 27, 2012

On March 24, 2012, UTSA voice faculty and students traveled to Texas State University for the annual South Texas NATS District Singing Competition. Over 250 singers competed from schools ranging from Mary Hardin Baylor in the north to UT-Brownsville in the south. 43 UTSA voice majors competed, and of these, 20 were finalists and 7 were 1st place winners in their category. Every member of our full-time faculty had students in the finals.

Below is a list of finalists and semi-finalists by category, placing, and studio teacher.

Finalists , placing and teacher
Freshmen Women: Elise Miller (5th, Diana Allan); Sarah Howell (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Alexa Nichols (1st, Linda Poetschke; Winner of Herald Stark Encouragement Award)

Freshmen Men: Adrien Johnson (3rd, Gary Mabry)

Sophomore Women: Rachel Pena (4th, Diana Allan)

Sophomore Men: Rob Saldana (3rd, Diana Allan)

Junior Women: Melissa Monaghan (4th, Linda Poetschke), Laquette Barksdale (3rd, Gary Mabry), Regina Branford (1st, Linda Poetschke)

Junior Men: Darius Thomas (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Daniel Watson (1st, Susan Olson)

Senior Women: Ariana Reyna (3rd, Linda Poetschke); Crystal White (1st, Diana Allan)

Senior Men: Nathaniel Askey (1st, Diana Allan)

Graduate Women: Kristen Richards (3rd, Diana Allan)

Graduate Men: Andrew Specht (4th, John Nix); Geo Flores (1st, Bill McCrary)

Adult Advanced: Mary McKay (2nd,  Susan Olson)

Adult Beginner: Christina Silliker (1st, Bill McCrary)

Musical Theater - College: Hailey Mead (2nd, Susan Olson)

Semi-finalists and teacher
Freshmen Women: Myrna Peralez (Gary Mabry)

Freshmen Men: Andrew Price (Gary Mabry)

Sophomore Women: Brianna Garcia (Linda Poetschke); Jackie Rivera (Linda Poetschke)

Junior Women: Kristin DeGroot (Gary Mabry); Taylor Vollmer (Diana Allan); Samantha Parker (Susan Olson)

Senior Women: Jennifer Rivera (Susan Olson); Rachel Pierce (Linda Poetschke)

Graduate Women: Brenna Casey (Diana Allan)

Musical Theater - College: Kaedee Franco (John Nix); Janie Beck (Linda Poetschke)

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COLFA Student Wins Scholarship to Study in Japan

March 23, 2012

Art and Modern Languages double major Elizabeth Costales was selected to participate in the highly competitive Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program.

Elizabeth will be studying Japanese intensively in Kyoto and experiencing immersion through various cultural enrichment programs.

Read the full story at the UTSA International Gateway site.

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ASA President Lectures on Utopia

March 23, 2012

President of the American Sociological Association Erik Olin Wright lectured on “Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, Possible Futures” March 20, 2012. Dr. Wright is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. His empirical research has focused especially on the changing character of class structures in developed capitalist societies.

About Dr. Wright
Erik Olin Wright was born in Berkeley, California, in 1947, grew up in Kansas, and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of California-Berkeley. He has taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin since 1976 where he is currently Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. His academic work has been centrally concerned with reconstructing the Marxist tradition of social theory and research in ways that attempt to make it more relevant to contemporary concerns and more cogent as a scientific framework of analysis. His empirical research has focused especially on the changing character of class structures in developed capitalist societies. Since 1992 he has directed The Real Utopias Project which explores a wide range of proposals for new institutional designs that embody emancipatory ideals and yet are attentive to issues of pragmatic feasibility. He is currently president of the American Sociological Association.

His principal books include: The Politics of Punishment (New York: Harper and Row, 1973), Class, Crisis and the State (London: Verso, 1978), Classes (London: Verso, 1985), The Debate on Classes (London: Verso, 1990), Reconstructing Marxism: essays on Explanation and the Theory of History (with Elliott Sober and Andrew Levine. Verso, 1992); Interrogating Inequality (London: Verso, 1994); Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2000); Deepening Democracy: institutional innovations in empowered participatory governance (with Archon Fung. London: Verso: 2003); Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso, 2010); and jointly with Joel Rogers, American Society: how it really works (W.W. Norton, 2011).

His website is www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright.

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Tech Totem Installed in MH by Anonymous Artist

March 5, 2012

Last Monday, Professor Deborah Wagner arrived at her office door to find a professionally sculpted totem pole made out of discarded computer cases, internal parts meticulously crafted to resemble animal life, and custom pre-Columbian decals. Four computers tall, the crowning piece consisted of a coffee machine embellished with rotating compact-disc eyes and metallic wings announcing Ms. Wagner’s upcoming summer course, Ritual & Symbol (ANT 3133.01F).

It wasn’t long before a crowd of admirers formed around the impressive piece. Adding to the enchantment was the fact that the totem pole had been left outside Ms. Wagner’s door anonymously, somehow carried there and installed in secrecy between six and eight in the morning. The identity of the artist, now known to be art major Charlie Nowak, would not be revealed for another three days.

In Ms. Wagner’s words:

“On Monday morning (February 27) I came upon what appeared to be a stack of old computers that were set outside my office door. As I got closer I realized that it was a sculpture of a totem made out of old computers. I was struck by the fact that whoever made this did not leave their name—it was an offering to me that was anonymous until just yesterday.”

“The totem is embellished with all kinds of different pieces of computer hardware artwork and custom stencil designs. Every piece utilizes some component of computer technology that marks a clan lineage with various totem animals. The very top of the totem traces back the apical ancestor to the coffee maker (I can relate, I love coffee).”

“I immediately was struck by the layers of artwork—everything is embedded with so much intricate design. I think the artist, who I now know is Charlie Nowak, a former student and art major here at UTSA, is utilizing discarded technology to perhaps make a statement that moves beyond Duchamp’s toilet (‘what is art’ to ‘what are we doing to the environment?’) but this is just my early perception—as I look at it I contemplate many other ideas about what Charlie is saying—every time I look, I see something new.”

“I am moved and honored by the amount of work and creative genius that went into this kind gesture, and I certainly hope to figure out a way for more people to enjoy this amazing piece of artwork.”

(Photos by M. Cavazos. See more on the COLFA Facebook page.)

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Festschrift for Wendy Barker

February 22, 2012

Students are invited to respond to a call for submissions for a Festschrift volume celebrating the career of UTSA Poet in Residence Wendy Barker. Dr. Barker is an award-winning poet, scholar, and essayist; she has been a mentor to numerous writers who now live, work, and teach all over the country. She introduced the Creative Writing Reading Series at UTSA, and continues to help the program grow.

Students are invited to submit work that celebrates the life and career of Wendy Barker, from her scholarly work on Emily Dickinson and Ruth Stone, to her award-winning poetry, and her dedication to teaching. Work inspired or influenced by Dr. Barker is also welcomed.

Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction/Essays should be double-spaced, and Scholarly Essays (5-20 pages) should be in MLA style. Previously published work is acceptable as long as the author has full rights and grants written permission for it to be republished.

All submissions should include name, mailing and email addresses. Digital files should be submitted here. Submissions are due May 1, 2012.

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African American Reading Room

February 21, 2012

The African American Reading Room debuted with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 8. Located on the third floor of the John Peace Library (JPL 3.01.56), the room was renovated and dedicated thanks to funds from Dr. Joycelyn Moody’s Sue E. Denman endowment.

Read more on the UTSA Libraries website.

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New Ph.D. in Psychology

February 15, 2012

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a new Ph.D. degree program in the Department of Psychology. The program will be one of only two in the nation to focus on military health and wellness.

Read the UTSA Today article.

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Lyric Theatre Debuts Opera

January 19, 2012

UTSA Lyric Theatre director Dr. William McCrary brings opera to local elementary schools with Navarro, a children’s opera about Texas hero José Antonio Navarro.

Composed by Dr. James Balentine and with stage pieces by local artist Vincent Valdez, the work was commissioned by the Opera Guild of San Antonio for its Opera in the Schools program, which reaches over 15,000 elementary students each year.

Read more about the opera on mySA and Ovations Magazine.

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Sententiae Antiquae

January 17, 2012

The Department of Philosophy and Classics has launched @sentantiq, a Twitter feed that broadcasts daily translations of quotes from ancient Greek and Roman authors.

Read more on the Sententiae Antiquae blog.

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Writers Respond to Art

January 17, 2012

UTSA Poet in Residence Dr. Wendy Barker participated in the fifth Writers Respond to Art event, sponsored by Gemini Ink and the San Antonio Museum of Art, in which three writers were asked to document their reflections on the museum’s Greek gallery.

Read the article on mySA.

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Howe Award Recipients

January 17, 2012

Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill from the Department of Psychology and Dr. Richard Jones from the Department of Political Science and Geography were among four recipients of the 2011 Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduates Teaching Award.

Read the article on UTSA Today.

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Dr. El-Kikhia in the News

October 31, 2011

Department of Political Science and Geography Chair Mansour El-Kikhia’s recent return to his home country of Libya was the subject of a documentary by the Australian network ABC.

Dr. El-Kikhia has been featured extensively in the media due to his political expertise and his intention to run for presidency in his home country of Libya.

Read the article on WOAI.com.

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Indians of the Great Plains

October 31, 2011

<em>Indians of the Great Plains</em>, by Daniel J. Gelo

Indians of the Great Plains, by Daniel J. Gelo

COLFA Dean Dr. Daniel J. Gelo published his new book, Indians of the Great Plains, a contemporary topical exploration of Plains societies and other tribal groups as continuing, living entities.

Read the UTSA Today article or visit the book’s Amazon page.

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Study Abroad Scholarship

October 31, 2011

Applications are being accepted for the David Bowen Memorial for Study in Europe, a fund to aid study abroad students.

Learn more about the scholarship here.

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Researching Intelligence

October 31, 2011

Department of Psychology researchers publish new findings on the development of human intelligence.

Read the article on Yahoo! Health.

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Examples of Excelencia

October 31, 2011

The English Ph.D. program was named a finalist for the Examples of Excelencia Award. A profile of the Ph.D. program will be included in the 2011 edition of What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education.

From the press release:

UTSA Ph.D. in English program honored among best in nation at increasing degree completion among Latinos
Washington, DC – U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter and Jon Whitmore, CEO of ACT, joined Excelencia in Education at the U.S. Capitol today to honor UTSA’s Ph.D. in English program as among America’s top programs that increase degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor, and graduate level. The Ph.D. in English program was selected from among 195 competitors as one of 16 national finalists for the 2011 Examples of Excelencia recognition. Finalists will be included in the annual publication “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which includes detailed information about all of the programs recognized today (http://www.EdExcelencia.org).

Top honors went to programs run by El Paso Community College, Texas Tech University, and Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus. All of the programs recognized during the Celebraciòn de Excelencia 2011 event are listed in the latest edition of “What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education,” which Excelencia in Education released today and is available for download at http://www.EdExcelencia.org
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“For America to achieve President Obama’s goal of becoming the world leader in college degrees by 2020, it is vital that we increase degree completion among Latinos,” said Kanter. “The successful and innovative programs recognized today are examples of institutions working to do their part, and I commend Excelencia in Education for helping institutional leaders, educators, and policy makers to understand these best practices.”

The Ph.D. in English, with its focus on the cross-cultural, transnational study of literature, particularly Latina/o studies and Rhetoric and Composition, is now 10 years old. It was the fourth Ph.D. program approved by the State for UTSA. It is presently headed by Dr. Jeanne C. Reesman, who was Graduate Dean when the program was approved in 2001.

“As one of this year’s national finalists, the Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio is at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students, and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.

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Bedrock

October 31, 2011

Department of English professor Dr. Bonnie Lyons published “Bedrock,” her second book of poetry.

Read the article on mySA or visit the book’s Amazon page.

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UTSA Voice Students Perform in China

October 31, 2011

The old UTSA adage, “Come here, go far” came to life this summer for five COLFA students as they and associate professor William McCrary (Department of Music) spent the first two weeks of August participating in the Yunnan Opera Festival in Kunming, China. Department of Music Vocal Performance majors Kristin Degroot, Laura Estrada, Christina Taylor, Darius Thomas, and Jacob Valadez each performed major roles in Puccini’s Gianni Schicci and Act II of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Both operas were presented in their original language and, according to local authorities, were the first productions of western opera to be performed in Kunming.

The three evenings of performances were the culmination of two weeks of voice lessons, diction classes, master classes, music rehearsals, and staging rehearsals in what the Chinese city referred to as the City of Eternal Spring (due to Kunming’s yearly temperate climate). When asked about the educational experience Darius Thomas stated, “The invaluable education and musical experience I received from China will be with me always. The quality of the students and professors were the best in the nation.”

The program included students and professors from the United States, Taiwan, and China. Kristin Degroot noted, “It was astounding to experience, not only the beautiful differences in our two cultures, but also the large number of similarities.” Christina Taylor added, “Performing with people from all over the United States, China, and Taiwan was amazing. It was incredible to see the singers grow so and amazing to watch the Chinese students, on stage and in the audience, experience Western opera for the first time. It was absolutely a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience.”

Each performance was attended by local adults as well as a hundred or so school children from a local visual and performing arts school. After each performance, the singers were presented with gifts from the children as a thank you for the performance and as a way of sharing the Chinese culture with the American students. When asked their reaction to the performance, several children stated, “It was awesome!”

The trip was partially funded by UTSA donors Charles and Charlotte Walker as well as by efforts of each student. Jacob Valadez, who begins graduate study at Baylor University this fall commented, “We were so thankful that Charles and Charlotte (Walker) helped us with the airfare. Several of us would not have been able to go without their generosity. As for me, China was a fun and an exciting experience! Being immersed in someone else’s culture and getting acquainted with their customs was such a shock. I learned that one must not take for granted the things we are lucky to have here in America.”

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