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Rudolph Rudy Rosen

Rudolph "Rudy" Rosen, Ph.D., visiting professor and director of the Institute for Water Resources Science, received the University's first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $90,000. The grant is for a research project called "Decision Support for Water Stressed Food, Energy, Water Nexus Decisions," for which Dr. Rosen is the co-principal investigator. The project involves trade-off analysis and improved decision support modeling and optimization between food, energy and water (FEW).

Dr. Rosen will provide direction, oversight and general management, including arrangements, facilitation and reporting of stakeholder involvement and workshop sessions. He will also develop surveys and conduct continual stakeholder outreach and education activities throughout the course of the study. There will be opportunities for A&M-San Antonio students to participate in the project as student workers.

At the conclusion of the research, Dr. Rosen believes the findings will provide a new model for improved management of the arid-region FEW system.

Early College High School students become Jaguars

Three Rivers Early College High School

Eight students from Three Rivers Early College High School (ECHS) will begin their collegiate journey at the start of the fall 2017 semester. As part of an agreement between Three Rivers Independent School District and Texas A&M University-San Antonio, these students will take entry-level courses at A&M-San Antonio twice a week while simultaneously earning high school credit at Three Rivers ECHS.

The ECHS students were welcomed to campus during New Student Orientation, which marked the completion of their Summer Bridge Program. The program provided instruction on time management, degree planning, team building and testing strategies. Summer Bridge is a requirement for all ECHS students and is designed to excite and prepare students for college.

This cohort of students is the first to participate in this kind of program at A&M-San Antonio.

Dr. Garield appointed to work group for Council for Exceptional Children

Theresa Garfield, Ed.D.

Theresa Garfield, Ed.D., associate professor of special education, was appointed to a Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) work group to develop new standards in the field of special education. The CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. 

Dr. Garfield says the 12-person work group was selected after an international search and will work to review and revise governing standards in the field of education. Once data are gathered and findings are approved by the CEC Standards Committee, the group's work will be published as the National Standards Guide for CEC in 2019.

"CEC is the largest special education organization in the world," says Dr. Garfield. "It is exciting to be a part of this because it puts our city and A&M-San Antonio on the map for special education." 

Students receive exclusive tour of historic collection in newly-renovated Presidio Gallery downtown

Presidio Gallery tours

Last month, approximately 100 middle and high school students from Girls, Inc. program, PREP program and various homeschool groups took exclusive tours of the newly renovated Presidio Gallery downtown. Located in the Bexar County Archives Building (formerly the Federal Reserve Bank) at 126 E. Nueva St., this one-of-a-kind facility is made possible by a partnership between A&M-San Antonio and Bexar County. The gallery will initially showcase the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) Library Collection, featuring historic Alamo and Texas history artifacts, along with the University Archives and Collections and the county's Spanish Archives.

The student groups viewed manuscripts and artifacts in the main gallery, saw where the majority of holdings are stored in the old underground bank vault and participated in a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge. Students were also invited to participate in an essay contest about what they learned and enjoyed during the tour. The winner will be announced on September 1 and will have the opportunity to read the winning essay at a University reception in the gallery in October. A&M-San Antonio, Bexar County and the DRT will host the official grand opening and ribbon cutting on October 27.

Students receive exclusive tour of historic collection in newly-renovated Presidio Gallery downtown

San Antonio Magazine August 2017 Issue

Photo Credit: San Antonio Magazine August 2017 Issue

President Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ed.D. was featured in the August edition of San Antonio Magazine. In the interview-style piece, Dr. Matson shares her thoughts about what makes for a successful leader along with the challenges universities face nationwide. 

San Antonio Magazine is read by more than 90,000 people in and around San Antonio each month. Read the full article here

Jorlanditha "Tiffany" Austin selected to national fellowship program for military-connected women students

Jorlanditha Tiffany Austin

Communications senior, Jorlanditha "Tiffany" Austin, is anything but idle. As a full-time student, a military spouse, the president of the Black Student Union and a volunteer for Icing Smiles, it seemed her plate was full. Yet, this summer, Austin found time to continue her personal growth by becoming a fellow in the Focus Forward Fellowship. This program is designed to build skills, leadership and a sense of community among women student veterans and military-connected women students.

Fellows were selected through a competitive process and received scholarships for the program. As part of her fellowship, Austin participated in the four-day residency in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. She will to continue to participate in additional web-based activities throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. .

University construction updates

University Construction Updates

A&M-San Antonio is moving at a Jaguar pace. As student enrollment continues to increase, our infrastructure must also grow to keep pace. With six construction projects underway and more planned to kick off in the coming months, it is important for the University community to stay apprised of construction updates.

For bi-weekly updates, please visit the University's construction page at http://www.tamusa.edu/construction.

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