October 3, 2011
UTB/TSC has many exciting projects and events taking place around campus in every division. To communicate the work taking place, Provost Council will be sending out a bi-weekly newsletter. I hope you find the information useful in your work.
Division of Institutional Advancement
Distinguished Lecture Series:
Dr. David M. Oshinsky, 2006 Pulitzer Prize Award Winner in History for his groundbreaking book Polio: An American Story will speak Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the 2011 Distinguished Lecture Series at the SETB Lecture Hall. A reception in the SETB courtyard will follow. Dr. Oshinsky’s lecture is entitled- Polio: An American Story. For more information click on http://www.utb.edu/vpia/development/Pages/Dls_speaker.aspx. If you would like to take this opportunity to contribute to the Annual Fund through payroll deduction, you will receive two DLS tickets for a $15 per month donation or one DLS ticket for a $10 per month donation. Call (956) 882-4337 for an employee deduction form. Tickets are also available online for purchase at www.utb.edu/giving under Special Events. Proceeds from the Distinguished Lecture Series go to the Annual Fund to provide support for student and faculty travel, research and projects for which state funding is not available.
Division of Student Affairs
Senior Biology major Jessica Montiel has been selected to assist in the planning of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Region IV Student Lead On Conference to be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma, January 26-28. Jessica was selected from a large pool of undergraduate students from NIRSA universities in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Texas. Jessica will be to sitting on the planning committee, based on her involvement in NIRSA and her plans to pursue a Graduate Assistant position in the field of Campus Recreation. Jessica has been employed with Campus Recreation for three years and has also served as a Scorpion Ambassador.
Upward Bound Math & Science Students on the Road to Achieving their Dreams
Esmeralda Huerta was selected to attend the Catalyst Academy at the Engineering Institute at Cornell University this summer. Esmeralda is a junior at San Benito High School, has a 3.9 GPA, and is ranked 6 of 700 students. She is a member of the Mariachi band, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Masterminds, Skills USA, and decathlon. Esmeralda is yearbook editor, vice president for Business Professionals of America, and a reporter for the Criminal Justice Club. Cynthia Becerra and Leslie Galvan attended the Madame Curie Academy at the Science Institute and both plan to apply to Cornell University next year. Cynthia Becerra has a 4.2 GPA and Leslie Galvan has a 3.8 GPA. Cynthia and Leslie both attend Rivera High School. Cynthia wants to pursue a college major in Biology and is currently participating on the Dance team, National Honor Society, National Hispanic Honor Society, HOSA, and is in the top 5% of her class. She is currently pursuing a certification for Pharmacy Tech. Leslie Galvan wants to pursue a college major in Physics. She is currently participating in the Color Guard team, the National Honor Society, and in HOSA. All three students are seniors this year and are looking forward to their new journeys after graduation.
Division of Information Technology Services
ITS Online Learning
UT-Brownsville will be launching its mobile platform “MyUTB Mobile” this Fall 2011. MyUTB Mobile will provide current and prospective students, faculty, staff and community members with access to UTB information on a variety of mobile devices, including Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Blackberry, and Palm smartphones. UTB will offer a total of 12 mobile applications (apps) free of charge to all users.
The first application to be launched by Information Technology Services (ITS) in MyUTB Mobile will be “Blackboard Learn”. Students will be able to access their courses, check assignments, view their grades, review the instructor’s class lectures recorded in Tegrity and participate in class discussion boards, blog and wikis using their mobile devices. Additionally, students, faculty and staff will be able to access their blackboard organizations and content.
The second application to be launched by ITS fall 2011 will be the “Course Schedule” app, which will allow students to browse the course catalog, view class times, locations and more. The second phase of the MyUTB Mobile implementation will include launching an additional ten apps. These applications will provide mobile access and interactivity with diverse UTB information, including the library, maps, news, athletics, events, emergency, directory, links, images and videos.
For more information, please contact René Sainz (firstname.lastname@example.org) at ITS Online Learning 956-882-6695 UBL 3.304.
Office of the Provost
University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
Commandant’s Quarters, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-8266 or (956) 882-7829