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wmmmm 5PBC COLL 8WEDI ID 531« .A3 0^mt UTSA TO SPONSOR BLOOD DRIVE • FEATURES, PAGE 4 PAi^AnO September 17,1996 Volume 19 Number 17 ¦^RR iiim TKi WiWM New opinion survey reveals disgruntled UTSA faculty By Jennifer Caliendo Acting News Editor A new faculty opinion survey pub¬ lished by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) reveals many dissatLsfied faculty members at Dr. Shair Ahmad UTSA. The survey was conducted by the AAUP amid warnings against pub¬ lishing faculty comments and opin¬ ions. The survey marics the first time UTSA has been evaluated by the fac¬ ulty. The opinion survey consisted of nine general que.stions involving the administration, as well as specific ques¬ tions involving various divisions and division administrators. Some ofthe general questions asked of the faculty dealt with the administration's han¬ dling of the various aspects of univer¬ sity duties. Some examples include having the faculty evaluate thirigs like the administration's handling of ef¬ forts to build a first-class library, ef¬ forts to control administrative growth, and fairness in handling promotion and tenure. The statistics from the survey were sent to Robert E. Goad, president ofthe Texas Conference of the AAUP, who compiled the results and sent them back to the San An¬ tonio Chapter of the AAUP who then ar¬ ranged the statistics into a series of graphs. The San An- tonio AAUP pre¬ pared bar graphs from the statistics that were compiled. Tlie survey was sent toall ofthe fac¬ ulty in May 1996, 152 faculty and 13 administrators re¬ sponded. The sur¬ vey response rate was 48 percent fac¬ ulty and 42 perceni administrators holding faculty ap¬ pointments. A let¬ ter from Goad staled that the response rale for facully sur¬ veys is usually less than 20 percent. Dr. Shair Ahmad, professior in the division of mathematics, computer sci¬ ence, and statistics and president ofthe San Antonio AAUP, said that it is not uncommon for various AAUP chap¬ ters to evaluate adminisu^tors. "Our rationale is that students get evaluated by professors for every course, every semester ... professors get evaluated by students, the Director, the Dean and the Provost, so why not include the top administrators who have more impact on the university.. . ." Ahmad said that the local AAUP chapter had been discussing evaluat- PREStPENT Faculty: 152 responses (48%) Overall Psffbrmance PROVOST Overall Performance 0 10 20 30 40 so ao ¦ ItiMn ¦ 3 467) Administrators: 13 responses (42%) Overall Parformanca %irigi I Pm. 0 2 4 I 8 10 0 2 4 fl B 10 ing thc administration for the pasl Iwu years but the proposal was halted after an October 1994 letter from UTSA President Sam Kirkpatrick staled ihal the faculty senate did not have the authority to conduct an administrator evaluation. The letter further stated thai the purpose of not having the faculty senate review administrators was lo "protect faculty and students who would be exposed to potential liability, particularly those involved in any unauthorized or ad hoc evaluation activities not clearly prescribed in in¬ stitutional policy (which might be ac¬ tionable in a court of law)." In addition to answering questions, the faculty had the opportunity to send in written comments. All responses were anonymous to protect the identity of the faculty and administrators. TTie actual written comments were not seen by the San Antonio AAUP but rather they were sent to Goad who released a typed transcript of Ihe comments in unedited form. Many responses concerned the ca¬ pability oflhc cur¬ rent adininislra- lion. Areas where Ihc administration was highly triticizcd included lhe administralion's cfforlslobuildafirsi- class library and cITorts to control ad¬ ministrative growth. Oflhe nine gen¬ eral questions, thc one receiving the 0 10 20 30 40 » ¦ MMn < 3 Sei •Stephanie Dubick/The Paisano UTSA President Sam Kirkpatrick and Student Government President Rob Killen cut the ceremonial ribbon at the University Center dedication ceremony. highest negative response was the administration's commitment to the principles of faculty governance and participation in the decision-making process Ofthe 137 facully members who responded to this question, more than 90rated thc administration's com¬ mitment to (acuity govt^rnance below average with most raling it as unsatis¬ factory. For the purpose olihis survey, the respondents to the survey labeled as administrators are those individuals who are defined as laLulty in adminis¬ lralive positions; i.e.. division direc¬ tors, deans, etc. Faculty are all assis¬ tant piolessors, associate professors, and professors listed in the UTSA bud¬ get book of 1995-1996 who are not serving as administrators. Concerning evaluation of Hispanic research center honors award recipients Gary Wright/ThePaisano The university police has purchased two new shuttle buses to meet peak passenger needs. UTSA adds two new shuttle buses By Johnny Arredondo Contributing Writer This fall. UTSA has added two new shuttle buses to meet the needs of a growing campus. The new shuttles were purchased to accommodate the increasing number of passengers who use the shuttle to transport ttiem to various areas around the campus. TTie shuttle service is funded by the university police and had no affect on tuition. The university police has three buses in full-time service to meet the needs ofa growing UTSA community. The new shuttles have a carrying ca¬ pacity of 32 seats but only carry a maximum of 28 people to meet tlie Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requirements. Two older shuttles, which are actually conversion vans converted into buses, carry a maxi¬ mum of 19 passengers. Because the new shuttles are built specifically for shuttle service, they accommodate disabled passengers more easily than the older two shunles. Bill Hamilton, property and facili¬ ties coordinator said that the shuttles fill to capacity on many occasions. Hamilton said that the new shuttles are a welcome sight because of the high volume of people who use them. TTie two new shuttles run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.on each side of the campus. An extra bus runs from I0a.m.to6p.m.in order to meet peak passenger needs. During the school year, the shuttles transport morc than 100,000 passen¬ gers (this figure includes the same people, on many occasions, using the buses several times a day) which in¬ cludes students, faculty, staff, and visi¬ tors. Several students were pleased with the additional shuttle buses. David Garcia, a freshman, said that he has used the shuttle on a regular basis after t>eing told by a friend to park in one of the lots and take the shuttle. "Now 1 just park on the south side ofthe cam¬ pus in the first place I find andjust take the shiittle. I do not worry about find¬ ing a close spot anymore." A map ofthe nonh and south routes are published in the UTSA parking and trafnc regulations guide. ' Eighteen Mexican-Americans will be honored with Lifetime Achieve¬ ment Awards for their contributions to the Mexican American community pre¬ sented by the Hispanic Research Cen¬ ter at UTSA. The awards will be given during a Sept. 18 breakfast at UTSA's Down¬ town Campus at Cypress Tower in conjunction with local Diez Y seis de Septiembre celebrations. "Itis fitting that during this celebra¬ tion of leadership and revolution UTSA's Hispanic Research Center is honoring individuals whose lifework has bad significant impact on the so¬ cial, cultural and political development of the Mexican-American commu¬ nity," says Arturo Vega, UTSA assis¬ tant professor. Recipients were chosen by a com¬ mittee of UTSA faculty who work with the Hispanic Research Center, which provides an interdisciplinary focus for research pn Hispanic popula¬ tions in Soulh Texas and throughout the United States. "We are particularly pleased that many of lhe honorees have donated personal papers and records lo the Mexican-American Archives and Spe¬ cial Collections, whichare permanently housed al the Institute of Texan Cul¬ tures." he adds. Historically. Vega says there has been a shortage of archival materials chronicling the evolution of Mexican- American political and cultural eras. Some materials from the archives will be displayed on the first floor of Cy¬ press Tower the day ol the breakfast. This marks thc first presentation of the center's Lifetime Achievement Awards. Honorees include three cur¬ rent or former Texas legislators ' >rmer Rep. John Alaniz, Sen. C izalo Barricnlos and Sen. Joe Bernal; judges Albert Pena and Gloria Cabrera; po¬ litical activist Rosie Ca.stro; LaSalle County Commissioner ArcenioGarcia; former San Antonio City Council- woman Helen Ayala; and Congress¬ man Eligio "Kika" de la Gar/.a. Other recipients are Pedro Rodriguez, execulive director of thc GuadalupeCultural ArtsCenter; Rich¬ ard Avena, former southwest regional direcior of the Civil Rights Commis¬ sion; Andres Serrabia. firsl president of Communities Organized for Public Services; Raza Unida Party organizer Alfedo Limon: Gilbert Murillo.a founder of Ihc Mexican-American Unity Council; and UTSA professor Blandina Cardenas, early spokes¬ woman forthe Mexican-American civil rights movement. Three recipients are being honored posthumously. They are former Texas Sen. Matt Garcia; poet Jose Monlalvo; and Willie Velasquez, founder and di¬ rector of the Southwest Voter Regis¬ tration and Education Fund. Family members will accept plaques for the trio. 1996 Recipients of the Hispanic Research Center's Lifetime Achievement Awards John Alaniz - former member of the Texas House ol Representatives Richard Alvena - former southwest regional director of the Civil Rights Commission. Helen Ayala - former San Antonio city councilwoman. Sen. Gonzalo Barrientes - political activi^iand member of the Texas Senate. S«n. Joe Bemal - one of the first Mexican-Xmericans to be elected to the Texas Senate. Judge Gloria Cabrera - political activist in he I970's. Blandina Cardenas - UTSA professor and*orrr.er Civil Rights Commissioner. Rosie Castro - political activist, 1974 countychainivoman of La Raza Unida Party Arcenio Garcia - Lasalle County Commissioner. Utett Garcia - the late Texas Senator ^ ,„<,4 Congressman ElJglo "KIka" de la Garza - one of the first Mexican-Amencan congressmen, elected in 1964. Alfredo Limon - organizer and member of Raza Unida Party. Jose Montalvo - the late poet and political activist, known as the "Black Hat Poet." Gilbert Murillo - a founder of the Mexican-American Unity Council. Judge Albert Pena - a founder of the Mexican-American Unity Council and Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Pedro Aodrlguaz - executive director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and acting executive directo / the National Association of Latino Arts And Culture. Andres Serrabia - first president of Communities Organized for Public Services. Willie Velasquez - the late founder and director of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Fund. Kirkpatrick and Ray Garza, the presi¬ dent and provost, respectively, there was a large disparity between facully responses and administrative re¬ sponses. Kirkpatrick and Garza gar¬ nered a mostly unsatisfactory rating in fairness, facully advocacy, leadership and overall performance. In answer to the same question, faculty administra¬ tors gave Kirkpatrick and Garza a mostly outstanding rating. Many of Ihe faculty who sent in written coiiimcnis were dissatisfied with the university administrative sys¬ tem. 'The I'onnal ot this inslilution niusl be changed Irom divisions to lhe more traditional academic dcpanmeni structure with rotating chairs and the elimination of directors." said one fac¬ ulty member. Anothercommcnlques- Continued on page 3 CAB plans Fall art and poster show and sale On Sept. 16-20 under the Sombrilla in front ofthe JPL Cafete¬ ria from 9am-.*ipm, the Campus Activites Board will present a Fall Art Print and Poster Show and Sale. The puhiic is invited. Rivaling the kind of selection available at Harvard' s Co-op, the Trenl Graphics art print and poster collection is hosted by colleges and universities nationally from Maine to Califomia and offers a vast .selec¬ tion ofover2(KX)constantly varying and updated posters and photo, graphic images in a wide range of subjects and categories from more than 50 difierent art publishers throughout Europe and the United States and Canada. The public is invited to the exhibit and sale under the Sombrilla in front of the JPL cafeteria. Highlighted is a broad and vary¬ ing range of reproductions of works by such masters as Monet, Vermeer, Renoir. Dali and many others, as well as a constantly changing range ofindividual posters and prims. Some ofthe categories include contempo¬ rary gallery graphics, dance, spwrts. photographic, reproductions, musi¬ cal, floral graphics, and rock cvmcert stills. African-American and ethnic art. travel, .sccnics wildlife, art deco. astronomy, show business and deco¬ rative and accent pieces also high¬ light the exhibit. Also available at the exhibit and sale are reproductions representing ocean life, the environment, land¬ scapes, abstracts, florals, graphics and images from artists and photog¬ raphers such as Van Gogh, Raphael, Continued on pege 3.
|Subject||University of Texas at San Antonio--Periodicals.|
|Description||A digital archive of The Paisano, a student operated newspaper at the University of Texas at San Antonio.|
|Publisher||The Paisano Educational Trust|
|Collection||UTSA Student Publications Collection|
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