April, 2010Business News - San Antonio/Surrounding Area
GlobalSCAPE Hires New Executive Vice President of Sales - - SAN ANTONIO, Apr 13, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GlobalSCAPE, Inc./quotes/comstock/14*!gsb/quotes/nls/gsb, a leading developer of secure information exchange solutions, has hired William Buie as Executive Vice President of Sales. Mr. Buie succeeds Jeff Gehring who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Buie is an accomplished high-tech industry executive with nearly 30 years of sales and marketing management experience. Prior to joining GlobalSCAPE, Mr. Buie was a senior vice president with Fujitsu, a global IT services, hardware and software provider, where he was responsible for alliance, channel, and system integrator sales in North America. Prior to Fujitsu, Mr. Buie was the Vice President of Global Strategic Partner Sales at Symantec Corporation where he grew re-sell bookings from $43M in 2004 to $933M in 2008. He also has prior executive experience in direct and channel marketing with IBM. Mr. Buie holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and completed the Finance for Executives program at the Wharton School of Business.
Stanford's Jayne Appel selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars - - Two days after Jayne Appel's Stanford basketball career ended in San Antonio, she found out her professional career will begin in the same city. The San Antonio Silver Stars selected the 6-foot-4 Pleasant Hill native No. 5 overall in last Thursday's WNBA draft. Appel was wearing a protective boot on her right foot Thursday, guarding the severely sprained ankle and stress fracture that nagged her throughout the NCAA tournament. She hopes to be ready for San Antonio's regular-season opener on May 15. Middle Tennessee State standout Alysha Clark will also begin her professional basketball career with the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars next season. Clark was picked 17th overall in the second round during Thursday's WNBA Draft in New Jersey. Along with the new players, the Sliver Stars enter the upcoming season with a new coach at the helm. Sandy Brondello takes over a team that finished 15-19 last season, but still made the playoffs as a No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.
Activists Call for Boycott of Valero Stations - California environmental activists are calling for a boycott of Valero gas stations after the San Antonio, Texas-based oil company contributed $500,000 toward a ballot measure that would delay implementation of the state's global warming law, reported AOL News. The Courage Campaign and CREDO Action called on the public to stop buying gasoline at Valero and Beacon stations after the oil company became the largest single contributor to the campaign to qualify the initiative. http://www.cspnet.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=D3BE915920004C32AE61ECA31B6198F2&AudID=CBA745B91AFB44FA923476ACBBD040A5
DPT completes $30 million factory upgrade – DPT spent more than $30 million to upgrade its sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities in Lakewood, N.J. The company invested in a new water system for injection, clean steam and HVAC systems and a new microbiology laboratory. The lab allows for in-house microbiology testing services, such as environmental monitoring, sterility testing using isolation technology, and endotoxin testing. The center also has pharmaceutical clean rooms and filling stations. This center will be supported by DPT’s Center of Excellence for Research & Development in San Antonio for pharmaceutical pre-formulation and formulation development services as well as analytical development services and technology transfers. DPT is a San Antonio-based contract development and manufacturing organization. DPT serves drug companies.
Slideshow: Smashburger San Antonio - 07 Apr 2010. Denver-based Smashburger exploded onto the scene in 2008, a year when the company signed its first major franchise deal. In 2008, the company had 10 open locations in its homestate of Colorado and by the end of 2010 anticipate more than 100 open units across the United States. Created in 2006, Smashburger had record sales in 2008 and 233 percent unit growth. Sales topped $5 million for the year, up from $1.8 million in 2007, and unit count increased from three to 10 over the same period. The chain’s average unit volume in 2007 and 2008 also was recorded at $1.2 million. In March 2010, the company opened a new location in San Antonio, Texas. The store is one of 16 in the state. The company also announced in April plans to open its first Kentucky location near the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. http://www.fastcasual.com/article.php?id=17902&na=1
Nationwide finalizes lease for new San Antonio office - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has leased 40,000 square feet of office space in Northwest San Antonio. The lease is the latest move in Nationwide’s plans to expand its insurance operations in San Antonio. Last October, the state announced its intent to use $2.5 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to assist the insurer with the expansion. The move is expected to create about 750 new jobs. The building is located within the University Business Park. The two-story office building is located at 5859 Farinon and is leased and managed by San Antonio-based Travis Commercial Real Estate Services Ltd. Nationwide has 1,900 employees throughout Texas. An exact employee headcount in San Antonio was not immediately available. Nationwide is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/04/05/daily16.html
Former Tesoro employee files discrimination suit-- A former Tesoro Corp. worker, Jeffrey Lane Kirk, has sued the San Antonio-based refiner in federal court, saying the company discriminated against him because he is gay and Jewish. Kirk, who worked for Tesoro as a senior analyst in company's information technology department, said that his boss, Ty Sananikone, harassed him for being gay, berated his religion and ancestry and encouraged co-workers to “be as nasty as they wanted,” contributing to a hostile work environment. As a result, Kirk said he suffered a breakdown and had to be hospitalized twice. When he reported the harassment, Kirk said his boss recommended he be fired. Tesoro terminated him in June 2008. After Kirk lost his job, which paid $65,000 a year, he said he struggled to find another position, had to move and take a job paying $20,000 a year less. He lost the lesser job and now is unemployed, he said in the lawsuit. Tesoro spokesman Lynn Westfall said in an e-mailed comment Wednesday that the company can't comment on pending legal matters.
Alamo Iron Works files for bankruptcy - - Alamo Iron Works, a 135-year-old San Antonio-based iron foundry that moved from its longtime downtown location in 1990 to make way for the Alamodome, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court records. The company, which was one of the defendants at the center of the multimillion-dollar lawsuit over contaminated Alamodome soil, recently fell victim to the economic downturn, which crippled sales of its steel and industrial supplies, Chief Executive and President Anthony Koch said. In its bankruptcy filing, the company listed $18.1 million in assets and about $19.4 million in liabilities, including almost $174,000 owed to the Bexar County tax assessor-collector’s office. But the “crowning blow” for Alamo Iron Works came when FaulknerUSA, the city’s pick to build its flagship convention center hotel, failed to pay the company about $1 million for work on the Grand Hyatt hotel and Alteza condo project, Koch said. Alamo Iron Works has been in discussions with Fort Worth-based investment firm Luther King Capital Management for several months. Luther King Capital Management could pay more than $8 million for certain assets of the company and has plans to expand the operation if the sale is approved by the court, Koch said. http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/Alamo_Iron_Works_files_for_bankruptcy.html
Rackspace HQ awarded Gold LEED status - Rackspace Hosting Inc. has announced that its headquarters in the former Windsor Park Mall has achieved Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. “The Castle,” as Rackspace refers to it, is the fifth building in San Antonio to achieve LEED-Gold certification and the third to do so in the commercial interiors category. http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/Rackspace_HQ_awarded_Gold_LEED_status.html
S.A. Realtors hire new CEO - The San Antonio Board of Realtors has named a new CEO: Angela Shields, who will join the nearly 7,000-member organization in May. Shields comes to SABOR from Athens, Ga., where she has led the Athens Area Association of Realtors for the last 13 years. She will replace Travis Kessler, who left the organization this year to become CEO of the politically influential Texas Association of Realtors. SABOR, which bills itself as the largest trade organization in San Antonio, did a national search before hiring Shields. Shields joined the Athens Area Association of Realtors in 1993 and first worked as a Multiple Listing Service executive. She has also been active with the state and national associations, most recently serving on the bylaws committee for the Georgia Association of Realtors and on the research committee for the National Association of Realtors. She will be in San Antonio this weekend and through Wednesday for preliminary meetings, but plans to move to San Antonio in May. http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/SA_Realtors_hired_new_CEO.html
Port San Antonio breaks ground on major thoroughfare - - Port San Antonio officials joined city and county officials Tuesday to break ground on the expansion of 36th Street. The expansion of the thoroughfare through the industrial park is part of a broader effort to create new development opportunities for aerospace and logistics companies at the port. The addition of the thoroughfare is part of the ongoing efforts to transform the former Kelly Air Force Base into a thriving industrial park. The plan is to extend 36th Street as a four-lane divided thoroughfare some 1.7 miles, stretching from U.S. Highway 90 to Billy Mitchell Boulevard. The Texas Department of Transportation already completed the first phase of this project. Future phases will be paid for by the Port and the City of San Antonio by leveraging $15 million in federal stimulus funds awarded by the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/04/12/daily14.html?surround=lfn
Business News - Texas
Wingstop Restaurants Inc. sold to Roark Capital Group - Wingstop Restaurants Inc., one of the fastest growing chains in the country, has been sold to an affiliate of an East Coast private equity group. Terms of the deal between Richardson-based Wingstop and Atlanta-based Roark Capital Group weren't disclosed. Founded in 1994, Wingstop had been 64% owned since 2003 by a Massachusetts private equity firm called Gemini Investors, according to Wingstop's president and CEO, James Flynn. With more than 440 restaurants operating in the United States and Mexico, Wingstop clocked around $305 million in revenue last year. Flynn said he expects 2010 sales to be closer to $360 million. The company said in a news release Monday that it plans to open more than 60 restaurants this year.
Pilgrim's Pride cutting 213 jobs in Texas, Georgia - PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) -- Pilgrim's Pride Corp. says it is eliminating 213 jobs by closing corporate offices in Texas and Georgia as part of its consolidation with JBS USA. The Texas chicken producer said Monday the offices are expected to close within 60 days as most corporate functions move to JBS USA's headquarters in Greeley, Colo. Brazilian beef producer JBS SA became the world's largest meat maker when it bought Pilgrim's Pride out of bankruptcy last year. Pilgrim's Pride says the closings will affect 158 employees at corporate headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas, and 55 workers at a satellite office in suburban Atlanta.
Pilgrim's Pride moving head office from East Texas -Pilgrim's Pride, which grew from a feed store in Pittsburg into one of the largest chicken processors in the nation, announced Monday that it will shutter its East Texas world headquarters office within the next 60 days, eliminating nearly 160 jobs, and move most corporate functions to Colorado. However, the company will continue to employ "thousands of workers at our local plants, distribution center, hatchery, feed mill" and an administrative office in Pittsburg, said spokesman Gary Rhodes. The headquarters relocation had been feared by many in the communities of Pittsburg and neighboring Mount Pleasant, where Pilgrim's Pride also ranks as one of the largest employers and taxpayers. Many of the departing corporate jobs pay more than the remaining production jobs. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/DN-pilgrims_12bus.ART0.State.Edition1.4024fdd.html
Allstate hiring 130 in Texas, 45 in Central - Allstate Insurance Company appointed a record-breaking number of new exclusive agents in Texas last year. Now, the company is ramping up its recruiting again – looking for 130 more Texas agency owners this year. About 45 will be located in the Austin-San Antonio-Waco-Killeen area. Another 45 each will target Houston and Dallas, Ft. Worth. And 30 will be added in East Texas and 22 in West Texas. In 2009, 122 new agents opened Allstate agencies across the Lone Star State. This year, Allstate hopes to surpass that goal by focusing on Texas professionals that may feel limited in their careers and are looking to start their own business in a recession resilient industry. "We see a significant opportunity in the current economy to attract mid-career, mid-level managers to own and operate their own business and represent Allstate in Texas," said Todd Martin, Allstate's Texas recruiting director. "We're working with business brokers and through our own recruiters to find professionals with financial or sales backgrounds, who are dedicated to customer service." Candidates need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. Even with the hints of an economic recovery underway, some potential applicants are unsure if now is the right time to invest money needed to open a small business. That's why recruiters are focusing on the stability of investing in the Allstate brand. Allstate said it is Texas' second largest auto insurer with almost 1.7 million covered cars and trucks.
Luminex Ranked One of the 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies - AUSTIN, Texas, April 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Luminex Corporation /quotes/comstock/15*!lmnx/quotes/nls/lmnx, the worldwide leader in multiplexed solutions, today announced that it has been named one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in America by Forbes. This is the second consecutive year Luminex has been included on the Fast Tech 25 list. Luminex's unique multiplexing xMAP(R) Technology platforms perform up to 500 simultaneous tests for DNA and proteins on a single sample, providing clinicians, researchers and safety experts with quick, accurate, and cost-effective results. More than 6,700 Luminex instruments have been shipped to laboratories worldwide, making the company's technology the most widely implemented multiplexing platform in the world. Companies named to the Forbes 25 Fastest Growing Technology Company list must have sales of $25 million and sales growth of at least 10 percent over the last 12 months. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/luminex-ranked-one-of-the-25-fastest-growing-technology-companies-in-america-by-forbes-2010-04-12?reflink=MW_news_stmp
GVTC hires Boerne Chamber CEO - GVTC Communications has hired the president and CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce as its new manager of public relations. Paula White, who has served with the Boerne Chamber since 1994, will oversee business development and community outreach for the Hill Country-based phone and cable firm. White will leave her position as president and CEO of the Boerne Chamber on April 16. She's served in that role since 1997.
Business News - National
BofA exec delivers bleak mortgage stats to Congress - - Barbara Desoer, president of Bank of America Home Loans, is testifying on Capitol Hill today about the housing crisis and the steps BofA is taking to modify troubled mortgages. And she's painting a bleak picture, according to her prepared testimony. Some numbers from her remarks: •1.4 million borrowers, or 10 percent of the entire BofA residential mortgage portfolio, are more than 60 days delinquent. •More than 16,000 BofA employees are dedicated to helping troubled borrowers work out a solution. •BofA has taken $10.4 billion in write-downs tied to mortgages over the past two years. http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2010/04/12/daily22.html?surround=lfn
DynCorp International to be acquired for $1.5B - Falls Church security contractor DynCorp International Inc. has agreed to be acquired by private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP for $1.5 billion. As a security contractor, DynCorp has been an active player in U.S. security missions around the globe, especially Iraq. In its latest profit report, DynCorp earned $20.3 million, or 36 cents per share, on revenue of $915 billion. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/04/12/daily2.html?surround=lfn
Chrysler and NASA join forces on technology - NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Chrysler announced Tuesday it has entered a three year agreement with NASA to share information on technology the automaker and space program have in common. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based car company, which emerged from bankruptcy nearly a year ago, said it plans to collaborate with NASA on several areas including materials engineering, robotics, radar, battery systems and other energy storage mediums. http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/13/autos/Chrysler_NASA/index.htm
Wal-Mart vows to go green - Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer with thousands of big box stores around the world, is looking to make those stores more environmentally friendly. Speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference, Wal-Mart Chairman Lee Scott said Monday that the retailer was eyeing stores made of materials that easily revert back to the earth. Scott didn't elaborate on the plan. A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company is also looking to use more recycled materials in the construction process. The spokesman said the company currently uses rubber in store baseboards that is made partly from old diapers, steel containing recycled components, and concrete composed of 20% fly ash, a byproduct of burning coal. The company has been criticized for its buildings in the past, especially for its tendency to build stores and then move out of them once they get too small. The empty buildings can become a headache for communities. http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/13/news/companies/wal-mart_green/index.htm
General Motors reported $3.4 billion loss - General Motors reported $3.4 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2009, but is on track to possibly return to profitability in 2010, the company said Wednesday. Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell, who joined the company earlier this year, stopped short of forecasting a profit this year, but said that results in the recently-completed first quarter, which will be reported in May, and the outlook for sales the rest of the year gives the company hope that it is close to returning to the black for the first time since early 2007. http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/07/news/companies/gm_results/index.htm
Education News - San Antonio/Surrounding Area
SAISD adds Public Safety High School- The San Antonio Independent School District is planning to launch a Public Safety High School beginning in 2010-2011 in partnership with the San Antonio Fire Department, San Antonio Police Department and San Antonio College (SAC). The new school will be located on the campus of Edison High School and will use instructors provided by SAC. Instruction for the courses will be provided through SAC’s First Responders Academy and the Criminal Justice Program. Students who take part in the program can earn dual credit that can be applied toward an associate degree from SAC after they graduate.
Top 10 San Antonio schools - A group called “Children At Risk” evaluated and ranked 57 high schools, 101 middle schools, and 257 elementary schools in Greater San Antonio. Number one for the second straight year is Health Careers High School in the Northside School District. Children At Risk ranks high schools based on factors like graduation rate, participation in advanced coursework, and performance on college entrance exams. Top 10 High Schools in Greater San Antonio Area: 1. Health Careers High (Northside ISD) 2. International School of the Americas (North East ISD) 3. Alamo Heights High (Alamo Heights ISD) 4. Reagan High (North East ISD) 5. D’Hanis School (D’Hanis ISD) 6. Winston Churchill High (North East ISD) 7. Medina High (Medina ISD) 8. Sandra Day O’Connor High (Northside ISD) 9. Medina Valley High (Medina Valley ISD) 10. Clark High (Northside ISD) http://www.woai.com/content/news/newslinks/story/Top-10-San-Antonio-schools/STwPmX_h4E69b_Ha3aWgBg.cspx
ASU agrees to future football series with Texas-San Antonio - April 9. TEMPE -- Arizona State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio have scheduled a future home/home series in football, vice president for university athletics Lisa Love announced Friday. The games will be played on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Sun Devil Stadium/Kush Field in Tempe. UTSA, which signed its first ever recruiting class in February, 2010 under new head coach Larry Coker (formerly of Miami), will play two years as an FCS Independent, beginning in 2011. It then will notify the NCAA in June, 2013 of its intent to advance to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015. The Roadrunners will comply with FBS standards during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, then will seek full FBS membership and bowl eligibility in 2015. In March, UTSA announced a series with Baylor University, its first-ever football series with an NCAA FBS opponent. UTSA is currently in discussions with several FBS schools for future football series, including schools in the Big 12 Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference. The addition of the UTSA series completes the schedule in 2016. http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/pages/landing?ASU-agrees-to-future-football-series-wit=1&blockID=213173&feedID=3702
State approves master's in urban and regional planning at UTSA - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a new master’s degree in urban and regional planning at UTSA. The degree program will be housed within the College of Architecture. This will be the university’s 49th master’s degree program and third graduate program within the College of Architecture. The degree program will emphasize the development of research capabilities and graphic skills needed for a career in the planning profession. The new program is a cooperative effort between the College of Architecture and the Department of Public Administration. Richard Tangum will be the coordinator and graduate adviser of record for the master’s of science in urban and regional planning.
St. Mary’s names vice president of advancement - Appointed Paul T. “Rocky” Kettering as the school’s new vice president for university advancement. St. Mary’s board of trustees unanimously approved Kettering for the position upon the recommendation of President Charles L. Cotrell. Kettering was nominated during the St. Mary’s internal search process. The Interview Committee, in turn, recommended him to Cotrell for the position. The university first hired Kettering as executive director of development in 2007. In 2009, he became the vice president for institutional advancement at Our Lady of the Lake University. During the past year, Kettering completed his doctor of education in organizational leadership. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/04/05/daily40.html?surround=lfn
Texas Students Honored at 2010 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair - SAN ANTONIO, Apr 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE). Hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas Science Careers Consortium. Two hundred twenty students were awarded today with highest honors at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a four-day competition that brings together top science fair winners from across the state. Students competed in two divisions -- junior (grades six through eight) and senior (grades nine through 12) -- in one of 19 categories at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Selected from more than 1,100 entries, awards were given to first through fourth place winners in each category, and Grand Prize and Best in Fair projects in each division. Senior division Grand Prize winners received all-expense paid trips to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 9--14 in San Jose, Calif. The top 10 percent of competitors in the junior division qualified to participate in the Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge. For the 10th consecutive year, ExxonMobil is title sponsor of the state-level competition and is providing a grant of $75,000 that also funds a diversity recruitment initiative, aiding students that would otherwise be unable to participate with project and travel expenses. The University of Texas at San Antonio has hosted the fair for the past six years and the Texas Science Careers Consortium has managed the fair since its inception 24 years ago. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/texas-students-honored-at-2010-exxonmobil-texas-science-and-engineering-fair-2010-04-12?reflink=MW_news_stmp
Neurologist to lead med school - The University of Texas Health Science Center has named Dr. Francisco González-Scarano the new dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Medical Affairs. González, who will take the position Aug. 1, cited the health science center's physical growth, particularly in the recently opened Medical Arts and Research Center, as one plus in his decision to take the job. He is currently chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he has worked since joining the faculty in 1982 as a neurology professor. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/Neurologist_to_lead_med_school.html
Education News - Texas
UTA offers voluntary severance to 247 - Mandatory budget cuts issued by the state of Texas have prompted the University of Texas at Arlington to offer voluntary severance packages to 247 administrative, non-faculty employees within the university, according to a statement by the university President James D. Spaniolo. The severance offers are part of an initiative to cut 5 percent from the school's general budget due to revenue shortfalls issues facing both the State of Texas and the University of Texas system. The severance offerings only apply to administrative positions. Faculty positions will not be impacted, Spaniolo said.
Rice Business Plan Competition prizes top $1M for first time - - For the first time in its 10-year history, the Rice Business Plan Competition will have more than $1 million in total prizes. The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship has lined up 42 university teams for this year’s competition. There were nearly 420 entries, a 20 percent increase from last year. Teams were chosen based on their executive summaries to compete in six categories: Life sciences, information technology, energy, green tech, social and other technologies. All 42 teams will present 15-minute business plans as well as compete in the elevator pitch competition, where one member has 60 seconds to entice a potential investor. They will also participate in the new TwitPitch Competition where teams post a 140-character Tweet to promote their business. The top six competitors will go after the grand prize valued at up to $385,000.
Texas Governor and Education - Governor Rick Perry is considering a proposal for Texas to gradually limit its use of textbooks in public schools in the next four years, replacing them with electronic ones. The Texas governor argued that textbooks get out of date quickly, and that computer software and technology can take their place. He said school officials can help students get access to computer technology because costs are coming down. Mr. Perry, a Republican battling Democrat Bill White for the governorship this year, said the idea is compelling and something he wants to consider in the 2011 Legislature. Texas has come under scrutiny as of late over a number of controversial issues concerning education. Last month, Hispanic lawmakers and academic experts blasted the Texas State Board of Education for minimizing the contributions of minorities as it attempts to rewrite guidelines for the teaching of history and social studies. As the nation’s leading textbook funder, Texas is a unique force on educational publishers. What the elected Texas state board determines to be content standards greatly influences history textbooks nationwide. http://thestatecolumn.com/articles/04_09/texas_governor_perry_wants_electronic_education_textbooks_5783.php
Christian University In Texas Publishes First iPad Student Paper - Abilene Christian University (ACU) has become the first to publish a student newspaper on the iPad, further expanding the scope of the Apple tablet to anyone and everyone. ACU's newspaper The Optimist is now available through the iPad's digital marketplace. Today's announcement is the culmination of months' of work by the university's communications department. http://www.i4u.com/article32750.html
U. of Texas System Plans to Close Its Central Distance-Education Arm - The University of Texas system announced late Thursday afternoon that it plans to close its central distance-education arm. Online education at individual campuses has matured to the point that the services offered by the current system-level office aren't necessary, a university spokesman said. The 12-year-old UT TeleCampus is a veteran in its field, one of several state or system-level efforts begun in the late 1990s. It does not grant degrees, but it encourages campuses within the system to put programs online, facilitates collaborative degrees that pool courses from different campuses, and offers services like marketing http://chronicle.com/blogPost/U-of-Texas-System-Plans-to/22411/
Education News - National
New college grads to make less $$$ - College students gearing up to graduate this spring are likely to make less on their first job than those who got their degree last year, according to a report released Thursday. The National Association of Colleges and Employers said that average salary offers to 2010 bachelor's degree candidates are down 1.7% to $47,673, compared to $48,515 last year. Students seeking liberal arts degrees may face the hardest blow. Their average initial pay offers are down 8.9% to $33,540, based on data collected from college career services offices. Starting salary amounts extended to graduates with positions in business management are down 8% to $42,094, and students with jobs in the marketing field have dipped 2.1% to $42,710. http://money.cnn.com/2010/04/08/news/economy/college_graduates_starting_salary/index.htm
Professors' Pay Rises 1.2%, Lowest Increase in 50 Years - In 2009-10, the average salary of a full-time faculty member rose only 1.2 percent. That's the lowest year-to-year increase recorded by the association in the 50-year history of its salary survey. To make matters worse, an inflation rate of 2.7 percent meant that many professors actually had less buying power than the year before. In fact, two-thirds of the 1,141 institutions surveyed over two years gave their faculty members either a pay cut, no raise, or an increase of less than 2 percent, on average. In the report, which covers the economic status of the profession, the association urges professors to help institutions chart their course "for a return to normalcy," even as they face continuing program cuts, furloughs, and layoffs of tenured professors that mark an economy struggling to rebound. According to the association, the average pay for a full-time faculty member in 2009-10 is $80,368. At research institutions, that figure is $91,060; at master's institutions, $70,807; at baccalaureate colleges, $67,232; and at two-year colleges, $59,400. http://chronicle.com/article/Faculty-Salaries-Rise-12-/65017/
Chart: Average Faculty Salaries for Men and Women by Rank, 2009-10: http://chronicle.com/article/Chart-Average-Faculty/64999/
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report on Title IX - - The U. S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report last week detailing how colleges and universities are accommodating students under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity, including athletics, that receives federal financial assistance. The report, Title IX Athletics: Accommodating Interest and Abilities, offers findings and recommendations for Title IX compliance based on oral and written testimony from a panel of experts. The commission examined the test used by the Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Civil Rights for determining compliance with Title IX with respect to college athletics. http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=HENA&CONTENTID=36150&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm
No Letup From Washington - If you closed your eyes and listened to the various highlighted speakers at the Higher Learning Commission's annual meeting here this week, you might have thought that Margaret Spellings and her outcomes-focused colleagues were still running the U.S. Education Department. Virtually all of the national higher education leaders who spoke to the country's largest accrediting group sent a version of the same message: The federal government is dead serious about holding colleges and universities accountable for their performance, and can be counted on to impose undesirable requirements if higher education officials don't make meaningful changes themselves. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/04/13/hlc
Grant/Grantmaker News - San Antonio/Surrounding Area
San Antonio to bolster Latino museum - The San Antonio City Council has voted to provide financial help to the nation's largest Latino museum. The council voted in favor of an 18-month plan that is meant to provide about $450,000 in support for the Museo Alameda. San Antonio will pay the museum's security, maintenance and utility bills. The funding, approved Thursday, comes from the city's Market Square Improvements Trust Fund. The museum opened three years ago, but attendance has faltered during tough economic times.
UTSA wins research grant to study arteries – A team of researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a five-year, $1.8 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the causes of arterial tortuosity, also known as artery twisting or curling. The NIH’s Research Project Grant awards are reserved for proposals that present significant background research, making funding very difficult to win. The team, headed by UTSA Mechanical Engineering associate professor Dr. Hai-Chao Han, will use the grant to research and model how blood flow and pressure changes in the body contribute to arterial curling. Moreover, the team will observe, quantify and model how an artery’s cells and wall adapt to its new buckled state. The research will eventually lead to treatments for varicose veins and twisted arteries. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/04/05/daily23.html?surround=lfn
WellMed: $100K-plus to 20 local charities - - WellMed Charitable Foundation will award more than $100,000 to 20 local charities. The nonprofit targets causes benefiting seniors and caregivers in the San Antonio area. The foundation received the money from employee contributions during the company’s 2009 GIVE (Generous Individuals Value Everyone) campaign. The charities receiving donations are: the Alzheimer’s Association; American Cancer Society; American Diabetes Association; American Heart Association; American Parkinson Disease Association; American Red Cross; Avance-San Antonio; Battered Women’s Shelter, Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio; Boysville; Catholic Charities of San Antonio; Communities in Schools of San Antonio; Healy-Murphy Center; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Rape Crisis Center; Salvation Army; SAMMinistries; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; San Antonio Food Bank; and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. WellMed Medical is a physician-owned medical group that specializes in senior healthcare. It has more than 1,000 employees in the San Antonio area.
Grant/Grantmaker News - Texas
Dell Foundation awards $6M in scholarships - The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation awarded $6 million worth in scholarships to 300 low-income or financially-underserved high school graduates, officials announced Tuesday. The Dell Scholars Program has awarded 1,550 scholarships worth $31 million since it was created in 2004. Nine of the winners this year live in Austin. "We award low-income or financially underserved students who perform better than their GPAs or test scores may indicate, and who have overcome some significant obstacles to pursue their education," said Oscar Sweeten-Lopez of the Dell Scholars Program at the foundation. Most of the Dell Scholars are the first in their families to attend college and are chosen because they participated in college readiness programs and maintain at least a 2.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. They must also graduate from high school and express intent to enter to a bachelor's degree program. Dell Scholars receive $20,000 each as well as technology, resources and mentoring.
East Austin College Prep Academy's $136K grant doubles student capacity - - Southwest Key Programs’ charter school the East Austin College Prep Academy is doubling its student capacity, thanks to two grants totaling about $136,000. This is the second consecutive year the nonprofit and middle school received support from the AMD Foundation and AMD’s Changing the Game education initiative. The grants will enable the college preparatory school to add a new grade level and double the number of students participating in the World Wide Workshop Foundation’s Globaloria, an innovative game-design education program. AMD will fund a second technology laboratory for students, equipped with 30 HP notebooks with AMD processors and ATI graphics. AMD Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Advanced Micro Devices. The Foundation’s signature program, AMD Changing the Game, supports initiatives designed to help youth harness the power of digital games with social content, while learning critical Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and life skills.
Texas A&M HSC Receives Grant for Medical Records Technology - The Texas A&M Health Science Center is launching a new effort to put medical records on a statewide database. This week the HSC Rural and Community Health Institute was awarded $5,279,970 to form a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center. The Center will assist health care professionals in 47 Texas counties implement a statewide electronic medical records system. Officials say having a statewide system can improve health care quality, reduce medical errors, and potentially lower health care costs. The technology grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Prairie View A&M University Wins Championship Title At National Academic Competition - Over the weekend the nation's leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered in Orlando, Florida to participate in the two-day academic competition that tests knowledge, teamwork and speed. Each school showcased their skills and intellect by quickly and accurately answering questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture and African-American history and culture. Prairie View A&M University beat second place finisher Mississippi Valley State University to claim the championship title and take home $50,000 in grant money for their school. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/prairie-view-am-university-wins-championship-title-at-national-academic-competition-2010-04-13?reflink=MW_news_stmp
MD Anderson receives 4.5 million grant, largest ever for study of yoga and cancer - HOUSTON - In an ongoing effort to scientifically validate the age-old belief that mind-body interventions have a beneficial impact on the health of patients, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has been awarded more than $4.5 million to study the efficacy of incorporating yoga into the treatment program of women with breast cancer. The grant, the largest ever awarded by the National Cancer Institute for the study of yoga in cancer, will allow researchers to conduct a Phase III clinical trial in women with breast cancer to determine the improvement in physical function and quality-of-life during and after radiation treatment. It will also investigate if such stress reduction programs result in economic and/or work productivity benefit. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-04/uotm-mda041210.php
Doggett announces $5.4 million grant to Texas State - U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett has announced more than $5.4 million ($5,421,205) in Health Information Technology (Health IT) funding for Texas State University-San Marcos through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This funding, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help Texas State train health professionals for vital, highly specialized health IT roles so that doctors and nurses can communicate critical patient information when it is needed most—when a patient is receiving care. http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2010/04/HealthGrant040610.html
Grant/Grantmaker News - National
Cornell University receives grant to study obesity program - Cornell University in Ithaca is one of 10 universities and one organization to receive a piece of $11 million in federal grant money to develop and evaluate America's obesity prevention programs. Cornell is receiving $499,927 for a project addressing the obesity problem from all factors rather than solely focusing on individual behavior. A six-week training course will be taught to teams of extension professionals and community partners to use this novel method of obesity prevention. The grants are coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal is to identify behavioral factors that influence obesity, in order to help prevent it. http://blog.syracuse.com/farms/2010/04/cornell_university_receives_gr.html
Purdue to expand with $15 million grant - Purdue University's Bindley Bioscience Center, located in Discovery Park, is a fairly new building. After opening in 2005, a 29,000 square foot expansion has already been planned thanks to some recently received grant money. The National Institutes of Health awarded Purdue $14.9 million. Bindley Bioscience Center director, Richard Kuhn, saID it will allow the Center to focus on two specific areas. "This new grant will allow us to expand specifically in the area of cancer biology and disease research. There is a lot of that going on here in the Bindley right now, but the Bindley is actually a fairly small facility in terms of life sciences," said Kuhn. http://www.wlfi.com/dpp/news/local/purdue-to-expand-with-15-million-grant
U receives $2.5 million for engineering programs - The University of Minnesota will receive a $2.5 million economic stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for revitalizing electrical power engineering education programs and retraining employees from other energy industries. The University will continue to lead more than 80 universities from around the country in re-energizing education and research programs. These programs are meant to prepare the next generation of utility and electrical manufacturing workers and will begin to focus on how to store wind and solar power. http://www.mndaily.com/2010/04/12/u-receives-25-million-engineering-programs
ASU awarded $1 million national pathways grant - Arizona State University has been awarded a $1 million national grant to increase the number of transfer students to ASU from in-state community colleges. The grant comes from The Kresge Foundation, which will fund a project called “Creating Seamless Transfer Pathways Among Arizona Postsecondary Education Institutions.” The project has been funded for $1 million over a three-year period and continues through March 2013. The goal is to increase the number of students transferring to ASU from Arizona community colleges, making the transfer process more individualized and understandable, by improving technology and communication tools. http://asunews.asu.edu/20100407_kresgegrant
Shenandoah University Receives Verizon Grant - Shenandoah University has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation through a program of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Dr. Diane Painter, Assistant Professor in the School of Education & Human Development, wrote the proposal resulting in the award. She and Dr. Cindia Stewart, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, will co-direct the project, “Web-based Differentiated Learning Activities to Support K-12 Instruction.” “The project, “Web-based Differentiated Learning Activities to Support K-12 Instruction,” will build on recent Shenandoah initiatives designed to increase the ability of faculty to use technology to enhance classroom learning, but will specifically focus on modeling such technology use for education students who will themselves be expected to use technology in their own teaching. ” http://www.clarkedailynews.com/shenandoah-university-receives-verizon-grant/5283/Hilton Foundation Donates to University Scholarship Fund - The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration for undergraduate scholarship funding. Upon receiving the grant on Feb. 23, the School created the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Scholarship fund, intended to add on to the current-use undergraduate scholarships fund for the next two academic years. http://www.cornellsun.com/section/news/content/2010/04/09/hilton-foundation-donates-university-scholarship-fund