(Oct. 30, 2009)--Every October, United Way hosts Days of Caring, a three-day service event that brings out thousands of volunteers from companies and universities for a day of service at dozens of projects across the San Antonio community. Two UTSA student organizations participated this year.
The student group UMOJA and members of Delta Sigma Theta brought more than 20 volunteers to the Communities In Schools ropes course to make improvements to the site. The group trimmed trees, cleared brush and did some gardening work at the site to help make it accessible to the students visiting the course. This is the second time UMOJA has volunteered with the CIS ropes course, one of many service projects with which the group participates each year.
Fifteen members of UTSA's VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) volunteered at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center as part of Days of Caring. On San Antonio's South Side, the center is a designated wildlife refuge and a natural migratory bird route.
For the VOICES project, the students were divided into two groups to help the staff lay new mulch onto a walking trail. One group was responsible for transporting the mulch to the designated section, while the other group helped lay down the mulch and spread it throughout the trail. The volunteers finished what had been an incomplete section of the trail.
To find out how you can get involved, visit the UTSA Volunteer Services Web site or stop by the VOICES/Volunteer Services office in University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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