(Nov. 20, 2009)--Each year, the UTSA Honors College at UTSA welcomes freshmen using a theme that frames events for their first year in college. This year's theme, borrowed from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, is "Be the Change You Wish to See." That theme is the focus of a series of academic events on awareness, service and action.
Honors students participated in a common book reading of and essay competition centered on Jim Wooten's book, "We Are All the Same." In the book, Wooten documents the pioneering efforts of a boy and his mother to heighten AIDS awareness in South Africa.
UTSA students also attended a lecture by Rafael Veraza B.S.'08, who discussed how he made a difference in Gaborone, Botswana, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Honors students also have practiced their own idea of change by participating in a variety of community service activities including Habitat for Humanity on Sept. 26.
This month, Honors College students were asked to express the idea of change through photography. Students could submit one photo representing this year's theme. Photos were judged on theme, creativity and emotion, visual and technical merit, and composition and artistic management.
The winners were:
Winners received gift cards in the amounts of $150, $100 and $50, respectively.
Contest judges were UTSA President Ricardo Romo (honorary judge); Sarah Sudhoff, art and art history lecturer; Mark McClendon, photographer, University Communications; Melany Stacy, B.F.A. '02, Cecilia Mujica, B.F.A. '06; and Danielle Mack, B.F.A. '08.
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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