(Nov. 19, 2009)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo announced at a Nov. 18 reception that UTSA reached its 91-percent participation goal and raised $266,077.11 in the 2009 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Romo presented a check to Lyndon Herridge, executive vice president and CEO of United Way of San Antonio, who said he knew UTSA's goal would be reached even in the slow economy. The funds will help support organizations in San Antonio and surrounding counties.
In 2008, UTSA had the highest SECC participation among the 19 Texas four-year public universities with more than 1,000 employees. UTSA's 2008 SECC participation rate was 76 percent of more than 3,200 full-time employees who helped raise $228,302. It's anticipated that UTSA will be a record-breaker again this year.
The 2009 campaign featured the third annual "UTSA's Got Talent" show presented to SECC contributors, "fun-raisers" across the university where refreshments were sold in various offices, a book sale and a silent auction.
"Congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard to make this year's SECC such a tremendous success," said Romo. "Ninety-one percent participation is amazing. The campaign's success clearly indicates how deeply we care about the community where we live and work.
"In these tough economic times, you found a way to not only donate, but to encourage others to follow your lead," he added. "It takes a great team to accomplish what this group has attained during this campaign and your university is proud of you."
Romo thanked the campaign tri-chairs, Kelly Kam Watson, executive assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research; Joe Rubio, Downtown Campus director of facilities; and Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center, who "set the bar high."
Claudia Garcia, assistant director of the Academy for Teacher Excellence in the College of Education and Human Development, was announced Nov. 6 as the winner of two Spurs tickets in a drawing from the names of all who donated to SECC. In a letter to Romo, she expressed thanks and surprise at winning the tickets and said contributing alone would have been satisfying.
The SECC committee members and area champions were treated Wednesday evening to the reception, refreshments and a screening of "2012" at the Santikos Palladium theater.
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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