(Dec. 7, 2009)--The UTSA volleyball team did its part Dec. 2 to share the holiday spirit by preparing and serving breakfast at the local Ronald McDonald House. The national organization provides comfort and care to seriously ill children and their families
The morning's menu included scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee, and the meal was served to 25 people.
"It's so important that we expose our players to all walks of life and help them realize how fortunate they are," said Laura Neugebauer-Groff, UTSA eighth-year volleyball head coach. "Events like today show them what kind of impact they can have on the lives of those they help and the world when they graduate."
Senior captain Stefanie Robbins said the experience not only was important to every member of the team, but it was entertaining to watch her teammates take turns cooking.
"One of the more enjoyable things about being a member of the team is the community service projects we do every year," Robbins said. "It is a great opportunity for us to give back to those less fortunate and it shows us how lucky we are. Coach Groff stresses the importance of community service and it is something we really enjoy doing. The best part about today was seeing my teammates try to cook, but I think we put together a pretty good meal."
It was another in a long list of community service projects in which the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics participates. One of the programs, Roadrunners For Education, fosters positive attitudes among local elementary, middle and high school students, while allowing UTSA student-athletes to serve as role models and give back to the San Antonio community that supports Roadrunner athletics. A major goal of UTSA Athletics is to develop each student-athlete into a productive citizen away from the playing field.
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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