(Jan. 28, 2010)--Roadrunner debaters had a great holiday break, competing in two back-to-back tournaments at the University of North Texas (Denton) and UT Dallas. By the end of six days of debate, UTSA was ranked sixth in the nation among more than 250 college and university debate teams.
UTSA leads debate powerhouses such as Dartmouth, Cornell, Oklahoma, Harvard, Michigan State, Wake Forest, University of Kansas, U.S. Military Academy, UT Austin and Vanderbilt. At the close of the fall 2009 semester, UTSA was ranked 11th nationally.
During the break, debaters Andy Montee and Chris Thomas placed fourth in the championship division at the University of North Texas, defeating teams from Kansas State, Binghamton, Emory, Emporia, Baylor and Trinity. UTSA novices Jessica Mendez and Emil Calhoun beat teams from Kansas State, Richmond and Rochester, placing second overall in the tournament.
At UT Dallas, Montee and Thomas placed fifth among 144 teams, winning over teams from Samford, Binghamton, Baylor, Emory and Trinity. Junior Division debaters Austin Montee and Tyler Colwell won their division by besting debaters from North Texas, Richmond, Binghamton and Wyoming. UTSA novices Mendez and Calhoun also placed first by beating University of Florida in the final round.
Individually, our debaters did well. In Denton, Andy Montee placed ninth and Chris Thomas came in eighth among all speakers. Jessica Mendez won the fourth-place speaker award in the Novice Division. In Dallas, Andy Montee placed 19th and Chris Thomas placed 13th among 288 debaters. Austin Montee placed seventh in the Junior Varsity division.
Five more tournaments remain in the 2009-2010 season. UT Austin, which draws a large national field of teams, is Feb. 5-8, followed by four regional and national championship tournaments.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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