(Jan. 20, 2010)--It's time for UTSA faculty, staff and students to start training at the Recreation Center to participate in the 26th annual UTSA Alumni Diploma Dash 5K San Antonio City Championship Race and Fitness Walk . Proclaimed by Mayor Julian Castro the San Antonio city championship, the popular event is Saturday, Feb. 27 on the UTSA Main Campus. Race-day registration, packet pick-up and stretching will begin at 8 a.m. at the Convocation Center with the starting gun firing at 9 a.m. Family participation is welcome.
There is a host of community sponsors, and alumni and UTSA volunteers promise a morning of exercise, great amenities and prizes. Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, proceeds benefit the UTSA Alumni Scholarship Fund, UTSA track athletes, and alumni programs and services.
New this year is the UTSA Department Team 5K Challenge for faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff can form one or more teams of five persons at $25 per runner; register by Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs, University Center Room 2.00.10, Main Campus.
Scores of the five team members will be averaged to determine the winning team, and a trophy is awarded to the department to show off until next year's Department Team 5K Challenge. Each team member must sign the waiver on the Diploma Dash registration form. For more information on the Department Team 5K Challenge, contact Cherilyn Patteson at 210-458-4133.
With a new racecourse around the Main Campus, the route is a certified, 5K flat and fast course for runners and a scenic 1.5-mile course for walkers. The race is chip-timed.
Medals and prizes will be awarded in Open, Masters and 13 age categories. Compete in the Corporate Team Challenge, UTSA Student Team Challenge or ROTC Challenge. A new Event Record prize for male and female will be offered. Special divisions include Clydesdale (male, 190 pounds and up) and Filly (female, 140 pounds and up) and a Wheelchair division, with first-, second- and third-place medals given to men and women. Each registrant will receive a long-sleeved event t-shirt and goodie bag.
Co-chairs for this year's event are Susan Campbell '89 and Jennifer Villarreal '06. Committee members are April Ancira '03, Catherine Austin '07, Tim Boeder, Doug Campbell, Glenn Errhalt '88, Gerardo Escamilla '98, Omar Hernandez, Steven Langley '05, Debbie Prost '79, Joey Ramos '00, Sloan Thomas and Ed Zapata '08.
>> Register by midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 25 for $25, $35 on race day. UTSA student registration is $10; form a team for the Student Team Challenge with any number of runners. Children age 14 and under are encouraged to sign up for only $10 as part of the special Diploma Dash Kids Program sponsored by H-E-B; each registrant gets a goodie bag, t-shirt and certificate.
For details, call the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at 210-458-4133.
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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