(Jan. 14, 2010)--According to various news services, desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday in quake-stunned Haiti, while rescuers struggled to save the trapped and injured. The death toll from the earthquake could be between 45,000 and 50,000 with an estimated three million people hurt or homeless, a senior Haitian Red Cross official said Thursday. University records indicate several UTSA students are from Haiti.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Haiti and with those reaching out to them as the country deals with this catastrophic earthquake," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We hope that our Haitian students' families are well and that they can be in contact with them soon."
>> Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to help the relief effort in Haiti right now. To help immediately, contribute online to the American Red Cross or simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Standard texting rates may apply. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes to which the customer should reply "yes" to complete the donation. (Read more about AT&T Inc. initiatives to assist Haiti.)
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama offered to Haiti "the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake" and ordered "a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives? A top priority is accounting for the thousands of American citizens who are currently in Haiti." Additionally, Obama pledged that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Department of Defense will work closely with U.S. partners in Haiti, the region and around the world.
Families of Americans living in Haiti who are trying to determine the status of loved ones are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. Because the line is experiencing a high volume of calls at this time, patience is requested.
>> For additional updated information, monitor the White House Haiti Earthquake Web site.
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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