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UTSA students can prepare for park ranger jobs in free SAC program

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National Park Service ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Photo courtesy of NPS)

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(Feb. 2, 2010)--The National Park Service (NPS) and San Antonio College are co-sponsoring the tuition-free ProRanger program, a two-year academic program that prepares college students for jobs in law enforcement in national parks. The application deadline is Feb. 12 and classes begin in March.

To be eligible for the program, you must be:

  • A U.S citizen or national
  • A college student accepted and enrolled in an accredited school (technical or vocational school, or two- or four-year college or university)
  • Taking at least a half-time course load as defined by their programs
  • At least age 21 at the completion of the program and no older than age 37. Veterans may be exempt from the age requirements (contact the ProRanger manager to discuss your situation)
  • Able to pass security clearance, criminal history and drug checks

The ProRanger program provides training and professional development during the school year and paid NPS summer internships. Applicants must be dedicated, serious individuals who can demonstrate potential in and outside of the classroom.

ProRanger enhances and complements the student's undergraduate degree program. The curriculum and professional development are developed to work with course schedules and time requirements.

Law enforcement park rangers are part of the NPS Visitor and Resource Protection Division. Their duties vary depending upon which of the nearly 400 national parks they are assigned. The salary for qualified rangers begins at $30,000 per year.

For more information, contact Lavell Merritt, ProRanger manager, at 210-486-1701 or visit the SAC ProRanger Web site.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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