(March 8, 2010)--The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging all Texas spring breakers to avoid traveling to border cities in Mexico because of drug-related violence in northern Mexico. In keeping with the concern for the safety of students and the entire UTSA community, UTSA will host events March 8-11 to raise awareness of fun and safe Spring Break activities and health resources at UTSA and in the community. Read more about the special events on UTSA Today.
"There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel-related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed," said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw.
The U.S. State Department Web site lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should check that site for the latest information related to security issues in Mexico.
During the spring break season, DPS will have extra troopers on patrol looking for DWIs, seatbelt violators and speeders.
"We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way," said David Baker, assistant director of the Texas Highway Patrol. "You don't want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe."
Tips for a safe Spring Break
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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