(March 26, 2010)--The NCAA Women's Final Four Division I Basketball Championship comes to town April 2-6 and the festivities include a weekend filled with free, family-fun events and activities.
As the NCAA Final Four host institution, UTSA once again teams up with the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee and the City of San Antonio to host a number of downtown events. San Antonio also hosted the 2008 and 1998 Men's Final Four.
The fun begins at noon, Friday, April 2 at the Alamodome with the Dome Dribble fueled by Powerade. Youths age 18 and under are invited to participate in the free event where they will receive a t-shirt and basketball donated by the NCAA and Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the official basketball supplier of the NCAA. The event will feature several thousand youths dribbling from the Alamodome to Tourney Town, a family-friendly festival celebrating the best in women's college basketball at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Exhibit Hall A. Pre-registration is recommended at the 2010 NCAA Women's Final Four Web site.
Inside Tourney Town spectators will enjoy live music and a deejay hosting fan activities. Basketball courts are adjacent to both stages for youth clinics, open play and deejay hosted games. Fans can choose from a wide variety of concessions, merchandise, roving entertainment, live and pre-recored video programming, and live musical performances by local, regional and national talent.
The concerts kick off at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 2, with Kate Voegele, singer and star of the television show "One Tree Hill," performing.
From 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 3, country music artist Joe Nichols will lead a lineup of performers including J.R. Castillo and Unwound, and Charla Corn.
From noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 4, musical concert performers will include "American Idol" finalist Ayla Brown, Sarah Lenore and DJ Mel to entertain the crowds.
The festivities wrap up at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 with the NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship game.
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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