(April 12, 2010)--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a master's degree in urban and regional planning in the UTSA College of Architecture. The program will prepare students for careers and leadership roles in planning and community design both in the public and private sectors.
The new program is UTSA's 49th master's degree and the third graduate program in the College of Architecture. The degree will emphasize the development of research capabilities and graphic skills needed in planning. The primary focus will be to prepare students to become practitioners in the planning profession.
"We are excited to be able to offer this graduate degree to our students," said Richard Tangum, coordinator and graduate adviser of record for the master of science degree program in urban and regional planning. "Cities all across the nation including San Antonio are changing. Thus, the demand for qualified planning professionals is on the rise and, with this program, UTSA hopes to bridge that gap."
Policy makers and local and state public officials are already confronting complex planning issues in and around San Antonio. UTSA is part of the South Texas region with a population of 3,884,115 (2000 Census). The Texas State Demographer has predicted that this region could reach a population of nearly eight million by 2040, placing a tremendous burden on communities and counties.
Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the UTSA master's degree in urban and regional planning will begin in fall 2010.
For more information visit the UTSA College of Architecture Web site or call 210-458-2559.
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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