(April 13, 2010)--As the 2009-2010 season came to an end, UTSA debaters faced the daunting task of two major national championship tournaments hosted by UC Berkeley, an 11-day spring vacation debate-fest.
At the first tournament, the National Debate Tournament, an invitation-only competition structured much like basketball's NCAA National Championship (NDT), UTSA qualified one team, Andy Montee and Chris Thomas, appearing in their second consecutive NDT.
UTSA has qualified for this elite field of debaters three times in the last five years. Montee and Thomas won four of their eight debates, falling one ballot short of progressing to elimination rounds. Assistant Debate Coach Chris Crowe judged every elimination round including the final national championship debate.
The Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament (CEDA) came next. UTSA entered three teams in the open field of 208 teams from across the country. Andy Montee and Chris Thomas had a very successful run in the tournament. They won seven of eight preliminary rounds, which resulted in a seventh-seed position in elimination rounds.
Montee and Thomas defeated teams from UT Dallas, Oklahoma, Liberty, Emory and Louisville in the preliminary rounds. After winning their first two elimination rounds, they lost to Towson University on a 2-1 split decision, ending up sixth in the tournament. Two other UTSA teams also competed at CEDA: Austin Montee and Derek Liles, and Tyler Colwell and Michael Tahmoressi.
Chris Thomas won eighth speaker out of 416 debaters; Austin Montee was 21st. Thomas was named to the CEDA All-American Debate Team and Montee was chosen for the Academic All-American Team. Chris Crowe, UTSA assistant debate coach, was elected as CEDA's South-Central Region Critic of the Year. He judged the championship round of the tournament, making him the third critic in debate history to appear on the final panels of the NDT and CEDA in the same year.
UTSA Debate finished the year ranked 10th in the nation, ranked behind schools such as UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Cornell and Emory, and ahead of a long list of debate powerhouses: U.S. Military Academy, Harvard, Vanderbilt, UT Austin, Baylor, Dartmouth and Kentucky.
UTSA debaters now will immerse themselves in their studies and begin to research and prepare themselves for another intense and hopefully successful season beginning in August.
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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