(April 15, 2010)--The UTSA community is invited to celebrate UTSA Earth Week April 19-23 with a range of informative and fun events about how to live "green" and sustainably.
Most events will be in the University Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 20-22 with events also at the Downtown Campus.
>> Download the UTSA Earth Week events schedule at the University Center Web site.
The highlight of the week will be the Earth Week Info Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the University Center main corridor adjacent to the bookstore. More than 30 UTSA and community organizations will share information on sustainability, recycling, and water and energy conservation. There will be music, food, giveaways and fun for everyone.
Other fair highlights will be:
UTSA Earth Week formerly was an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the UTSA Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) and the Green Society, a registered student organization.
"We very much enjoy bringing the Earth Day message to the campus community," said Richard Garza, UTSA environmental construction and safety manager. "We are even more pleased to join with so many new partners this year to bring the celebration to the University Center."
"We hope all of campus comes by for the fun and information that will be a part of our first-ever Earth Week celebration," said UC Director Lowa Mwilambwe.
This event sponsors include ARAMARK, University Center, UTSA Student Government Association, The Green Society and EHSRM, among others. Read more about ARAMARK's commitment to the environment at the Green Thread Web site.
UTSA Earth Week highlights
Go Green Pledge, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, April 19, University Center food court : Stop by and make a pledge to go green. The display will move to other UTSA dining areas throughout the week. Here's how you can help with earth-saving activities: recycle, turn off lights, compost, use less water, use public transportation and eat sustainable foods. (Go Green Pledge table also will be at the John Peace Library food court, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21.)
Weigh the Waste, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 19, Roadrunner Cafe: The final round of UTSA's semester-long waste reduction competition wiht Southern Methodist University. Students from the UTSA Green Society will be on hand to measure the waste in UTSA's effort to get the least amount of waste per person.
Go Green Brown Bag Lectures, noon, April 20-21: The 30-minute lectures at the UC will feature experts speaking on: Green Jobs and You, Working Together = Green, UTSA Student Green Fund and Solar-Powered Roadrunners: Bringing Solar Power to UTSA.
Free Midday Matinee: "WALL-E," noon, April 21: Take a break while you eat your lunch and enjoy free popcorn in a reusable cup with a free screening of the animated favorite "WALL-E" in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28). The popular film is about a small waste-collecting robot in the distant future that inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Downtown Campus events:
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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