(April 29, 2010)--Gifts are arriving daily in response to the "Together, We Are UTSA" 2010 faculty-staff initiative coordinated by the UTSA Office of Annual Giving. The first annual effort targeted specifically to inform and involve UTSA faculty and staff was launched in mid-April and will continue through May.
"It is great to see faculty and staff giving to the university, just as the alumni and students do," said Genevieve Lopez, assistant director of annual giving and manager of the student call center.
Similar to programs at other major universities across the country, "Together, We Are UTSA" was started to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to show their pride in the place they work by making gifts to help support the great things happening across the Tri-campuses.
"The size of the gift is not as important as the act of giving, which demonstrates support for UTSA," said Laura Murray, associate vice president for advancement services and administration. "Small gifts add up and can make a real difference in the ability to respond to unexpected opportunities or needs that arise throughout the year."
While the university relies on state funding and tuition to fund basic programs, state appropriations provide for only 28 percent of the university's budget. Gifts from donors like you help provide essential services as well as exceptional opportunities -- opportunities that have helped UTSA become an emerging research university and provided students access to higher education. With your help, the university will do even more, ensuring that designation as a Tier One university remains within reach.
>> To make a gift or learn more about UTSA fundraising programs, visit the Giving to UTSA website.
For more information and inquiries about special gifts such as scholarships, endowments and planned giving, contact Laura Murray at 210-458-5160.
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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