Friday, November 27, 2015


Provost blogs about academic life at The University of Texas at San Antonio

John Frederick

UTSA Provost John H. Frederick
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(April 27, 2010)--UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John H. Frederick has begun a blog to share with the university community his thoughts and perspectives as UTSA's chief academic officer.

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"As much time as I spend meeting with people around campus, it's impossible to personally reach out to everyone. We have 1,600 faculty members alone at UTSA, plus all our staff and our 29,000 students," Frederick said. "But, it was important to me to be able to communicate with everyone here about our efforts to become a premier research university, and a blog seemed like a good way to do that."

Frederick plans to update his blog weekly with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and reflections on his own experiences, as well as stories about others in the UTSA community.

"I welcome reader comments on the blog," Frederick said. "I really want this to be a valuable and enjoyable resource for my colleagues in Academic Affairs and everyone else here at UTSA. So getting feedback about what people want to hear and read about is crucial.

"And I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it."



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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