Tuesday, December 01, 2015


UTSA business students win future global leaders competition

Global Leaders

Pictured from left are Kyle Burns (president and CEO of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio), UTSA student Ryanne Vela, UTSA student Christopher Abowd, Jorge Canavati (vice president of business development, Port of San Antonio), UTSA student Ryan Zapata, Gloria Andrade-Merrell (education committee chair, Free Trade Alliance) and St. Mary's University student Luisa Rodriguez

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(May 13, 2010)--The Free Trade Alliance San Antonio recently collaborated with the International Business Plan Program, a community partner, to encourage international awareness, develop a global perspective and foster the entrepreneurial spirit of local students. The program provides students exposure to real-world business experience to help them develop a global mindset and pursue careers in international business to become our community's global leaders.

UTSA was well represented in the program with seven students from the College of Business on the final list. The juniors and seniors pursuing the bachelor of business administration degree are Ryan Zapata, Ryanne Vela, Christopher Abowd, Lourdes Michelle Munoz, Randolph Scott, Danielle Montes and Vera Shamanina.

First place in the Future Global Leaders Business Plan competition was won by Ryan Zapata, Ryanne Vela and Christopher Abowd from UTSA and Luisa Rodrigues from St. Mary's University. The students were teamed with Sarah Sanchez, a mentor from H-E-B's global sourcing department. The team developed an internal marketing plan for H-E-B, initiating an internal strategic alliance between H-E-B Cooking Connections and the global sourcing department. The plan was focused on H-E-B's innovative competitive advantage to showcase their globally sourced products through the Cooking Connection kiosk.

The program would increase consumer awareness, basket size and overall gross profit by $100 million within five years. The winners received several awards including a $2,500 cash prize divided among team members, a one-year student membership in the Free Trade Alliance and the Global Leaders certificate. An awards luncheon was April 27 with representatives from participating schools joining the students to support them in this important success.



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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