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SBA honors UTSA with award for service, excellence and innovation

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(May 17, 2010)--The UTSA Contracting Resource Center will receive the Small Business Development Center Service, Excellence and Innovation Center Award May 20 during a local celebration of National Small Business Week. The recognition comes from the San Antonio District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the South-West Border SBDC Network at The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

The Contracting Resource Center (CRC) is one of nine organizations, small businesses and individuals that will be recognized for excellence. In the last year, the CRC has reorganized and expanded its focus to include contractor services, human resources and strategic management, veterans assistance and sustainable development.

Despite managing a great deal of organizational change during FY 2009, the center worked with nearly 500 businesses, helping clients gain government contract awards worth more than $306 million. More than 500 jobs were created by clients of the program during this period as well.

"It takes a good team to consistently achieve excellence in performance; however, when a team can achieve excellence while undergoing major changes like the CRC went through last year, you know you have a great team," said Director Linda Ramirez.

The annual breakfast awards ceremony is 9 a.m., Thursday, May 20 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango Blvd.

The recognition is part of National Small Business Week, which has been proclaimed by the president of the United States every year since 1963 to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.

The event is free, but registration is required; contact Frances Riojas at 210-458-2453.



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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