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Irene Maldonado named SBA Minority Business Champion of the Year

Irene Maldonado

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(May 25, 2010)--The San Antonio District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network honored Irene Maldonado, UTSA HUB program manager, as the SBA Minority Business Champion of the Year.

Maldonado received the award at a May 20 ceremony at the UTSA Downtown Campus as part of SBA's Small Business Week.

"I'm very humbled to be in the company of so many small business advocates," said Maldonado. "I could not have achieved this without the support of my department."

In fiscal year 2009, UTSA ranked third among the University of Texas System institutions in the percentage of eligible expenditures spent with historically underutilized businesses (HUB). UTSA spent more than $16.5 million with HUB vendors, which are minority- and women-owned businesses certified by the state. The total amount spent with HUB vendors accounted for more than 25 percent of UTSA's eligible purchases.

Every year since 1963, every president of the United States has declared National Small Business Week to formally recognize the important role and contribution of America's small businesses. Events nationwide recognize top entrepreneurs for their achievements including individuals and organizations that champion small business.

Small business champions are chosen based on advocacy efforts to support home-based and women-owned businesses and minority entrepreneurship. Financial champions are chosen for efforts in providing financial services to small business owners.



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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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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