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UTSA students start organization based on philanthropy and going green


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(May 14, 2010)--A group of nine UTSA students recently started an organization based on philanthropy and going green. Called The Movement, the registered student organization is busy collecting recyclable, used paper and plastic at UTSA.

On their first day, they collected 113 pounds of recyclable, used paper, six pounds of unused paper (donated to Boone elementary school for art projects) and 10 pounds of plastic. The 113 pounds is equivalent to approximately 11,300 sheets of paper. Around the world, approximately 4 billion trees are harvested each year for paper (35 percent of harvested trees); one tree yields 9,000 sheets of paper.

The organization will participate in initiatives such as, "Empty Your Backpack," where students can drop off their unneeded notebooks, review sheets, papers and unbound textbooks for recycling and donation. All used material will be recycled appropriately and all unused, blank end-of-the-notebook pages will be donated to a local elementary school for art and note projects.

"More than 29,000 UTSA students have an average of five 250-sheet notebooks," said Travis Jourdan, a member of The Movement. "That is more than 36.2 million sheets of paper or 4,025 trees per semester."

The group also will accept donated textbooks, which will be sold to raise funds for future initiatives. Plans include recruiting volunteers for nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society.

For more information about The Movement, e-mail



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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