(May 7, 2010)--As another semester wraps up, many students are preparing for the final leg in their road to graduation. One tradition that helps shine light on graduation more than any other is the UTSA ring and the ring presentation ceremony. Alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ring ceremony. On May 3, nearly 200 UTSA students and former students received their rings at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.
Megan Lovelady, a junior communications major, was one of the students receiving a class ring at the ceremony. For her, the ring offers a glimpse at her end goal -- her college degree.
"I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Lovelady. "When you get your ring, you know you're getting closer to finishing."
Lovelady had the full support of her mother and father, Steven Lovelady '89 and Deborah Lovelady; grandmother and grandfather, Jean Fetterman and George Fetterman, and sister Kayla Lovelady, who is a Alumni Association Scholarship recipient. For the Loveladys, the ceremony is a fun reminder that UTSA is becoming a family tradition.
"My husband graduated from UTSA in 1989 and Megan was one week old when she came to his graduation," said Deborah. "And now we also have Kayla who is a freshman this year."
Kayla Lovelady, a UTSA mechanical engineering major, understands the benefits of having an older sister at the same school.
"Since she is older, I always get to see the path that she takes and see the end result," said Kayla. "It's a great insider's point of view." Grandma and Grandpa also got involved by purchasing Megan's ring as an early graduation present. The ring can have many meanings to different people. For the Loveladys, the evening was all about family.
"I think the ring really does represent so much more than just a piece of jewelry," said Deborah "They chose UTSA, and we are really proud of them."
The UTSA Office of Alumni Programs administers the ring program. For more information, call 210-458-4133 or visit the UTSA Alumni Programs website and select "Official UTSA Ring."
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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