(Aug. 6, 2010)--Something changed this summer for UTSA students that could make life a little less complicated. Beginning July 29, students were given the option to designate their preferred e-mail account. The e-mail change is part of OIT Summer Splash, a series of projects by the Office of Information Technology to improve the online experience for UTSA students, faculty and staff.
Previously, official UTSA correspondence was sent exclusively to a student's "my.utsa.edu" e-mail account. However, statistics and anecdotal evidence showed many students rarely checked their official e-mail accounts. That meant students could be missing important and time-sensitive information sent from UTSA.
In January, the Office of Information Technology asked students which e-mail account they would prefer to designate as their official method of communication -- "my.utsa.edu" or another personal e-mail account.
"Over 4,000 UTSA students responded to our online poll," said Cindy Espinoza, project manager. "We were really surprised to see the vote was split almost exactly down the middle. Because the vote was so close, it was decided to allow students to make their own choice."
Consequently, OIT worked closely with the UTSA Office of the Registrar to create a new process. Changes were made to computer applications and a communication plan was set into motion. As a result, students now can log in to the ASAP information system to designate a preferred e-mail account.
Faculty members will begin seeing a variety of e-mail addresses in applications such as Blackboard and Banner. Most importantly, students now can receive information from UTSA in the e-mail account they are most likely to access. It may sound like a small change, but it is one that will provide great benefits including improving communication.
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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