(Aug. 13, 2010)--A redesigned UTSA home page will be launched the evening of Aug. 13. The new site better reflects UTSA's strategic goals and features easy-to-find information for the primary target audiences of prospective faculty members, students and parents.
The redesigned site comes with the university push for Tier One research status, recent academic advances, addition of a football program and development of a more traditional university environment. With more students living on and near the Main Campus, the new site reflects evolving campus life with more evening and weekend events and activities.
"The previous site, which was launched in 2007, included a lot of lists and links that made it difficult for users to find information quickly," said Shashi Pinheiro, UTSA associate director of Web services. "Navigation is improved tremendously on the new site. You can immediately see areas for admissions, academics, campus life, athletics, alumni and other areas."
Craig Evans, UTSA executive director of creative services, said, "The redesigned site is more contemporary. We wanted it to reflect our beautiful campuses and to spotlight the exciting things going on at the university, and I think we have done that."
In the design process, efforts were made to accommodate broad internal and external audiences with streamlined access to colleges, degree programs and campus services. The new website promotes news, events, and academic and research information, keeping in mind the primary target audiences, everyday users, the growing number of alumni, research organizations, corporations, businesses and donors.
The new site also reflects UTSA new visibility and outreach efforts in the community with consideration of the university's strategic goals of serving society through research and community outreach, promoting access and affordability, enhancing recruitment and retainment, and enriching experiences by focusing on campus life.
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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