(Aug. 23, 2010)--UTSA now offers textbook rental at the bookstores on the Main and Downtown campuses. The Rent-A-Text service offers students 50 percent or more off the price of purchasing new textbooks. The program is available for approximately one-third of titles at UTSA and will grow with faculty involvement.
A program with bookstore operator Follett Higher Education Group, Rent-A-Text is based on Follett's pilot program with seven schools across the country including the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. In the first semester, students saved nearly $2 million and more than 90 percent of students surveyed expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.
"We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century," said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. "Helping to reduce the cost of higher education is part of our mission, and we look forward to working with UTSA to deliver substantial textbook savings to students."
Students have the option of buying a new textbook at the regular price, purchasing a used text at 75 percent of the regular price or renting a text at an average of 50 percent of the regular price. Rent-A-Text allows highlighting, note taking and the normal wear-and-tear associated with coursework -- and also presents a sustainable choice, extending the textbook life cycle.
To participate in the program, students must present government-issued identification and provide collateral in the form of a credit card to be used only in the event of non-returns. Participants will be reminded to return rentals through e-mail or text messages.
Students also can convert their rental into a standard sale for a small premium. When the semester is completed, rentals must be returned in acceptable condition after finals.
For more information visit the Rent-A-Text website.
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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