(Sept. 29, 2010)--If results from a recent dialogue at The University of Texas at San Antonio are any indication, the future of education in the city and region has promise.
More than 100 students, parents, community leaders and members of nonprofit, business and civic organizations gathered for a two-day brainstorming session to address the issues of education. Participants focused on ways to make a seamless education system that will benefit students from preschool to college and curb the area's excessive dropout rate, which is estimated at four out of every 10 students.
The two-day conversation, "Community Conversation on Strengthening Education from Birth through College and Career," was conducted at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event was hosted by the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the National League of Cities, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and UTSA.
The candid and open dialogue included brainstorming sessions focusing on the area's past and present educational accomplishments and problems, and concluded with a vision for future success including how to address technology in the classrooms, continue operations in the midst of funding cuts, and create better transitions between levels of educational attainment.
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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