(Sept. 30, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today a two-year, $287,050 grant from the San Antonio-based Ewing Halsell Foundation to support the Generating Educational Excellence in Mathematics and Science (GE2MS) program, which recruits and prepares science and math students to become effective educators.
A partnership of the UTSA College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development, GE2MS features an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows undergraduates to earn teaching credentials while earning math or science degrees. In partnership with San Antonio public school districts, the program gives students a chance to visit classrooms, attend seminars, and network with new and seasoned teachers as they prepare to enter the field.
Through the support of the Ewing Halsell Foundation, up to 50 GE2MS students will receive $3,000 scholarships through the spring 2012 semester to complete student teaching. The funding is critical for many who expect to lose financial aid while they student teach, because the responsibility prohibits them from taking additional courses and enrolling full-time to qualify for financial aid.
Additionally, the foundation's gift will fund:
"This funding will allow us to develop ourselves and focus on developing our skills in the classroom," said GE2MS student Adam Eannarino. "Many of us have families and kids. Instead of waiting tables or pumping gas in the evenings after our student teaching, this means we get to go home and be parents and spouses."
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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