(Sept. 24, 2010)--The Movement, a UTSA student organization based on philanthropy and going green, will host the "Bag the Plastic" recycling initiative beginning at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27. Group members will knock on doors at apartment complexes near the UTSA Main Campus to collect plastic grocery bags for recycling.
"This initiative is to do a service not only for students, but also the environment," said Travis Jourdan, a member of The Movement. "Another main goal is to make people aware of how toxic these bags are to the ecosystem, which affects humans and animals."
According to Jourdan, approximately one billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags, and more than 100,000 marine mammals eat the plastic bags and suffer a painful death.
Plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a petroleum product. With four to five trillion plastic bags manufactured each year, approximately one third of them are thrown away with only one percent being recycled. It takes 1,000 years for one polyethylene bag to break down, and as it does, toxic substances leach into the soil and enter the food chain.
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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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