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UTSA receives StormReady accreditation from National Weather Service

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(Sept. 28, 2010)--UTSA recently became the first institution in the UT System, the first higher education institution in San Antonio and the fifth Texas university to be StormReady accredited. StormReady is a National Weather Service (NWS) program created to ensure American communities have advance warning of hazardous weather.

>> A StormReady University Accreditation Award Ceremony is 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct.6 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the UTSA community.

The benefits of the StormReady program for UTSA are:

  • Faster and more effective hazardous weather warnings
  • Detailed, clear recommendations and requirements to help establish and improve hazardous weather operations
  • Enhanced preparedness for emergency situations

Developed in 1999 in Oklahoma, StormReady accreditation requires early-warning and monitoring systems, along with educational and awareness events. Training and preparation are key to ensuring public safety and preserving property.

UTSA began preparation in August 2009 and received "StormReady University" accreditation July 29, 2010. The accreditation must be renewed every three years. To be officially certified "StormReady," six guidelines must be met:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Establish multiple ways to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings.
  • Utilize local weather and water monitoring equipment.
  • Establish multiple ways to alert the public.
  • Promote community preparedness through community seminars and training and community guidelines to react in the event of hazardous weather.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan that includes reporting damage to NWS and an annual NWS visit to the campus.


Why is the StormReady program important?

Of all the countries on Earth, the United States is the most prone to severe weather. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes and an average of two deadly hurricanes making landfall. This is on top of intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other potentially deadly weather in San Antonio. "StormReady University" accreditation helps ensure the UTSA community is ready for weather emergencies.

Some 90 percent of presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to approximately 500 deaths and nearly $14 billion in damage each year. StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property through safety programs, planning, education and awareness.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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