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UTSA students save nearly $310K on course materials this fall


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(Oct. 6, 2010)--Thanks to a new textbook rental program launched by Follett Higher Education Group, the UTSA Bookstore saved students $309,688 on course materials this fall. The textbook rental program, called Rent-A-Text, saves students who shop in-store or online 50 percent or more off the cover price of the nation's most popular textbooks.

"With our new rental option, we helped a record number of students save on the cost of course materials and have rented more than 9,207 textbooks," said John Palmer, director of the UTSA Bookstore. "The UTSA Bookstore is pleased to be able to offer competitive pricing, cost-saving options and convenience."

Nationwide, Rent-A-Text is projected to save students more than $130 million during the 2010 academic year. In addition to promised savings, Rent-A-Text offers many benefits including:

  • Same-day service -- Students can rent and return textbooks in-store or online, ensuring they have the right textbooks the day classes start.
  • Real-life usage -- Students can highlight and take notes within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework.
  • Greatest number of payment options -- Students can choose from a variety of ways to pay for their textbook rental including financial aid and the UTSACard.
  • Extra spending -- Up-front savings on the cost of textbooks can be applied to other school supplies students need to succeed.

Students also saved by using CafeScribe, Follett's e-textbook and social networking platform available online and in participating Follett bookstores. The CafeScribe platform provides students the ability to read, search, highlight, bookmark and annotate digital textbooks, as well as share notes and discuss topics with peers in their classrooms and with students around the world.

Launched three years ago, CafeScribe supports more than 10,000 of the most popular textbooks; other digital titles can be added at the request of faculty. More than 100,000 students currently use the platform.

"At a time when other companies are scaling back, Follett is investing heavily in forward-looking initiatives that are designed to drive down the cost of course materials," said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. "Through initiatives like Rent-A-Text and CafeScribe, Follett is pioneering a bookstore of choices that provides students with the greatest number of online and in-store options for affordable textbooks."

For more information, visit the UTSA Bookstore website, the Rent-A-Text website and the CafeScribe website. Follow the UTSA Bookstore on Twitter (@rentatext) and Facebook (




Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main 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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