UTSA debate team is No. 1 in nation in varsity and junior varsity divisions First place: Michael Stroud, Michael Ely, Jordan Nerison, Tia Robertson
(Oct. 26, 2010)--After a weekend tournament in Kansas City where Roadrunner debaters placed first in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions, UTSA rose from fourth place in the nation to first in one ranking system and second in another.
Michael Stroud and partner Michael Ely took first place in the Kansas City tournament. Stroud won the First Speaker award. The pairing was voted most congenial in the tournament. Another varsity team, Austin Montee and Justin King, won four preliminary debates and advanced to elimination rounds. Montee won the Seventh Speaker award. Another UTSA debater, Tyler Colwell, paired with Michael Tahmoressi, won the 10th Speaker award.
In the junior varsity division, Jordan Nerison and Tia Robertson advanced to elimination rounds where they won the final round placing first. Nerison won the Fifth Speaker award. Also competing in the junior varsity division, Brianna Roberts and Emil Calhoun, battled their way through six rounds in their second tournament since making the step up from the novice division.
UTSA debate coach Skip Eno won the Amy Fugate Leadership Award for lifetime contributions to the collegiate debate community.
The Roadrunners are in first place in the National Debate Tournament -- NDT rankings in two categories, overall debate (all divisions) and varsity -- the first time UTSA has ranked in the top five in this elite championship-level ranking system. In the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) rankings, UTSA sits in second place behind Liberty University by a scant two points.
The debate team at UTSA leads top national debate powerhouses from, Oklahoma (fourth), Harvard (sixth), Emory (10th), California, Berkeley (11th), UT Austin (24th), Dartmouth (54th), and Kentucky (58th). They lead other regional programs from Baylor (13th), Trinity (50th) and UT Dallas (57th).
Harvard University will be the site of UTSA's next debates Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
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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