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UTSA debate team is off to strong start with fourth-place national rank

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(Oct. 14, 2010)--After three tournaments in the first month of the fall semester, UTSA debaters are already ranked fourth in the nation. Chris Spurlock and his partner Scott Koslow won 10th and ninth speaker awards at Gonzaga University. A third UTSA debater, Andy Montee, won the sixth-place speaker award. Both teams advanced to elimination rounds and lost, placing them fifth in the tournament.

Spurlock, Koslow, Montee and Derek Liles had no rest before debating the next weekend at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Neither team advanced to elimination rounds, however, they garnered impressive wins against teams from Emory, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Michigan State.

A much larger crew of debaters, Tia Robertson, Michael Tahmoressi, Michael Ely, Michael Stroud, Tyler Colwell, Jordan Nerison, Emil Calhoun, Brianna Roberts, Matt Colmenero, Jessica Mendez and brothers Andy Montee and Austin Montee, debated at Wichita State University.

Ely, Stroud, the Montees, Colwell and his partner, freshman Jordan Nerison, in her first college tournament, advanced to elimination rounds. Montee and Montee made it to finals where they lost to a University of Oklahoma team, finishing in second place.

Thus far in the 2010-2011 season, UTSA debaters have defeated teams from Whitman College, Arizona State, Oregon, UT Austin, Wyoming, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia, Michigan State, Emory, North Texas, Missouri State, Wichita State, Kansas, Missouri - Kansas City, Emporia and Oklahoma.

Currently, UTSA leads a long and impressive list of more than 250 schools fielding debate teams: Harvard (17th), UT Austin (16th) and California - Berkeley (14th). The Roadrunners will debate next in a large nationally prominent field of competitors at Northwestern University.



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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