(Oct. 19, 2010)--Another milestone was reached in the ongoing renovation of the John Peace Library on the UTSA Main Campus with the opening of new spaces for the Writing Center and two units of the Tomas Rivera Center (TRC) -- Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring services. The integration into one unit of the three key academic support programs creates a one-stop student learning center.
The newly renovated wing on the south side of JPL's second floor includes a mix of study rooms, collaborative study spaces, computing resources and staff office space. The move to JPL triples the space for the TRC Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs, accommodating more students for tutoring and group study sessions.
"Students will have a much easier time finding the tutoring program and attending regularly scheduled SI study groups," said Leticia Duncan-Brosnan, TRC executive director. "The new library location will also provide students with convenient access to the academic resources available at the library. It is a great model to have three large academic support programs such as these in one centralized location."
Marguerite Newcomb, associate director of the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence, said the new space will greatly enhance service to students.
"We've grown tremendously in the past few years, and anyone who has visited our last locations knows how crowded they could be," said Newcomb. "The new spaces in the JPL for both our tutor room and our computer lab are beautiful as well as spacious. We believe this move is a continuation of the dream of the Writing Center's founder and namesake, Judith G. Gardner."
Integrating student academic support services into a university's library is an increasingly common phenomenon nationwide, according to Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "It just makes sense for students," she said. "We are trying to find new and creative ways to ensure students graduate from UTSA. I believe one of the keys to engagement is to make all our academic support services as accessible and inviting as we can. With these additional programs now integrated into JPL, students can get the help they need without traveling all over campus."
Library resources once found in the new Writing Center/SI/Tutoring space have been relocated to other areas of the library. A new room dedicated to periodicals, microforms and newspapers has opened on JPL fourth floor.
Two additional components of the JPL renovation project are due to be complete later this semester. An expansion of the Information Commons -- with the addition of 75 computer terminals -- is scheduled to open in late October, and a new 80-seat quiet study room will open in mid-November.
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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