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UTSA, students, city leaders team up to curtail shelter animal problem

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No-kill goal: finding homes for 70 percent of shelter animals

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(Nov. 1, 2010)--Nine UTSA graduate students and more than 100 local high school students are joining forces to help the city of San Antonio reach its 2012 no-kill goal.

The "Learn from Each Other and Serve San Antonio: No-Kill Project" will begin with a kickoff summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1 in the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger will open the summit with a discussion at 9:15 a.m. The event is hosted by the Center for Policy Studies in the UTSA College of Public Policy.

Service dogs, adopted pets and their owners as well as a dog show will be featured. UTSA graduate students also will share visual presentations about their experiences working at local animal shelters.

The summit unites UTSA graduate students, high school students, city leaders and representatives from various agencies to brainstorm ways San Antonio can meet its 2012 goal of finding homes for at least 70 percent of its shelter animals. The effort is part of the city's "no-kill" mission that began in 2006 when Hardberger, mayor of San Antonio at the time, and the city council challenged San Antonio to become recognized as a no-kill city by 2012.

The UTSA collaboration, funded by grants from the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Alvarez Research Excellence Fund, focuses on city council districts 1 through 6 because of the high stray populations in these areas.

"We have teamed up with high school students in these districts because they are the future of their communities," said UTSA graduate student and project leader Cathron Sterling. "We will help them develop campaigns in their communities focusing on the importance of spaying and neutering dogs and cats. We will also help them to promote responsible pet ownership."

Molly Cox is director of the Center for Policy Studies. The center oversees the UTSA graduate student interaction and serves as a support system for the student-based initiative in conjunction with Renee Nank, UTSA assistant professor of public administration.

"We are excited about this collaboration because it gives our university another avenue in which to serve society," said Cox. "Controlling the pet population not only reduces the abundance of stray animals, it protects the community from diseases that can spread from animals that don't receive proper vaccinations and other medical care."



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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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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