(Nov. 23, 2010)--Four UTSA Student Government Association officers recently attended the National Association for Campus Activities Student Government Institute in Golden, Colo. The institute is one of two national institutes specifically for student government leaders and is held each summer. This is the sixth year UTSA participated in the event.
Derek Trimm, S.G.A. president and senior finance major from Houston; Nicole Munoz, S.G.A. vice president and junior political science major from San Antonio; Roger Frigstad, S.G.A. treasurer and business management major from San Antonio; and Xavier Johnson, S.G.A. secretary and sophomore liberal arts major from Austin, attended the event with Barry McKinney, S.G.A. co-adviser and director of student activities, and John Montoya, S.G.A. adviser and assistant director of student activities. McKinney has served the past three years as the national association's institute series coordinator.
The institute was conducted at the Colorado School of the Mines and covered topics including town-gown relations, public relations, recruiting and retaining members, parliamentary procedure and sustainability, which was this year's theme.
It was especially pertinent to learn about sustainability, then visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, attend a local farmer's market to see the world's natural resources, and then learn how to incorporate sustainable activities on a college campus.
The students were able to network with other student government leaders from more than 25 campuses across the United States including Arizona State University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Florida, Georgetown School of Law and Kennesaw State University.
Additionally, students experienced the culture of Colorado and the historic West. They visited the gravesite of Buffalo Bill and toured Red Rocks, which was once one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. They visited Rocky Mountain National Park and the city of Estes Park.
The group also spent time interacting with the student government leaders of the University of Colorado to get information on becoming more sustainable on campus. They also researched some of the University of Colorado traditions related to football in preparation for the start of football next fall at UTSA.
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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