(Nov. 8, 2010)--The UTSA Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC will host a ceremony in observance of Veterans Day at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 at the flag poles between the John Peace Library and the Arts Building on the Main Campus. Both military organizations will be involved with a color guard, reveille ceremony and speeches to honor our country's veterans.
Additionally, the UTSA Department of Music will host a Veteran's Day salute at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the salute will include a photo slide presentation of UTSA employees who served in the military. The inaugural event will feature orchestral performances of patriotic music by UTSA students including "The Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless the USA," "Requieim for a Soldier" and an armed forces medley. The salute is dedicated to the memory of Cpl. Jorge Villareal Jr., a local Marine who lost his life last month in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan. Villareal's wife, mother and sister will attend the concert. Brig. Gen. John Rollston will be the guest speaker.
According to the Texas Veterans Commission, UTSA has the most student veterans enrolled with educational benefits in the state with 1,604. UTSA has more than double the 695 student veterans enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. Student veterans are known for their involvement in school organizations such as ROTC, giving them the opportunity to continue to serve while gaining an education. Cadets at UTSA have the advantage of seeing a more accurate glimpse of the military while they earn their commissions.
"Being a cadet in a military town, we have the benefit of being surrounded by prior service members who have served in real-life situations," said Ryan Vestil, Army ROTC cadet. "It's obvious why UTSA has such great ROTC programs."
The national ceremony will be at Arlington National Cemetery where President Obama will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns while "Taps" is played. Nov. 11 is celebrated as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in countries around the world. The signing of the armistice by Germany in 1918 on the 11th hour, day and month gives the date its significance. The armistice signing formally ended World War I.
Both the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC at UTSA are distinguished programs. Air Force Detachment 842 earned the title of best overall large unit in the nation by winning the AFROTC Right of Line Award. The Army ROTC Roadrunner Battalion is ranked fourth in its region where cadets compete with 36 other schools in the Southwest.
For more information, visit the Veterans Certification Office website or call 210-458-8000.
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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