(Dec. 1, 2010)--A team of 69 UTSA faculty, staff, students and family members participated in the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon, winning the Get Fit Challenge for the Extra Large Corporate division. The group, who called themselves the UTSA 'Runners, were among more than 27,000 people who ran or walked in the third annual marathon and half-marathon on Nov 14.
This is the second year UTSA has fielded a team for the event. Free marathon training for the UTSA 'Runners was offered through the UTSA wellness program, Rowdy New U.
"Being a part of the wellness program did motivate me to try the half-marathon last year, and out of that experience, I wanted to do the full marathon this year. I absolutely loved the marathon -- it was awesome!" said Catherine Nolan-Ferrell, UTSA assistant professor of history. "Running is a great stress-reliever for me, and since I'm up for tenure this year, it was my way of trying to get my mind off of waiting for the tenure decision. I'm actually training now for the New Orleans marathon and have already registered for the San Antonio marathon next year."
Other UTSA participants included Casy Alejandro, Elda Alejandro, Sarah Alejandro, Dacia Allen, Janet Barber, Joseph Barber (team coach), Lamar Benfield, Kelly Buchanan, Laura Carrera, Elizabeth Carter, Terry Cheatwood, Ilna Colemere, Eric Cooper, Emily Fry, Candace DeLeon, Beth Downing, Denise Garcia, TJ Garcia, Sondra Gervasi, Rhonda Gonzales, Wanda Guntz, Amy Gutierrez, Ann Hainline, Kristina Hamilton, Robert Hard, Catherine Herrberg, Chris Herrberg, Nathan Hiebert, Ceth Holt, Sarah Horn, Elvira Jacquez, Carlos Jimenez, Steven Kellman, Sonja Lanehart, Angela Lozano, Andrew Mayo, Jeffery Mayo, Rebeca Medrano, Amanda Mitchell, Eva Montecinos, Lizette Nale, Julie Olsen, Caleb Pendleton, Karen Pfeil, Kristee Phelps, Melody Piepho, Brittany Pratt, Juliet Ray, Martin Rodriguez, Jacob Sanchez, Veronica Sanchez, Ryan Sanford, Hatim Sharif, Keri Shiplet, Tiffany Silvas, Nicole Smith, Jennifer Snellgrove, Amy Strong, Anthony Tsang, Rose Varela, James Ward and Candace Zepeda.
UTSA wellness coordinator Kristee Phelps said she was especially pleased to see more runners and walkers on this year's team. Last year, UTSA had 56 participants.
"An event like this takes great dedication and time to train, and it's wonderful to see so many individuals from the UTSA community commit to such a great physical challenge," Phelps said. "I am proud of all that competed and finished the race, and I also want to thank all of the UTSA individuals who volunteered to make the day run smoothly. I hope we have even more participation in next year's Rock 'n' Roll marathon."
The 2011 event is set for Sunday, Nov. 13.
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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