(Dec. 2, 2010)--UTSA will participate in the Gulf oil spill recovery through a program that helps businesses impacted by the spill regain their economic footing.
The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC), a unit of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, is in the initial steps of implementing the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Adjustment Assistance (GOSDAA) program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce for a three-year period, the program is one of several projects initiated by the Economic Development Administration to address the economic impacts of the BP oil spill.
"The goal of this program is to identify firms that have experienced a decline in their operations, loss of employees and declines in sales due to the affects of the oil spill, and develop recovery strategies for them to pursue to reverse those declines," said Robert Velasquez, SWTAAC director.
Velasquez advises that under the new program, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and service firms are eligible for consideration. However, firms engaged in the seafood industry will be targeted in the first wave of assistance to develop recovery strategies.
The SWTAAC recently opened a temporary office in Houma, La., to administer the program, and the strategy is to address the current and future economic states of each firm, as well as the local and regional economy as a whole by establishing both short-term and long-term plans for economic recovery.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration announced the award in September as part of a larger aid program designed to further the region's economic recovery. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig operated by BP exploded, killing 11 crewmen and leading to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center is one of 11 centers across the nation that administer Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The local office is administered by UTSA and delivers services to Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
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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