(Jan. 19, 2011)--The basketballs are ready to be handed out and the ballers are ready to step to the paint when the new sports court opens at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Jesse Zapata, UTSA vice provost for the Downtown Campus, will make the first two-point shot, and maybe even a three-point shot, during the official opening of the sports court at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. The court is on the former grassy area between the Durango and Frio Street buildings and will be used for recreational basketball and volleyball as well as official games and tournaments.
"I think that the sports court is a good example of our efforts to provide students with a well rounded experience at the Downtown Campus," said Zapata. "We provide excellent educational experiences, but we are always striving to offer students opportunities for involvement in activities outside of the classroom. The sports court will be an additional opportunity for students who use it to feel connected to UTSA."
The lighted court will be available free for UTSA students, faculty and staff. Participants can use the court at any time and provide their own equipment, but Campus Rec personnel will be available to provide UTSA equipment from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.
"Students, faculty and staff can schedule court time using our current policies and procedures for court reservations listed on the UTSA Campus Recreation website," said Rudy Mendez, campus recreation program coordinator at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The site also has information on forming or joining teams as well as rules and regulations for game time.
To check out equipment for the sports court or take part in other recreational activities at the Downtown Campus, visit the recreation center in Durango Building Room 3.302 or Room 3.202.
For more information about the sports court or upcoming recreation plans at the Downtown Campus, e-mail Rudy Mendez.
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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