(Feb. 2, 2011, 2 p.m.)--UTSA is open. All offices, programs and classes at the UTSA Main Campus, Downtown Campus and Institute of Texan Cultures are open and operating on a regular schedule.
Because of the cold temperatures and spiked power usage, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has called a power emergency throughout Texas. CPS Energy and other Texas electric companies are being called on to help prevent blackouts in other parts of the state.
UTSA was notified by CPS Energy that it may be affected by rolling brown-outs lasting approximately 50 minutes today, as part of the state's emergency power contingency plan. Since the brown-outs result from spikes in electrical usage, it is difficult to predict what sector of the city will experience a power outage. Densely populated areas are most likely to be affected.
UTSA faculty, staff and students should conserve electricity throughout the day, so as not to further tax the system. Additionally, those working on computers should save their work regularly so as not to lose projects during a brown-out.
According to the National Weather Service (Austin/San Antonio), strong winds behind the cold front that arrived Tuesday will accompany the frigid air through Wednesday. In the San Antonio area, highs through Friday will be in the low 30s to low 40s and lows will be upper teens to low 20s.
As they continue to monitor the weather, the UTSA administration team always is mindful of the safety of the UTSA community, whether we are in an icy winter or the hurricane season.
Any time of year, whether there is excessive rain or ice, there are three venues through which the UTSA administration communicates the operational status of the university:
UTSA faculty, staff and students can call 210-458-SNOW (7669) at any time for information about the Tri-Campus community regarding the status of classes and employee work schedules. The extension can answer up to 138 calls at a time, but you may encounter a busy signal during peak usage.
In the advent of extreme weather, UTSA provides all area broadcast and print media outlets with the latest information in a timely manner. The university initially communicates with both WOAI Television and WOAI Radio.
FAQ: UTSA weather closures
When does UTSA determine whether or not to close the campuses due to adverse weather?
When adverse weather occurs during the night, UTSA administrators make a decision as soon as possible but generally by 5 a.m. regarding whether or not to close the UTSA campuses. Subsequently, University Communications staff members continually update the 458-SNOW message and websites, and contact media outlets.
At other universities, they continue to have classes regardless of snow or ice. What criteria are used to close UTSA?
UTSA is committed to making the best decision concerning the safety of students, faculty and staff. In San Antonio, even a small amount of ice might create an unsafe situation, considering that students and employees travel to the university from various distances. For example, weather in the Hill Country may not be the same as in southern portions of Bexar County.
What if my situation appears dangerous, and I cannot determine whether or not UTSA is closed?
Individuals are encouraged to make a prudent decision about traveling to campus in consideration of the weather in their area.
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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