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Second annual 'Together, We Are UTSA' faculty and staff initiative starts April 1

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(March 31, 2011)--April is right around the corner and with it comes the second annual "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff Initiative, a Tri-Campus fund-raising effort to encourage faculty and staff to make a personal contribution to the university.

Launched by the UTSA Office of Annual Giving in 2010, the first "Together, We Are UTSA" initiative was hugely successful, raising more than $25,000 in gifts and pledges from faculty and staff.

"I'm continually inspired by the generosity and dedication of our faculty and staff," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We are very fortunate to have so many caring members of the UTSA community who view their role as more than just a job and are willing to make a gift to support UTSA and its students."

While state appropriations and tuition help the university to cover its basic expenses, these sources account for only two-thirds of the university's budget each year. Funding from other sources -- including gifts from individual donors, corporations, foundations and the like -- provide a vital source of funding not available elsewhere. As such, gifts play a critical role in allowing the university to maintain excellence in teaching, learning and research, and propel UTSA toward Tier One status.

Similar to programs at other major universities across the country, "Together, We Are UTSA" provides faculty and staff an opportunity to give where they work, demonstrating with giving their pride in UTSA and how far it has come in its short history.

"Just like we tell alumni, every gift is a vote of confidence in UTSA," said Genevieve Lopez, assistant director of annual giving. "It's not about the size of the gift; it's about believing in what we do at UTSA. It's about participating in something important."

With participation as the initiative's primary focus, gifts of any size are welcome and can be directed to any area of the university.

For easy "set-it-and-forget-it" giving, faculty and staff can make gifts by payroll deduction, check, cash or with credit card via UTSA's safe-and-secure online giving website.

>> To make a gift or learn more, visit the "Together, We Are UTSA" website.

For more information about this and other annual fund-raising initiatives, contact the UTSA Office of Annual Giving at 210-458-4130.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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