(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.
>> 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.
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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