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UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, Rackspace host young women's leadership conference


Young women's leadership conference hosted at UTSA Downtown Campus

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(March 16, 2011)--The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and Rackspace Hosting hosted the Young Women's Leadership Conference on March 5 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The free conference, designed for middle and high school girls, provided sessions on True Colors, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, empowerment and leadership development.

The conference included addresses by KENS 5 news anchor Sarah Lucero and Lorena Havill of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

Presentation topics included women in science and engineering, Internet safety, soft skills and professional etiquette, and other breakout sessions geared toward providing information about going to college for young women. Presenters from organizations around the city volunteered their time to share their personal experiences and to talk about the benefits of higher education.

"This conference helped to address multiple issues of sisterhood related to college awareness and also helped to provide inspiration and motivation to the young women of Bexar County," said Darrell Balderrama, director of outreach programs with the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives.

Conference attendees from across the city networked with the presenters and learned about resources available to them.

"It was great to see how engaged the girls were with the speakers," said Cara Nichols, Rackspace community affairs director. "We have a vested interest in giving girls in our community an opportunity to see the importance of STEM fields and what kinds of careers are in those fields."

For more information about upcoming events of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, e-mail Darrell Balderrama.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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