(April 18, 2011)--SA 2020, a six-month, community-wide collaborative defining the future of San Antonio, will be the focus of this year's Great Cities Dialogue from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 22 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Admission is free and open to the public with free parking available in the university's D-3 lot on S. Pecos-La Trinidad Street.
Sponsored by the Office of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the UTSA College of Public Policy, Castro will begin the conversation to advance ideas established during SA 2020.
"I applaud UTSA for stepping forward and becoming one of the first partners to join the action phase of the SA 2020 effort," said Castro. "Civic engagement was one of the cornerstones of SA 2020, and I'm excited that UTSA's College of Public Policy is actively engaged in moving the conversation forward."
Great Cities Dialogue participants will begin an action plan for progress on the government accountability and civic engagement element of SA 2020, guided by ideas included in the recently released 2011 report.
"At this event, our most interactive Great Cities ever, citizens will work together to move the city toward targets identified in the SA 2020 community meetings," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "We will look at ideas on how to improve voter turnout, public service volunteerism, access to public information, diversity of city boards and commissions, and much more. We will then discuss how to make these indicators happen."
Great Cities Dialogue is an ongoing UTSA College of Public Policy series that gathers leading academic experts, civic leaders and policy makers to discuss issues of significance to San Antonio and provide opportunities for community dialogue. Discussion is centered on key topics influencing San Antonio's growth and development into a great city.
>> Registration for the event is encouraged; to register, email email@example.com or call Marian Bownds at 210-458-2530.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.