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'Together, We Are UTSA' faculty and staff initiative is off to strong start


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(April 18, 2011)--The second annual "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff initiative has reached its midway point and already is generating tremendous support from faculty and staff across the UTSA Tri-campuses.

"The response from faculty and staff so far has been wonderful," said Quinn Barraza, UTSA director of annual giving. "It's especially exciting to see gifts from first-time donors. You know something special is happening here when it motivates someone to give his or her first gift ever to UTSA."

The monthlong campaign encourages faculty and staff to support UTSA by making a gift to any area of their choice. Popular options this year include the UTSA Fund, providing unrestricted funds for areas of greatest need at UTSA, and the Student Transformation Fund, a Student Affairs effort which provides seed money for new ideas in student programming and leadership development.

New this year is the option for faculty and staff to direct their gift toward membership in the UTSA Alumni Association, regardless of their alumni status.

"Our faculty and staff are just as proud of UTSA as alumni are, and we welcome them to become associate members, especially during the faculty and staff campaign," said Anne Englert, director of alumni programs.

Participation is the primary focus of the annual faculty and staff campaign, and gifts of any size are welcome. Gifts can be made by payroll deduction, online or through the mail (download form).

As part of the 2011 "Together, We Are UTSA" faculty and staff initiative, all faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy free ice cream while the supply lasts at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. The event is co-hosted by the Office of Annual Giving and the Office of Alumni Programs.

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

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



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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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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