(May 12, 2011)--John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, recently was elected secretary-treasurer of the Architecture + Construction Alliance.
The alliance is a national organization that promotes collaboration between design and construction programs. Only universities offering both disciplines within the same college are eligible for type-one membership. Additionally, the alliance serves as an advocate for the promotion of research efforts involving educators from member universities and leading professionals in the areas of construction and architecture.
UTSA is one of only 14 universities eligible for membership in the alliance out of more than 100 architecture and 61 construction degree programs nationwide. In additon to UTSA, member schools include Auburn University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, Washington University and Virginia Tech.
"Playing an active role in this distinguished group of colleges of architecture places UTSA COA in a position to participate in, and give direction to, the future education of design and construction discipline leaders in a context of integrated process and project delivery,: said Murphy. "Through collaboration across the involved colleges, we hope to further facilitate this architectural education strategy on a national level."
Murphy joined UTSA in 2009 after serving as professor and head of school and director of international education at Auburn University's McWhorter School of Building Science. He holds a bachelor's degree in building construction, a master's in construction management and a doctoral degree in architecture with an emphasis in construction science and management, all from Texas A&M University.
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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