(May 6, 2011)--As another academic year wraps up, many UTSA students are preparing for the final leg in the road to graduation. At this point in a student's academic career, momentum becomes very important. The UTSA ring and the ring presentation ceremony inspire students to know the end is near and remind them just how far they have come.
More than 200 UTSA students received their rings at a May 2 ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. Alumni, juniors and seniors who have completed 60 credit hours are eligible to participate in the ring ceremony. The ring can have many meanings to various students.
As students and parents enjoy the evening of celebration, Gage Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs, gets a front row seat at the excitement. It's no secret the ring ceremony and presentation is one of her favorite events.
"As I hand out rings, I see the smiles and proud faces," said Paine. "They are so excited about what the ring symbolizes, and their families are just as proud of their accomplishments. It's really fun to watch."
Regardless of major, graduation is the one goal all students have in common. As UTSA continues to grow, so do the traditions of the university. The ring forms a symbol that connects students past, present and future.
The UTSA ring program is administered by the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs through the UTSA Bookstores.
For more information, call 210-458-4133 or visit the UTSA Alumni Programs website and select "Official UTSA Ring."
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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