(June 22, 2011)--The Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA), hosted by the UTSA Institute for Law and Public Affairs, recently celebrated its 10th opening ceremony at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The academically intensive 12-credit-hour, three-month training course is credited with helping more than 300 academy students, including 50 in fall 2010 alone, enter into prestigious law schools across the country.
The daylong opening event featured presentations from legal experts, judicial officials, faculty and alumni of the SLSPA program. The summer program is led by faculty from UTSA and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
At the opening ceremony, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro praised the success of the program, which has helped more than 300 academy students gain admittance at more than 150 prestigious law schools. The institutions include Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, Washington University, University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin and other top-ranked universities throughout the country.
"This program was highlighted by the American Bar Association as one of the most successful pre-law institutes in the nation," said Castro. "Every year, several of the academy students are accepted to some of the top schools in the United States."
Gretchen Harting, an alumna of the SLSPA inaugural class, overcame a number of obstacles and became a successful lawyer. Married at 18, divorced at 19 and working several jobs, Harting decided to enroll in college at age 24. She completed the academy, enrolled in law school at the University of California at Berkeley and went on to work for the Austin law firm McKool Smith PC. She was the lead attorney in a $200 million patent infringement lawsuit recently won by her firm in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Where you go in your life only depends on where you see yourself," said Harting. "You are bound only by your imagination and your abilities."
Harting continues her support for the program by returning every summer to inspire and encourage academy students. This year, she presented a personal check for $2,500 and a matching check from her law firm to support the UTSA Summer Law School Preparation Academy.
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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