(Aug. 19, 2011) -- Local business leader Red McCombs announced Friday he will donate $1 million to UTSA Athletics, matching the single largest gift in department history. The announcement came during a local breakfast held by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce at Stonewerks Big Rock Grille at The Rim.
Additionally, the McCombs family pledged to purchase 1,000 tickets for UTSA's inaugural football game against Northeastern State Sept. 3 at the Alamodome.
"Red McCombs has been a steadfast supporter of UTSA," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Like many in San Antonio, his enthusiasm for our new football program is unstoppable. With his help and the help of local business leaders, we are aiming to sell all 65,000 seats at our first game. Let's 'fill 'er up.'"
McCombs' million-dollar pledge kicks off a fundraising campaign to build practice facilities at the new UTSA Park West athletics complex near the intersection of Highway 1604 and Kyle Seale Parkway. Once completed, the complex will be home to all UTSA Athletics teams.
"Today, the center of San Antonio is UTSA," McCombs said. "We need a lot of things at UTSA. We have to have practice fields, and I'm going to kick that drive off today."
"We certainly appreciate Mr. McCombs and his gift and all of the support we've received in the San Antonio area," UTSA Head Football Coach Larry Coker said.
"What Red has pledged to our department is nothing short of amazing," said UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey. "We want to thank him for his generosity and support of our athletics department."
At the Chamber breakfast, Hickey also announced Jim Bodenstedt, a graduate of the UTSA College of Business (1996), will purchase 500 tickets. Bodenstedt, and his wife, Cathy Bodenstedt, donated $1 million last year to support UTSA Athletics.
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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