(Aug. 22, 2011)--TRIO Programs, a division of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, has been awarded a Talent Search Grant of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support TRIO's mission to create smooth transitions between secondary and postsecondary education.
"The Talent Search program identifies and assists first-generation and economically-disadvantaged students in middle school and high school who have the potential to succeed in higher education," said Rhonda Moses, executive director of TRIO. "This mission is accomplished by providing direct program services such as academic, career and financial counseling, and assistance with higher education admission applications, in addition to exposing students to various types of postsecondary institutions."
TRIO will receive $230,000 each year for five years to serve San Antonio -- a total of $1,150,000. Another $1,150,000 will be allocated for programs in the Uvalde and Crystal City areas, also at $230,000 a year for five years. An additional $1,906,305 will be given to serve the Brackettville and Eagle Pass areas at $381,261 each year for five years.
"TRIO Programs are a vital component of our educational outreach programs at UTSA," said Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services. "Through these programs, we provide a bridge to college for many of the areas high school students."
TRIO was the name used in the late 1960s for three federally funded educational outreach programs -- Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Later program additions were Educational Opportunity Centers, Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program.
Currently, TRIO Programs at UTSA include Educational Talent Search (San Antonio and surrounding areas), Upward Bound (North Side and South Side), Upward Bound Math and Science (San Antonio and Medina Valley) and the Ronald E. McNair program.
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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