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UTSA President Ricardo Romo: Race to Tier One is ‘not a sprint, a marathon’

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(Sept. 22, 2011) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo lauded UTSA students, faculty, staff and supporters for their persistence in moving UTSA closer to Tier One research status in his third annual State of the University address, delivered Wednesday, Sept. 21 from the University Center Ballroom on the UTSA Main Campus.

Since Romo became UTSA's fifth president in 1999, the university has evolved from a commuter school to a fully viable competitor in the race to Tier One research status.

During the address, Romo discussed the race to Tier One, quoting Olympic athlete PattiSue Plumer: "Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."

He then highlighted UTSA's 2010-2011 achievements including the support UTSA received from government officials and the community during the 2011 legislative session; UTSA student recruitment and retention; significant achievements by UTSA researchers, students and research partners; and UTSA's historic first football game played Sept. 3 to a record-breaking crowd of 56,743 in the Alamodome.


>> Read the full text of the State of the University Address 2011.

>> Read about UTSA's history.

>> Share your feedback with President Romo via Facebook.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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