(Oct. 24, 2011) --Erik Leitner, a graduate of the UTSA Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program, was honored with the Dean’s Award for Best Master’s Project for his design proposal on an independently researched capstone project. Leitner’s multi-use development for the Austin riverside was one of 40 design projects recently completed by graduate students.
“From the pool of nominated projects, I judge for esthetics, complexity and completeness of the design proposal that is presented,” said John Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. “This is always a very difficult selection. I select the ‘Best’ award and one runner-up, the ‘Merit’ award.“
“Students represent their graduating class on a very high level of accomplishment as they pull all their graduate studies together in this final project,” said Murphy. “It is typically a centerpiece of their individual portfolios as they start their professional careers in architecture.”
The nominated projects were so noteworthy this year that Murphy chose two runners-up: Raul Baeza and Christopher Caillier received the Dean’s Merit Award for their class.
The awards were presented at the Graduate Awards Ceremony, which recognizes students who have completed a graduate certificate in urban and regional planning or historic preservation. Students received awards such as the Henry Adams Certificate and Medal presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Alpha Rho Chi Medal (commending student leadership) and the King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Research.
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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