(Oct. 24, 2011) -- The UTSA College of Business undergraduate program in real estate finance and development began offering a facility management minor in 2010. In connection with the new program, Michael Noll, lecturer in the Department of Management, contacted the Office of Facilities with an unusual request: Would staff members give campus infrastructure tours for students in MGT 4303 Facility Management Policies and Procedures? The intent: as part of the coursework, give students a first-hand look at the design, construction, operation and maintenance of university buildings.
Since the request was made last fall, James Jinks, facilities operations superintendent, has led three student tours. This semester, students visited several buildings including the Business Building, where he explained the components of an air-handler unit and how air is conditioned and distributed throughout the building.
Other areas toured included the mechanical rooms, where students learned about the different types of elevators, life-safety systems, and required state inspections. Touring the South Thermal Energy Plant on the Main Campus, students got a close look at how the computer-controlled building automation system monitors equipment and alarms. Additionally, they saw demonstrations of adjusting building temperatures and managing equipment failures through digital control.
Students are encouraged to ask questions during the tours, and this semester they were particularly interested in the elevators. Since it is Jinks' area of responsibility, he was pleased to offer insight into how much the elevators are used, how reliable they are and how they are maintained.
"I really feel the students leave this tour with a better understanding of what is involved in the operation and maintenance of a large facility," said Jinks. "I think now they have more appreciation for the services our department provides to make sure a conducive learning environment is maintained."
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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