(Dec. 6, 2011) --This is National Employee Learning Week, which is hosted each year by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) to note the importance of improving and learning. National surveys show that a major factor in retaining employees is top-quality training, which also promotes business success. Training is instrumental to organizations as they grow and develop, and UTSA is no exception.
National Employee Learning Week is a time to celebrate the process of continuously learning and improving, no matter your age or position in an organization. It's also a time to thank the subject matter experts (SMEs) around the UTSA campuses who significantly contribute to making this learning possible.
Did someone at UTSA help you learn the ins-and-outs of your job? Have you attended classroom training on key subjects? Have you taken an online training class? Did someone at UTSA teach you something that enabled you to grow professionally or personally?
You probably answered "yes" to at least one of these questions. And, for this specialized learning, let's thank the more than 130 SMEs who design and implement hundreds of classroom and online learning programs for UTSA employees every year.
In addition to their regular UTSA jobs, SMEs take time to provide this important training service for the benefit of all UTSA employees. SMEs facilitate these and many other training classes at UTSA:
>> Make learning a part of your personal strategy for improvement. Attend any of the 850 classroom trainings or dozens of online training programs provided each year for faculty and staff by the UTSA HR Training and Development office. See a list of all SMEs and current classes at the UTSA HR Training and Development website.
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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