(Jan. 9, 2012) -- The north entrance to the UTSA Main Campus at Peace Boulevard will never be the same. No longer will the entrance be defined by an immediate traffic challenge at the corner of Peace Boulevard and Tobin Avenue, followed by a sea of surface parking.
Instead, UTSA will begin a project in March 2012 that will create a safe and easy-to-navigate traffic roundabout, convenient transportation drop-offs for VIA buses and UTSA shuttles, and an open green area that will serve as a social space for gathering and recreation. The green space, which has not yet been named, tentatively is called the "campus oval."
With the addition of the Bauerle Road Garage just north of the Main Building, this area is one of the first to reflect the long-term planned change from surface to garage parking contemplated by the UTSA Campus Master Plan adopted in 2009. When the traffic roundabout and campus oval are added, the only remaining surface parking in this area will be approximately 80 surface spaces between the Bauerle Road Garage and the Loop 1604 access road. All of what is now lot 3 (north of the Business Building) will be eliminated.
"This loss of surface parking will, of course, disrupt some established parking habits and result in a longer walk between parking and the office or classroom for those accustomed to parking in lot 3, and we regret that inconvenience," said Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs.
However, there will be sufficient staff parking on the south side of campus to accommodate the elimination of this surface lot. In addition to 80 surface spaces, there will be 1,800 garage parking spaces in the area when the Bauerle Road Garage opens in August.
Construction of the new roundabout and campus oval is slated to begin in March 2012 and will include a more easily accessible visitor information booth.
>> View more on the Campus Oval Project progress, how it will affect you and where you can park.
>> Learn more about the UTSA Campus Master Plan including the campus oval.
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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