(Feb. 7, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the University of Texas System Board of Regents for a Feb. 8-9 meeting at the UTSA Main Campus. As the governing body of the UT System, the board holds regular meetings in February, May, July, August, November and December, alternating meetings among the system's nine universities and six health institutions.
Conducting meetings at the various institutions gives regents an opportunity to observe first-hand the operations and newest features of an academic or health campus. The visits also allow regents direct interaction with students, faculty and staff to receive important feedback on the board's actions that have a direct impact on the institutions.
During the visit, regents will see some of UTSA's newest facilities on a personal tour led by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, who also will outline some of the university's latest developments. Additionally, William Henrich, president of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, will present to the board an update on his institution's activities.
The regents meeting at UTSA will include reports from committees on technology transfer and research, facilities planning and construction, finance, compliance, academic affairs, health affairs and enhancing giving programs. Combined committee meetings and board meetings are conducted over a two-day period with committee meetings usually on Day 1 and the general board meeting on Day 2. The board also holds special called meetings as necessary.
San Antonio businessman William Eugene "Gene" Powell is the chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. Powell is a UT Austin alumnus with B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees, both in finance. Raised in Weslaco, Texas, he is a native of the Rio Grande Valley.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents
The UT System Board of Regents is composed of nine members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Terms for regents are six years each and staggered so that three members' terms usually expire on Feb. 1 of odd-numbered years. Additionally, the governor appoints a student regent for a one-year term.
Throughout the more than 100-year history of the UT System, the board has been composed of dedicated and distinguished Texans who have been strong advocates of excellence in academic programs, scientific inquiry and responsible public service.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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