(Feb. 10, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will court nearly 100 high school seniors and their parents at a Feb. 10 invitation-only Top Scholars Dinner hosted by university faculty and administrators. The dinner showcasing UTSA's value and opportunities gives the admitted students one-on-one time with faculty members in their chosen majors and the opportunity to ask questions to help them make their college decision.
Students invited to the event rank in the top 25 percent of their classes, have qualifying SAT or ACT scores and were admitted to UTSA. The students will sit with two scholars in their field of interest, while their parents will sit with staff and administrators with broad knowledge of student matriculation. The event will allow both the students and their parents to ask questions on the topics most important to them.
At the dinner, students will meet Jonathan Peterson-Ruiz, a Brandeis High School graduate and UTSA junior majoring in management with a concentration in international business. Like the students attending the dinner, Peterson-Ruiz was in the top 10 percent of this class. Last summer, he went to China with the UTSA Honors College. He is applying for an Archer Fellowship through the Honors College so he can spend a semester studying in Washington, D.C., before graduating. Peterson-Ruiz is a UTSA Ambassador and fluent in Spanish.
"I chose UTSA for three reasons," said Peterson-Ruiz. "They showed that they wanted me. They had everything necessary for me to succeed during and after college. And, I had the opportunity to shape the way this university will be perceived in the future. They really gave me a sense that they cared about me. They understand that it's not the university that makes the students great, but that it's the students that make the university great. You just get the feeling that you can not only be really successful but happy here, too."
More than half of the students attending Friday's dinner are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The majority are from greater San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. Nearly half plan to pursue science, engineering or health-related courses of study and careers.
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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