(March 15, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College raised $148,430 for student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities at the "Great Conversation!" fundraiser Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The greater San Antonio community gathered for discussion on a variety of topics. Community leaders and local scholars led the discussions, which varied by table and covered a variety of stimulating topics.
At one table, businessman James Avery led a discussion on "How to Get Started in the Jewelry Business." At another table, UTSA scholar John Phillip Santos discussed "The Many Meanings of Mexican Antiquity: Recent Discoveries in Mexican Archaeology." The evening's 35 other topics included "Growth Strategies for a Small Business," "What is School Readiness?," "And They're Off: Campaign 2012," "Behind the Curtain: How Do Symphonies Plan a Music Festival?" and "What Makes a Good Beer?"
Approximately two dozen students from the UTSA Honors College attended the event, including John Lira '12, a U.S. military veteran who transferred to UTSA from San Antonio College to pursue a degree in political science for a career in public service. Recently, Lira participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at Princeton University. He also travelled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Archer Fellowship Program and currently is working on his honors thesis, which focuses on the labels used to define Mexican drug trafficking organizations.
"UTSA is blessed with extremely supportive donors who understand that our students need every advantage we can provide them," said Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology and Great Conversation! co-chair. "We are so grateful to them for supporting our UTSA Honors College students through events like Great Conversation."Great Conversation! was co-chaired by Romo, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Kathy Acock, Cathy Bodenstedt '11, Bonnie Reed, Stu Schlossberg and Mario Vazquez '06. Sponsors included Alpha Building Corp., AT&T Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Pat Flynn, Joeris General Contractors Ltd. and others. View the complete sponsor list at the Great Conversation! 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.
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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