(March 7, 2012) -- As alternatives to buying a parking permit, there are many low-cost and even free options for commuting to the UTSA campuses. These alternatives can help UTSA students, faculty and staff save time and money and help UTSA "Go Green".
Low cost options include VIA Park and Ride and VIA routes 93 and 94 (between the Main and Downtown campuses) for a minimal fee. Additionally, the VIA Student Semester Pass ($35.25 per semester) can be purchased at Roadrunner Express at the University Center on the Main Campus; and monthly passes ($30 for faculty and staff) can be purchased directly from VIA -- all include the VIA Bike and Ride program (bike racks on the buses).
Other low-cost travel options to help students, faculty and staff save money are rideshare and carpool programs, a motorcycle permit, daily UTSA parking permits and short-term paid parking.
An additional carpool program is the UTSA Carpool Connection, through which staff volunteers help students and employees connect with others interested in saving money by carpooling. Email Nancy Miller for assistance in finding others in your neighborhood who want to carpool. Email your name, address/area and phone number with the subject line "Carpool Connection" to begin saving today. Once there is a neighborhood match, an email will be sent to the potential carpoolers in order to work out details.
Additionally, students have access to a free UTSA shuttle from nine apartment complexes near the UTSA Main Campus -- Hill Country Place, Broadstone Ranch, The Highlands, The Outpost, Avalon Place, The Reserve, The Villas at Babcock, High View Place and Maverick Creek. The off-campus shuttles operate on class days 7:30 a.m.-9:55 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m.-5:55 p.m., Friday.
Biking is great for everyone at UTSA. It lessens congestion in our parking lots and on shuttle buses, it's better for the environment, it's faster than walking -- and it's good for you. Encourage your fellow students and colleagues to enjoy all the benefits of biking to campus. Obtain your free bike permit by Registering Your Bike online.
The alternative is a UTSA parking permit. If you choose to park on campus, avoid getting a parking ticket -- buy a parking permit and park in the appropriate space. A variety of permits is available to UTSA faculty, staff and students. Visit the UTSA Permits website to review options, then log in to your ASAP account to purchase an annual parking permit.
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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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