(April 26, 2012) -- On Saturday, May 12, the citizens of the City of San Antonio will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed 2012-2017 $596 million bond program for important infrastructure improvements that will affect the UTSA Downtown Campus. Early voting runs Monday, April 30 through Tuesday, May 8.
There would not be a property tax rate increase to fund the proposed 2012-2017 bond program. The city's current property tax rate is projected to be sufficient to fund the debt service payments for the program.
Five propositions are included in the $596 million proposed bond program aimed to improve the quality of life in San Antonio:
Two projects in proposition 1 relate to improvements for the UTSA Downtown Campus. These two projects will help connect the UTSA Downtown Campus to the rest of downtown San Antonio. They will provide streetscape work, lighting, trees and pedestrian walkways improving the safety for pedestrians around the perimeter of the UTSA Downtown Campus.
One of the projects, the César Chávez Corridor, represents $1.4 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on César Chávez Boulevard between Frio Street to Santa Rosa Street. A second project, Commerce Corridor, represents $1.5 million in improved pedestrian connectivity on Commerce Street between Frio Street and Santa Rosa Street. Both projects will improve pedestrian connectivity from the UTSA Downtown campus to the rest of the downtown community.
In 2007, the City of San Antonio's bond initiative helped fund the UTSA Park West athletics complex with $5.5 million. Park West, benefiting city and county youths, will be developed into baseball, softball, track, soccer, tennis and various practice fields. The Park West April 12 groundbreaking celebration is a result of the 2007 bond proposition 3 line item. The 2007 bond was completed on time and $47 million under budget.
For a full list of improvements, visit the City of San Antonio website. For more information, contact Roland Martinez at 210-207-1011.
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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