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UTSA student organization raises nearly $34K for children with cancer

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UTSA students show the total proceeds from the For the Kids dance marathon

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(April 19, 2012) -- UTSA's For the Kids (FTK) student organization hosted a 18-hour, high energy, no-sitting, no sleeping, celebration dance marathon from 7 p.m., Friday, April 13 to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon raised nearly $34,000 to benefit children with cancer and their families, making FTK the largest student-led philanthropy in San Antonio.

The FTK dance marathon featured a group of marathoners, the FTK Dancers, who participated by standing for 18 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families.

The goal was to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support to the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. The event is a metaphoric way to show the children they have friends who will stand for them against cancer.

"We will continue to dance for the children year after year, until one day we can dance in celebration of a cure for childhood cancer," said Ryan Zapata, overall chair of FTK. "Together, we hope to make every wish come true -- one dance at a time."

The FTK dance marathon featured other San Antonio groups such as Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hematology/Oncology department staff members, several San Antonio High School students and members of the University of Texas Health Science Center community.

For more information call 210-449-3524 or visit the For the Kids website.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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