(May 15, 2012) -- The Texas Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Chi at UTSA exemplified the Roadrunner Creed at the Alpha Chi Super Regional Convention in Baltimore, Md., in March. One of the main attributes of Alpha Chi National Honor Society is presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions. Students Martha Wright and Paul Edwards III were UTSA's shining stars at this year's regional convention. Of more than 200 individuals competing in various academic arenas, only 29 received prizes.
Martha Wright, chapter secretary and environmental science major, won honors for her contemporary bioethical Issues presentation, "Carbon: Past, Present, and Future." The presentation demonstrated Wright's passion for the subject matter and making the world a better place. Wright was elected chapter vice president for the coming academic year and looks forward to promoting scholastic excellence.
Paul Edwards III, chapter treasurer and biology major, was elected regional student representative to the Alpha Chi National Council Region 1, which encompasses 28 universities throughout most of Texas and portions of Oklahoma and New Mexico. Edwards has demonstrated commitment to UTSA students, but also the larger academic community. He will lead the Texas Alpha Pi chapter at UTSA as president in the coming year and lead Alpha Chi Region 1 as student representative for the next two years.
UTSA Alpha Chi members thank several UTSA community members for their support and hard work this year: Patricia A. Graham, executive director of special events and chapter sponsor; Charlin Jones, assistant director of special events and chapter co-sponsor; John Stewart, chapter president; Cheryl Morris, chapter vice president; Martha Wright, chapter secretary; Paul "Trey" Edwards III, chapter treasurer; and Melinda Darrow, chapter archivist.
Their dedication and support for service and academic events at UTSA and throughout the city helped the organization be selected an Alpha Chi Star Chapter. The group also was nominated for Alpha Chi's most prestigious award, the President's Cup, which is given only every two years to the chapter judged most outstanding. This is the first time the Texas Alpha Pi chapter was nominated since its inception at UTSA. The winner will be awarded at next year's national convention in Nashville, Tenn.
Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society that promotes academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honors those who achieve this distinction. UTSA Roadrunners and Alpha Chi share many similar characteristics: high academic standards, integrity, respect, supporting the larger community through active engagement and supporting the advancement of ingenuity and creativity.
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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