(May 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host the third annual Texas Rural Challenge on June 13-14 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. The statewide conference will help rural Texas communities build sustainable economies. (View the tentative agenda.)
The conference is sponsored by the Rural Business Program at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council.
Many rural communities in Texas are experiencing job and population losses, as well as diminishing industries, hurting local economies. The conference will help rural leaders better understand the tools that are available to help them address these issues and build sustainable economies in their communities. Additionally, attendees can share ideas, insights and solutions.
Brian Dabson, a leading rural development expert, will keynote the conference. Dabson is a research professor and director of the Rural Futures Lab at the University of Missouri. His current interests include the economic drivers that will shape the future of rural America, the strategic necessity of regional collaboration and the vital importance of social inclusion. He is the board chair of the Rural Policy Research Institute Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.
Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Community and Business Research, will discuss the economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale. The conference also will feature speakers from throughout the state including political leaders such as Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, industry representatives, rural development experts, economists, thriving entrepreneurs, business leaders and others.
Attendees can choose from workshops on new-market development, resource development and sustainability development. Additionally, the conference will provide an exceptional networking opportunity.
As part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the UTSA Rural Business Program is focused on rural development. The program provides technical assistance, training, advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development to small- and medium-sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities and local governments. The program offers client-targeted and customized services designed to meet their needs, drawing from a full spectrum of resources and capabilities from the IED.
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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