(May 7, 2012) -- The Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR) in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host a pair of luncheon briefings to release the results of its highly anticipated study, "Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale." This new baseline study assesses economic impacts of the shale realized in 2011 and depicts the rapidly evolving business activity as one of the biggest new drivers of growth in Texas.
UTSA will first release the new economic impact study at a briefing scheduled 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 600 E. Market St., San Antonio, Texas 78205. A media availability session will follow the luncheon, and the full report will be distributed to attendees.
The CCBR also will release the economic impact study at a briefing in the shale region, scheduled 12:45-2:45 p.m., Friday, May 11 at Garza Ranch, north of Cotulla, Texas.
Thomas Tunstall, CCBR director and the study's principal investigator, and UTSA Associate Vice President for Economic Development Robert McKinley will present the findings of the study at both events. Others on hand will include Barry Smitherman, chair of the Texas Railroad Commission; David Blackmon, director of Government Affairs at El Paso Corp. and Texas committee lead for America's Natural Gas Alliance; and Adam Haynes, director of Government Relations of Chesapeake Energy.
Speaker of the House Joe Straus III, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, NuStar Energy LLP CEO Curt Anastasio and UTSA President Ricardo Romo will offer remarks about the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale at the May 9 event in San Antonio.
Executive Director of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and Chairman of the Eagle Ford Consortium Leodoro Martinez; Texas Railroad Commission Member David Porter, Cotulla Mayor Joe Lozano and County Judge Joel Rodriguez Jr. will offer their perspectives at the May 11 event in Cotulla.
To register for either event, visit the Eagle Ford Consortium website.
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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