(May 31, 2012) -- Three interactive directory kiosks have been installed at the UTSA University Center (UC) on the Main Campus to assist guests in finding meeting rooms, offices and events.
"After we conducted several surveys, we found that guests had a hard time finding offices within the University Center," said Lowa Mwilambwe, University Center director. "The new interactive directory will greatly simplify moving throughout the University Center."
The touch-screen kiosks at the ballroom galleria, food court and the entrance near the Fiesta Dancers statue will help UC visitors find the right room by selecting on the screen an event, service or office name. Then, a path to the particular room is shown. The system also displays ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act) routes within the UC.
Along with the new kiosks, the UT System Board of Regents approved name changes for the three buildings that comprise the University Center to help facilitate navigation. The two older sections of the facility (UC I and UC II) now are known as UC North and the newer section (UC III) is UC South.
The University Center is the focal point for programs, meetings, dining and relaxation for UTSA students, faculty, staff and guests. Students from across the university converge at this part of the Main Campus to engage in unique social, recreational, cultural and educational activities. As the campus community gathering place, the UC is an inviting and inclusive environment where ideas are exchanged, relationships are built and memories are made.
For more information, visit the University Center 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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