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UTSA alumnus Irv Downing to head UT Brownsville institutional advancement


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(June 18, 2012) -- UTSA alumnus Irv Downing, vice president for economic development at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, added a new role to his responsibilities this month, and he now will be vice president for economic development and institutional advancement. The new dual appointment is over divisions that will remain separate.

Downing earned a UTSA master's degree in urban environmental studies. He has a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia.

He began the new position this month, and in the new role will oversee the daily activities of Institutional Advancement's University Relations, News and Information, Creative Services, Web Communications and Alumni Association.

Downing will continue to oversee Economic Development's work at the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center, The Arts Center and the Fort Brown Center.

From 1987 to 2009, Downing was commercial division manager and president of the Rio Grande Valley region of JPMorgan Chase Bank.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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