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(June 14, 2012) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo announces the appointment of Samuel Gonzales as interim vice president for student affairs. Gonzales will begin his duties Aug. 1, when Gage E. Paine, current UTSA vice president for student affairs, begins a new position at the University of Texas at Austin.

UTSA administrators will establish a committee over the summer to conduct a search for a permanent vice president for student affairs.

As interim vice president for student affairs, Gonzales will oversee 18 departments including Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services, Registrar, Student Life, Student Services and Intercollegiate Athletics.

Over his 36-year career at UTSA, Gonzales has held numerous leadership positions including associate vice president for student affairs administration and student services, interim assistant vice president for student life and director of career services.

Gonzales has served nationally as president of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association, locally as president of the San Antonio College and University Placement Association and regionally as treasurer of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers.

Through his career, his teams have been honored with the Alcohol EDU national award for Excellence in Prevention Programming in 2007, the UTSA Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award and the UTSA Team Spirit Award.

Gonzales earned a Master of Education Degree in Psychology and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Our Lady of the Lake University. Additionally, he was a Kellogg Fellow in Education Policy with the Institute of Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Sam Gonzales has served at UTSA for nearly 36 years and is very knowledgeable about the Division of Student Affairs." said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "He understands our vision of providing students with an excellent learning environment designed to help them succeed. I am grateful that he has agreed to serve as interim vice president during this transition as we continue with our focus of becoming a Tier One university."



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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