(June 5, 2012) -- The contractor engaged to install UTSA’s new way-finding system has marked locations for hundreds of new directional signs to be installed at the Main and Downtown campuses. The completed project will assist visitors and UTSA community members find their way around the campus.
Visitors and UTSA community members may notice spray paint on surfaces where signs will be installed and stakes with flat circular tops placed in the ground. With installation set to begin in fall 2012, sign mock-ups will be available for inspection later this summer.
Temporary stakes will pinpoint sign locations, assure that there are no conflicts with utilities, trees, other signs or other obstructions, and specify the orientation of the signs. Additionally, electric lines will be installed for signs that will be illuminated. Installing necessary electric and data lines over the summer will reduce disruption on campus during the busy fall semester.
The new signage includes the Main Campus perimeter with directions for those traveling on UTSA Boulevard, the Loop 1604 frontage road and Babcock Road to the most convenient campus entry point. Signs intended to assist vehicle drivers will be installed on Main Campus roadways, along with new parking lot signage. Pedestrian signage will include way-finding stations and building signage on the Main and Downtown campuses.
A large and elegant stone and glass gateway at the Peace traffic circle on the north side of the Main Campus is planned for completion this fall. After completion of the Peace gateway installation, corner markers will be added at the Downtown Campus.
A schematic plan of the design of the signage was delivered as a part of the UTSA Master Plan, completed in 2009. A way-finding consultant then was engaged to complete the project including a message schedule and signage location. The UTSA Wayfinding Steering Committee was formed to provide input and perspective on various options presented by the consulting firm, and to assist in finalizing the signage plan and to share information about the project with their colleagues. Membership in the committee includes students, faculty, staff and administrators.
The steering committee members include Pamela Bacon (co-chair), Doug Lipscomb (co-chair), Tom Cannon, Ross Cobb, Sam Gonzales, Julius Gribou, Dan Kiley, Joe Martin, Jim Mickey, Bob McKinley, John Murphy, Lowa Mwilambwe, Aaron Parks, Edda Petiton, Kevin Price, Hazem Rashed-Ali, Daniel Sibley, Derek Trimm, Marianne Woods and Jesse Zapata.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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