(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 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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