(Aug. 30, 2012) -- On Aug. 28, more than 60 UTSA students, faculty and staff took an oath and were sworn in as volunteer deputy registrars, who will promote voter registration on the UTSA campuses and register citizens to vote. The new deputies attended 30-minute training sessions at the Bexar County Voter Registration Department and accepted the position of trust and responsibility for the citizens they will register to vote.
As lead partners in the civic engagement element of the SA2020 initiative and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, the UTSA Student Government Association, UTSA Office of External Affairs and UTSA College of Public Policy are collaborating to get at least 100 UTSA community members deputized to promote voter registration. Deputies will hand out voter registration cards at various events across the campuses, in classrooms and in meetings, and will collect the cards and deliver them to the Bexar County Elections Department by the Oct. 9 deadline.
In November 2010, UTSA students generated some 2,700 newly registered voters. This fall, in preparation for the November national elections, UTSA deputies plan to register at least 5,000 new voters.
Deputy volunteers will be available at several campus events to register voters. UTSA's get-out-the-vote drive is a nonpartisan effort led by students to educate the campus community in the federal electoral process.
How can you register to vote? You will recognize the "Register Here to Vote" signs around campus, and deputies have "Register to Vote with Me" buttons.
Check the Bexar County Elections website to see if you are registered to vote in Bexar County and if your address is current.
Early voting at the UTSA Main Campus runs Oct. 22-Nov. 2 in the University Center Bexar Room (1.102). For more information, contact External Affairs at 210-458-4009.
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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