(Sept. 24, 2012) -- For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.
"Once UTSA realized that its rapidly growing veteran population had different needs than veterans from prior eras, it responded by transitioning its already-established Veterans Task Force consisting of staff and faculty from every university entity to a smaller university standing committee called the Veterans Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) with six focus area sub-committees," said William Dawson, veteran and president of the UTSA Student Veterans Association.
"This transition gave the university administration the ability to more rapidly and dynamically address issues associated with the growing veteran population and their unique needs," he added. "Because of the composition of the VSAC and its much more focused mission, a lot of bureaucracy was eliminated when trying to solve most student veteran's problems."
Student veterans like Dawson have numerous resources available at UTSA such as counseling services, tutoring, life-skills assistance, first-class ROTC programs, a career center that actively assists student veterans, federal job fairs, student veterans networking opportunities (VETNET), veterans/military recognition events, financial assistance, a large population of faculty and staff that readily identify themselves as veterans (or supporters), who are willing to assist student veterans.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools were compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. View student veteran survey feedback at the Military Friendly Schools website.
"The Military Friendly Schools list is a great resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," Dawson said.
For the complete list of military-friendly schools, visit the G.I. Jobs website.
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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