(Sept. 21, 2012) -- UTSA student Torrie Jackson was named an undergraduate member-at-large of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at the group's National Boule Conference in San Francisco. Jackson hosted sessions at the conference to elect new officers and organize efforts for the sorority's worldwide initiatives. With the theme "Gateway to Global Leadership Through Timeless Service," members attended workshops and shared ideas in the spirit of their 104-year-old organization.
For the next two years, Jackson will serve on the international directorate of Alpha Kappa Alpha as one of two undergraduate members-at-large. Additionally, she will serve on the International Undergraduate Activities Committee to help develop, coordinate and promote programs among undergraduate chapters, and present workshops at regional and international conferences and other events.
A senior psychology major from Houston, Jackson is president of the Omicron Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Additionally, she is the VOICES vice president of membership, vice president of NPHC, a resident assistant, a member of the UTSA Honors College and a McNair Scholar. She has completed more than 150 community service hours with VOICES. She plans to graduate in May 2013 and will pursue a graduate degree in higher education administration.
The Omicron Tau chapter at UTSA works to support high academic achievement, ethical standards and civic responsibility through nonprofit events and programs throughout Greater San Antonio including San Antonio Food Bank volunteering, money and credit management programs, health awareness programs and the Mr. Pink and Green Scholarship Pageant. The group will assist with a voter registration drive Sept. 17-21 at the UTSA Main Campus.
Alpha Kappa Alpha has provided service for more than a century with a membership of more than 260,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan and Africa. Since its founding at Howard University in 1908, the sorority has initiated and sponsored civil rights, education, economic empowerment and health programs to better the world.
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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