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Great American Smokeout Nov. 15 is day to quit or plan to quit smoking

Great American Smokeout

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(Nov. 14, 2012) -- The American Cancer Society will mark the 37th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15 by encouraging smokers to use the day to make a plan for how to quit smoking or to make an effort not to smoke for that day. By quitting -- even for one day -- smokers will take an important step toward a healthier life -- one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

>> Learn more about smoking and tobacco cessation at the Great American Smokeout information tables Nov. 15 at the University Center paseo on the Main Campus.

UTSA is supportive of employees interested in quitting smoking and provides resources and information to assist with these efforts. Benefits-eligible employees can take advantage of the UT Select Medical Health Plan Free Tobacco Cessation Professional Counseling Program. Guidance and support with licensed wellness coaches is available by calling 1-800-462-3275.

The Great American Smokeout also serves as a reminder of campus-wide discussions underway regarding UTSA becoming a tobacco-free university. This fall, President Ricardo Romo established the UTSA Tobacco-Free Campus Task Force comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the three campuses. The task force will develop recommendations on an appropriate plan and timeline for UTSA to become tobacco-free. The UTSA community is encouraged to contact the members of the task force and share ideas and suggestions regarding UTSA becoming a tobacco-free campus. The task force plans to submit its recommendations to President Romo in March 2013.

The task force members are:

  • Jared Baker, Students in Housing and Residential Life
  • Barbara Baran-Centeno, Human Resources
  • Guadalupe Barrera, Education and Interpretation
  • Kelsey Bratcher, Student Activities
  • Tim Brownlee, University Communications
  • James Casey, Sponsored Project Administration
  • Stephanie Ikediobi, Honors Alliance
  • Danny Khalil, Student Government Association
  • Kimberly Kline, Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Steve Kudika, Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Krisellen Maloney, Libraries
  • Sonia Martinez, Office of the President
  • Thomas Murph, Health, Safety and Risk Management
  • Jared Jones, University Center
  • Sandy Norman, Mathematics
  • Luis Ramos, Ambassador
  • Rene Rangel, Be A Responsible Roadrunner
  • David Rodriguez, Office of the President
  • Joe Rubio, Facilities Housekeeping
  • Deborah Schueneman, SBDC National Information Clearinghouse
  • Corey Sparks, Demography and Organization Studies
  • Athena Vourvoulias, University Marketing
  • Claudia White, Human Resources
  • Venetta Williams, Architecture

>> Read more about the UTSA tobacco-free policy on UTSA Today.

For more information on the UTSA Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative, contact task force co-chairs Sonia Martinez at 210-458-6887 and Barbara Baran-Centeno at 210-458-4037.


About smoking and tobacco cessation

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes -- nearly one in every five adults. As of 2010, there also were 13.2 million cigar smokers in the United States and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes -- other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chance of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide anti-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call 1-800-227-2345.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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