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UTSA launches Community Connect magazine

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(Dec. 3, 2012) -- To celebrate and showcase UTSA's public service programs and community engagement activities, the Office of the Vice President for Community Services has launched a new annual publication called Community Connect.

The inaugural issue, published this month, includes feature stories on successful clients of the Institute of Economic Development, new academic-based youth programs, and news from the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Mexico Center, as well as community engagement activities in other UTSA colleges and departments.

"The reason we are publishing Community Connect magazine is to share the stories about how we're transforming lives in our community," said Jude Valdez, vice president for community services and executive editor of the magazine. "Public service has always been at the forefront of what we do at this university, and we don't tell those stories often enough."

As a vehicle for showcasing the university's community engagement and outreach efforts, the magazine also aims to build additional support for We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign.

The UTSA community is invited to read about the service and outreach work going on around campus. Approximately 7,000 copies of the magazine were published and distributed to community and business leaders, government officials and donors.

>> Read the online edition of the UTSA Community Connect magazine.

 

 

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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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