You may have heard that our city is experiencing a major brain gain. San Antonio recently was ranked No. 6 among top U.S. metropolitan areas in attracting young, college-educated people with bachelor's and advanced degrees. Experts say that San Antonio is catching up to Silicon Valley in the innovation economy, and UTSA is playing a big part in that advancement.
Each year, UTSA sends more than 5,000 graduates into the job market, with nearly 70 percent remaining in San Antonio. Our graduates add an estimated $4.8 billion in earnings to the state economy, alone. But, it's not just about the number of students we graduate. It's about being a leader in educating the growing, high-tech workforce needed for the jobs of tomorrow.
This is where community support makes a real difference. Thanks to the financial support from our business community and UTSA friends, we are able to attract expert faculty to UTSA and expose our students to some of the finest scholars in the nation. Our students work side-by-side with these researchers and professors, and graduate ready to meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.
A perfect example of how financial gifts have a transformational effect on UTSA is the recent gift of $5 million from H-E-B. This watershed gift will support recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, matching other private gifts dollar for dollar. That means, through the generosity of our community, we will be able to provide a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs at UTSA.
With this caliber of faculty, we will move even closer to Tier One status. And, our students will have the opportunity to work with scholars conducting cutting-edge research, creating new businesses that grow our economy and inspiring a new generation of leaders.
It's all the more reason to support our university. I am so grateful for the generosity of H-E-B, the business community and all of you. Your gifts are helping to make San Antonio a nationally recognized center of innovation.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.