(March 22, 2013) -- As part of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives road trips to South Texas, a UTSA professor returned to her alma mater, Donna High School, to motivate students to attend college. Associate Professor Maricela Oliva in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies returned to the Rio Grande Valley recently to speak to approximately 600 students at Sharyland High School in Mission and Donna High School in Donna about the importance of education beyond high school.
Oliva described her personal academic journey and told students that the support of their families is an important asset in helping them pursue and achieve their academic dreams. Belinda Saldana, UTSA director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives, provided students with a UTSA overview and various higher education pathways.
"Students truly benefit from role models that they can relate to," said Saldana. "It was wonderful to see the students seek advice and information from Dr. Oliva, realizing that she was from their community."
Oliva accompanied the UTSA Mobile Go Center on its visits to targeted high schools in South Texas. A one-stop source for college knowledge, the center helps prospective college students and their families prepare college admission applications and financial aid forms.
>> To learn more about the Mobile Go Center, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.
>> To schedule the Mobile Go Center in the San Antonio area, visit the UTSA P-20 Initiatives 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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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