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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo

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March 2013


Dear Friends,

You may have seen in the news the UTSA Institute for Economic Development issued a new study showing that development in 2012 in the Eagle Ford Shale region added more than $61 billion in economic impact across a 20-county region in Central and South Texas, supporting 116,000 jobs.

The study is the fifth examining the Eagle Ford over the last year alone, making UTSA the leading source of information about the growth and impact of this South Texas phenomenon.

This research underscores the essential role of higher education in public service and economic development. Many people look to UTSA for expertise, and we realize that what we do makes our community and state a better place.

Across the university, work is taking place in our centers and institutes that advances the public good. We are supporting new entrepreneurs and collaborating with local and state organizations to develop new businesses that promote clean technology and a thriving economy. Other research and community outreach programs are transforming the energy future of the city, state and nation and creating sustainable communities.

We are conducting infectious disease research to develop new and effective vaccines to promote public health. UTSA laboratories are researching memory and aging, which affect learning for children, younger adults and the elderly. We are training students and governments at the local and national levels in online security capability and collaboration. And, UTSA is fostering policy discussions that positively impact children, teens, immigrants and first-generation college students.

These are just a few examples of the ways UTSA connects to the community by helping to prepare students for the workforce, create jobs and foster business development. A key indicator of a Tier One university is its contribution to society. The centers and institutes at UTSA are taking leading roles in economic development, public policy, biomedicine and community dialog. This work shows UTSA's commitment to our city and to becoming a top-tier research institution. Thanks for all you do to help us get there.

Go Roadrunners!



Ricardo Romo
The University of Texas at San Antonio



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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