(April 23, 2013) -- More than 20 universities and colleges from across Texas will come together at UTSA to discuss innovative new strategies to combat alcohol abuse and underage drinking on college campuses at the first Texas Research, Education, Assessment and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Alcohol Coalition Summit. The summit is Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25 on the UTSA Main Campus.
"Our hope is that the summit will not only educate participants by providing research information, ideas and programs that institutions are using nationwide, but that that this will be a way to assess our strengths and come together as one entity -- a coalition," said Kelsey Bratcher, UTSA associate director of student activities.
Participating institutions were encouraged to create a team of professional representatives from institutional areas that address alcohol abuse such as student conduct offices, housing and residence life, student health services, police department and crime prevention services, and peer education advising. Eighty representatives from across the state are expected to attend.
A variety of presentations and breakout sessions by experts will address various aspects of alcohol abuse and underage drinking prevention. Beth DeRicco, a national consultant on matters of dangerous drinking and drug use among college and university students, will serve as the keynote speaker for the summit.
Among other presentations, the UTSA Student Conduct Office will showcase the E.P.I.C. Journey Sanctioning Model, developed by UTSA, at 1 p.m. April 25 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28). E.P.I.C. Journey is an innovative collaborative strategy that addresses violations of community standards by holistically addressing four distinct skill sets: engagement with the university, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership.
Party on the Paseo, UTSA's unofficial Fiesta event, will close the summit from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Main Campus. Party on the Paseo is an event for which UTSA won the BACCHUS Network Outstanding Creative Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program award. The event is free and open to the public. Live musical performances will be provided by San Antonio groups Greg G: The Golden Child and The Krayolas. Greg G will start off the night with a performance at 6:30 p.m.; the Krayolas will follow.
Party on the Paseo is credited with a dramatic decrease in alcohol violations on campus during the Fiesta celebrations. It gives the UTSA community a safe and sober way to celebrate Fiesta, while educating participants about alcohol abuse and the laws, risks and campus policies regarding alcohol.
The summit and Party on the Paseo are funded, in part, by a supporting grant from the U.S. Department of Education for reducing alcohol abuse among university and college students.
For more information, call the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.
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.
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