(April 23, 2013) -- The Texas Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Chi at The University of Texas at San Antonio received the coveted President's Cup at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 6, 2013. Alpha Chi awards the cup to the chapter judged most outstanding in the nation. Each nominated chapter must keep track of their activities over a three-year period to prepare its application package.
The UTSA chapter received the award for implementing academic and service programs on campus and in the community, sending students and sponsors to the annual conventions, nominating students for society scholarships and fellowships, and encouraging student academic research. The panel of judges noted the variety and quality of programs offered or co-sponsored annually as a signature aspect of this chapter's merit.
"We commend the chapter sponsor, Patricia Graham, the assistant sponsor, Charlin Jones, the student officers and the many members who together make this chapter successful," said Trisha Yarbrough, executive director of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society. "Dr. Graham and the chapter at UTSA illustrate Alpha Chi's core values of academic excellence, campus engagement and civic improvement, so I'm delighted they received the President's Cup. Their commitment to enriching campus life and improving their community exemplifies our ideal to 'make scholarship effective for good.'"
The impressive traveling trophy will be displayed at UTSA until the 2015 convention. Upon bringing it back for presentation to the next recipient, the Texas Alpha Pi chapter will receive a beautiful trophy to keep as a permanent reminder of the chapter's esteemed status.
Alpha Chi is a co-educational honor society inducting more than 13,000 members annually. Juniors, seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their classes on campuses in 45 states are invited for membership. The Alpha Chi chapter at UTSA inducts more than 200 members annually.
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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