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UTSA debaters win seven of eight rounds at Idaho State national tournament

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Freshmen Mid-America Novice Champions from UTSA: Caleb Coggeshall (left) and Brandon Daniels

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(April 22, 2013) – The UTSA debaters finished the season on a high note. Jordan Nerison and partner Michael Stroud competed among 166 other teams in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello.

Nerison and Stroud won seven of eight of their preliminary rounds. They defeated Kansas State, Oklahoma University (the defending champions), Missouri State and Harvard, four of the top teams in the country. UTSA lost the eighth round to another Harvard team, falling short of a perfect record and a tournament top seed. After two more elimination rounds, Nerison and Stroud lost to the University of Kansas in the octafinal round, finishing fifth in the tournament.

UTSA also collected several individual honors at the CEDA tournament. Jordan Nerison was named to the Academic All American Debate Team and Michael Stroud was named to the All-American Competitive Team. Chris Crowe, one of UTSA's assistant coaches, was chosen as the CEDA South Central Critic of the Year, and he served on the CEDA Final Round judging panel.

Over the 2012-2013 season, several other UTSA debaters achieved high honors. The junior varsity team, Darius Rosebrough and Alexis Morales, won a tournament and advanced to numerous elimination brackets in both the junior varsity and open Championship divisions. Rosebrough scored well in individual speaker points, often finishing in the top 15 debaters. Brandon Daniels and Caleb Coggeshall, UTSA's novice-level debaters, won several tournaments and became the Mid-America Novice Champions. Daniels won the top speaker award in the MAC tournament, followed closely by partner Coggeshall in second place.

Nationally, UTSA finished the season in the top 30 programs (final rankings have not yet been released) and they are looking forward to a fresh, rebuilding start next season. Several new debaters have indicated UTSA as their top choices, and four current team members will be returning.




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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