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UTSA hosts District 8 city council candidate forum at Main Campus

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District 8 city council candidate forum at UTSA

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(April 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Government Association, UTSA College of Public Policy and the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters recently hosted the City Council District 8 Candidate Forum at the UTSA Main Campus Business Building.

All candidates on the ballot for District 8 were invited and participated in the forum. Candidates Rolando Briones, Mike Kueber and Ron Nirenberg outlined their backgrounds, discussed city issues and answered questions from the audience. UTSA SGA president-elect Zack Dunn moderated the 90-minute event, which was open to the public.

The UTSA Main Campus is in District 8 and the UTSA Downtown Campus is in District 5. UTSA hosts the forums to educate the public about local offices, allow voters to compare the candidates and their positions, and to raise voter interest and participation in the upcoming election.

"These candidate forums are an important component of UTSA's commitment to SA2020, in which we serve as lead partner on government accountability and civic engagement," said Francine Romero, assistant dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "This sort of event helps to enhance civic engagement in general, and we also hope it will have a specific and measurable impact by increasing voter turnout in municipal elections."

A candidate forum for District 5 is planned for the UTSA Downtown Campus at 6 p.m. April 13. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 210-458-4597.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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