(April 4, 2013) -- With Rowdy Roadrunner, H-E-Buddy and students looking on, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will unveil the H-E-B University Center at a 9 a.m. dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 9. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the dedication, which will honor H-E-B for its ongoing support of UTSA students.
Last month, UTSA announced the receipt of a $5-million gift from H-E-B to support the recruitment of world-class faculty through the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund. The gift has been matched dollar for dollar by other private gifts, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history and brings H-E-B’s overall support for UTSA to more than $7 million.
"H-E-B is deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."
The University Center is the hub of student life and activities at UTSA. University Center South was completed in 2008 with student-elected fees. It includes a ballroom, meeting rooms, a game room, lounge space and office space for more than 250 student organizations.
The April 9 unveiling will be on the west side of University Center South. It will feature a pep rally format including student leaders, members of the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and H-E-B leaders.
The event will include brief remarks by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, 2013-2014 Student Government Association President Zack Dunn and H-E-B executive Winell Herron. H-E-B also will present the 2013 University Life Awards to UTSA's Most Outstanding Student Organization and Most Outstanding New Student Organization.
>> Learn more about UTSA's ongoing capital campaign at the We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign website.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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