(May 6, 2013) -- Members of the community still have time to vote early for the city council and mayoral elections. Anyone who is a registered Bexar County voter can vote at UTSA and other early-voting sites through Tuesday, May 7. Election Day is Saturday, May 11.
>> Voter early at the H-E-B University Center Bexar Room (1.102) on the UTSA Main Campus from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7. Visit the Bexar County Elections Department website to download a complete list and map of early voting sites, frequently asked questions about voting and sample ballots.
"Voting on campus is an example of how our students, faculty and staff encourage community engagement," said Elvira Jacquez, UTSA assistant director for external affairs. "We invite the UTSA community as well as our neighboring communities to come vote on our campus. We want guests to have an easy voting experience, and we also want them to see how UTSA has grown as a community."
The UTSA College of Public Policy, several student organizations, and UTSA faculty and staff have been active for the last year in registering voters.
"Providing a convenient early-voting site for our UTSA community as well as nearby residents fits perfectly with the College of Public Policy's role as lead partner in the SA 2020 government accountability and civic engagement element," said Francine Romero, associate dean in the UTSA College of Public Policy. "One of our targeted indicators is voter turnout in municipal elections, and early voting is one of the strategies for improving this outcome."
Last fall, more than 100 UTSA students, faculty and staff attended 30-minute training sessions at the Bexar County Voter Registration Department and were sworn in as volunteer deputy registrars. They subsequently promoted voter registration on the UTSA campuses and across Bexar County.
UTSA student groups that participated in voter registration events on campus included the Student Government Association, College Republicans, Young Democrats, Black Student Union, Alpha Kappa Alpha, GLBTQ, Students United for Socioeconomic Justice, Young Americans for Liberty and M.O.V.E.
"Having students vote in these elections has a huge impact not only on the university, but on our community," said Zack Dunn, president of the UTSA Student Government Association. "When students get engaged in civic affairs and look to voice their respective opinions, it allows them to be a part of something greater than themselves."
Identification at voting sites
Voters must bring a voter registration certificate or other form of identification to the voting site. According to the Texas Secretary of State website, acceptable alternative forms of identification include:
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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