Amazing things are happening at UTSA as we continue to hit major milestones on our path to Tier One status. And every milestone we reach is having a ripple effect on San Antonio.
Last week, nearly 4,400 UTSA students walked the stage at our first Commencement ceremonies in the Alamodome. These students are now turning the exceptional education opportunities they had at UTSA into leadership roles as business executives… or starting new companies… or making new scientific discoveries… all right here in San Antonio. I am so proud of our graduates and all they are doing to contribute to the success and prosperity of our city.
Also this month, we received another major recognition in our advancement to top-tier status. The Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University has named UTSA as one of the top 500 universities in the world in research, citations and performance. The Academic Ranking rates more than 1,200 universities in 43 countries globally, and UTSA is one of only 150 U.S. universities to make the list. This achievement, along with our ranking in Times Higher Education as one of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old, is an acknowledgement that UTSA is among the most respected institutions in education.
Another significant step is reaching our initial financial goal of $120 million in UTSA's inaugural capital campaign, two years ahead of schedule. The tremendous support we have received from the San Antonio community has given us the momentum to increase our Tier One capital campaign reach to $175 million by August 2015. Every gift we receive will make a real difference in supporting graduate students, recruiting top undergraduates, supporting faculty research and building state-of-the-art athletics facilities.
I am confident that we will meet and surpass our goals because San Antonio has always been extremely generous to us.
Our top-tier city certainly deserves a top-tier university, and I am so grateful for all you do to help UTSA and our city receive the recognition they deserve.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.