(July 1, 2013) -- UTSA officially became a member of Conference USA (C-USA) on July 1. The Roadrunners join 16 schools in nine states as full members.
The Roadrunners are coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign in their lone year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). UTSA won this year's WAC Commissioner's Cup, which is awarded to the school that performs the best in each of the league's 19 men's and women's championships. The department's winning point total of 90 was bolstered by WAC Championships in indoor track & field and baseball (tournament). The Roadrunners also captured 12 individual conference titles (nine men's track and field/three women's track and field) and had a total of 137 WAC All-Academic honorees.
That came on the heels of a 21-year run as a member of the Southland Conference. UTSA won a total of 58 Southland Team Championships after joining the league in 1991-92 and 37 of those came in its last dozen years. UTSA also won two Commissioner's Cups (2007-2008 and 2010-2011) and it boasted a conference-leading 30 Student-Athletes of the Year since the circuit started handing out the award in 2002-2003.
Since 1995, C-USA's dedication to excellence has been the league's guiding principle and remains a common thread today and for a promising future. Throughout the changes during its history, the conference has held onto its strong foundation that reflects its national presence. Its 16 schools, including UTSA, have compiled numerous athletics and academic achievements and, additionally, the C-USA footprint has grown by nearly 20 percent, while providing the geography that allows for a divisional scheduling model that will be beneficial to the student-athletes, fan-friendly and cost effective.
C-USA sponsors competition in 20 sports — nine for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field) and 11 for women (basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, softball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball).
The league sponsors numerous academic awards, including the Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Commissioner's Academic Medal, indicative of outstanding achievement in the classroom, in addition to sport specific all-academic teams.
C-USA performers have achieved great success in competition, placing the league among the top leagues in the nation.
The league enjoys significant television exposure through partnerships with FOX Sports Media Group, CBS Sports Network and ESPN. The multi-tiered selection process that is rooted in partnering with all three networks has substantially increased the number of national and regional appearances for football, men's and women's basketball and all other conference sports.
As one of the largest Football Bowl Subdivision conferences in 2013, C-USA membership will include institutions in 12 of the Top 65 television markets, eight in the Top 40 and four in the Top 25 media markets according to Nielson. C-USA home markets next year will include more than 14.5 million TV households.
>> For more information, visit the UTSA Athletics 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.
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