(July 31, 2013) -- Nash Horne, student regent of the UT System Board of Regents, began his UT System campus visits today at UTSA, attending the closing ceremony of the signature Prefreshman Engineering Program and touring the campus.
A senior studying political communications at the University of Texas at Austin, Horne was appointed for a one-year term as student regent by Governor Rick Perry. While at UT Austin, Horne has been heavily involved in student government. His work led to founding the Bastrop Fire Relief effort, through which more than 8,000 student volunteers aided fire victims, and founding the Jessica Fertitta Endowment Fund. He plans to continue his education by earning a law degree.
"I came here to UTSA today to meet President Ricardo Romo and SGA President Zack Dunn and to talk with students," said Horne. "I walked around campus with President Romo and visited your great Rec Center and saw a number of other impressive buildings. This is the first campus I have visited, and I liked walking around to get to know the culture of the campus with a first-hand perspective.
"Being a student regent is a big task," he added. "It's an exciting time to be on the board, and I'm looking forward to visiting all of the UT campuses to see what students need and then sharing what I learn with the board."
Editor's note: Kris Rodriguez contributed information for this story.
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
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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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