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UTSA's 12th annual Fall Convocation Aug. 26 kicks off academic year

Fall Convocation
Luis Alberto Urrea

Last year's UTSA Fall Convocation and this year's keynote speaker, author Luis Alberto Urrea

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(Aug. 22, 2013) -- UTSA will host the 2013 Fall Convocation for incoming freshmen on Monday, Aug. 26 in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. The convocation is an opportunity for the university community to welcome the UTSA Class of 2017 and to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. This year's event will be UTSA's 12th annual convocation.

Because of high number of new students in the UTSA colleges, there will be two ceremonies:

  • 10-11 a.m.: College of Architecture, College of Public Policy, College of Sciences and University College
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Education and Human Development

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one or both ceremonies; attendance is mandatory for new students. Lunch will be served between the two ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Convocation Center east lawn.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the Freshman Common Reading, "The Devil's Highway," will deliver the keynote address. All faculty, staff and students also are invited to the Meet and Greet with Urrea from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) in the University Center.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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