(Aug. 29, 2013) -- UTSA students, faculty and staff enjoyed Pachanga in the Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday at Bill Miller Plaza. There were free food, good music and giveways -- and an opportunity for students to connect with registered student organizations.
Students affiliated with the organizations were set up in tents with information tables to inform passersby about how to get involved on campus.
Sarah Gallup, a psychology and pre-med major, is president of the group Be A Responsbile Roadrunner. "I like that there are a lot of organizations represented here today," she said. "In my group, we educate students about how to stay safe on campus. I'm here to promote the group today. We sponsor lots of events like Campus Crawl and Party on the Paseo, and we help students get involved on campus."
Conor Harvey, a public administration major and SGA Downtown Campus affairs chair, was at the event to represent the UTSA Student Government Association. "I like the music, food and meeting new people, and the whole UTSA environment," he said. "I'm giving people info on SGA and telling them about our Facebook and Twitter sites, and getting their emails so they can get our newsletters."
"Pachanga" is a Spanish word originating in Cuba, which translates as "dance party."
>> Learn more about student organizations at the UTSA Student Activities website.
Information for this story was contributed by Jesus Chavez.
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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