(Sept. 13, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture (COA) announces the opening of the Center for Architectural Engagement. The new center will be housed within the College of Architecture and will serve to support the college's community engagement and service-learning initiatives.
"The creation of the Center for Architectural Engagement has been something I have been working toward since my arrival four years ago," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "My expectation is that this entity champions and oversees all ongoing and new engagement activities for the College of Architecture. By doing so, we can take our engagement programs from good to great for the city and the region."
Under the leadership of inaugural director Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, the center will bring together students, faculty and staff to address, support and execute community engagement activities with the City of San Antonio, several counties and cities in Texas, and other community organizations.
"The College of Architecture has been involved in partnerships with city and county governments for a long time now," said Pemberton. "It seems only right that we synthesize all of our community engagements efforts and channel them through this center. This way, we'll be able to not only support our ongoing projects, but we can ramp up efforts in new areas of engagement."
In the past, the College of Architecture has spearheaded several initiatives such as: the SPARK School Park program, an initiative aimed at improving school playgrounds; the Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) program, which provides students with neighborhood and historic revitalization projects; and several design-build projects throughout Bexar County.
For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture Center for Architectural Engagement 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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