(Sept. 10, 2013) -- For the fourth consecutive year, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named one of the most military friendly schools in the United States by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's military service members and student veterans.
The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on the 2014 list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are recognized for offering scholarships, discounts, veterans clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services dedicated to their military veterans populations.
UTSA student veterans have numerous resources available at UTSA, such as counseling services, tutoring, life-skills assistance, first-class ROTC programs, a career center that actively assists student veterans, federal job fairs, student veterans networking opportunities (VETNET), veteran/military recognition events, financial assistance, and a large population of faculty and staff who readily identify themselves as veterans or supporters willing to assist student veterans. The UTSA Veteran Services Advisory Committee, comprised of veterans from across the university, oversees service enrichment for student veterans.
"UTSA takes its role as a military friendly school very seriously," said Lisa Firmin, associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment and a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force. "The university values the experiences that each veteran brings to its classrooms. They truly enrich UTSA's overall diversity and bring a unique and important perspective."
"We are dedicated to leading the way in providing a quality educational environment for our student veterans and active military," Firmin added. "Through our many services and active advocacy organizations, we hope to continue to have a welcoming and supportive environment for all our students be they active-duty, veterans or their dependents so they can be successful in higher education."
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research that included a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. G.I. Jobs developed the list's methodology; criteria and scoring for the list were established with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
In the effort to help student veterans find the right school for them, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution, based on peer reviews from current students. View student veteran survey feedback at the Military Friendly Schools website.
"Being recognized for the fourth consecutive year by G.I. Jobs magazine as a military friendly school confirms what we already know," said Firmin. "UTSA is a great choice for our military. Whether they're active duty, veterans or military family members, we are dedicated to welcoming and supporting them."
>> For the complete list of military-friendly schools, visit the G.I. Jobs 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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