September 23, 2013
Tomorrow I will be delivering my annual State of the University address and I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of what I will be telling our students, faculty and staff.
This has been a remarkable year for UTSA in so many ways.
In the past academic year, we awarded degrees to one of our largest classes ever – more than 5,800 students. Within the next 12 months, the 100,000th UTSA graduate will walk the stage to receive their degree.
This fall, nearly 65 percent of our entering freshmen ranked among the top quartile of their high school classes, the highest we've ever admitted. At the same time, our student diversity is also at its greatest level.
More than 60 new world-class faculty members have joined UTSA from China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain and Switzerland, and from all across the United States.
On our campuses, you see progress everywhere, from the construction of new buildings to the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs in our labs.
We have created 13 new endowed professorships and chairs because of the generosity of our community and a matching $5 million grant from H-E-B. We now have 60 committed endowments, significantly enhancing our ability to attract top faculty to UTSA.
This past spring, our first-ever capital campaign, We Are UTSA—A Top-Tier Campaign, surpassed its $120 million goal nearly two years early. So we are doing more, committing to raising an additional $55 million by 2015. These dollars will go to faculty research, graduate students and top undergraduate talent, and to new athletics facilities.
This would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from the community. We depend on generous supporters like you to keep UTSA moving toward Tier One status. Every gift, big or small, has a real impact on our ability to provide students with opportunities for excellence.
I'm excited to update our UTSA community tomorrow on our progress. I'm just as excited about what the new academic year will bring for our students, faculty and staff, and for our city. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you for all you do to support UTSA.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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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