(Sept. 13, 2013) -- After nearly a year of planning, the UTSA Rowdy Rush was launched Sept. 7 at the UTSA-Oklahoma State football home opener. The inaugural Rowdy Rush obviously was a lot of fun for first-year students and a great way to show their enthusiasm for the team and UTSA.
Modeled after the Baylor Line, UTSA freshmen joined the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band on the field, forming a human tunnel for players and coaches to enter the field just minutes before the kickoff. More than 500 incoming freshmen registered at student orientation and purchased a Class of 2017 orange jersey to be part of the first-ever Rowdy Rush.
UTSA Athletics Marketing and Student Activities staff collaborated in the search for a way to introduce freshmen to school spirit and increase student attendance at home football games. After visiting Waco last football season to gain first-hand information on the Baylor Line, the UTSA staff members worked throughout the offseason with the Alamodome staff, UTSA Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, student leaders and the band to develop a plan for Rowdy Rush.
In the Rush, students enter the field from the northwest corner of the Alamodome and run to the southeast corner to greet the Roadrunners team. Student wranglers manage ropes to form the tunnel lined by students and the band.
The students gather two hours before the game at the Student Affairs tailgate party at Sunset Station, then go into the Alamodome an hour before kickoff to get in position. Approximately 15 minutes before kickoff, the marching band goes onto the field for a pre-game performance, followed by the Rush at the seven-minute mark before kickoff to form the tunnel for the players' entrance. From entrance to exit, the Rowdy Rush freshmen are on and off the field within three minutes.
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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