(Oct. 16, 2013) -- The UTSA men's and women's basketball teams took a break from preparing for their upcoming seasons to lend a hand to the San Antonio community on Sunday, Oct. 13.
The women's team spent part of their day volunteering at the Ava's Wish Foundation 5K Run "Tennies and Tiaras" at Eisenhower Park in Stone Oak. Ava's Wish Foundation raises money for children with brain trauma and injuries.
The Roadrunners assisted with operations of the 5k run and handed out medals to participants who ran the race. Additionally, they were responsible for judging the best costumes of the children participating.
"Working with Ava's Wish Foundation is an amazing experience for the women in our program," said UTSA women's basketball head coach Luby Lichonczak. "It is a wonderful cause that allows us to interact with the San Antonio community. Our team really enjoyed being able to participate in such a great event."
Money raised from the 5k run will be used to provide scholarships for special-needs children to attend adaptive classes and camps offered at Alamo Kid Sports.
Meanwhile, the men's basketball team used their day to help with a Habitat for Humanity build. The Roadrunners student-athletes, coaches and support staff joined a group of volunteers to help put together the frame of a house in the Spring Creek United Methodist Church parking lot.
"We are happy to volunteer our time and services any time we can give back to the community," said men's basketball head coach Brooks Thompson. "It was a very fulfilling experience for everyone involved, and it was great to see all the volunteers working together on this project despite the rain."
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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