(Nov. 18, 2013) -- The UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs hosted the annual Family Weekend event, which celebrates and recognizes families and parents for supporting their UTSA students through their academic careers.
The event proved to be quite a success with Family Weekend packages selling out. The package included the opportunity for families and guests to attend the Rowdy Rally, participate in the Family Fiesta, Alumni Tailgate, sit with their students at the UTSA vs. Tulane football game and receive "Proud UTSA Family Member" t-shirts.
Family Fiesta was a new component for the weekend lineup of activities, and it was hosted by the UTSA Family Association and the UTSA Parent Council. The fiesta was at La Margarita Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Market Square and welcomed more than 60 family members and guests. Attendees mixed and mingled with other UTSA parents and members of the Parent Council. There were numerous prizes including football tickets and Family Association gear.
A tradition of every Family Weekend is the showcase of the Family of the Year winners. This year, Orientation and Family Programs and the Family Association awarded Raymond Smith and Mary Smith from Portland, Texas, as the 2013 Family of the Year. The Smith family was nominated by their daughter, Rebecca Smith, who recently was named Ms. UTSA.
As the 2013 winners, the Smith family received a gift basket valued at more than $1,000 including an iPad, a hotel stay and an opportunity to attend the weekend's football game in the Family of the Year Suite. The Smith family also had the pleasure of leading the UTSA football team through the Rowdy Rally and were recognized for their award at the event.
For more information on the UTSA Family Association and UTSA Parent Council, visit the UTSA Family Association 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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