(Nov. 12, 2013) -- The UTSA Downtown Campus community honored those who serve and served our country in the armed services at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
As military representatives and dependents read the 250 names from the 2013 National Roll Call of those who gave their lives, a bell was sounded in their honor. Each name was read, knowing that they were someone's son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, loved one, friend, co-worker, classmate or battle buddy. Each of the fallen leaves behind unfulfilled dreams, and we are humbled by the sacrifice they made.
Additionally, speakers expressed their gratitude and support for veterans who now are UTSA students. At the ceremony, UTSA staff distributed yellow ribbons and provided an opportunity to write thank-you notes to be distributed to veterans across the city.
The UTSA Student Veterans Association, the UTSA Veterans Services Advisory Committee, Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC planned a series of UTSA events for Veterans Day. Paul Benevides, a social work graduate student and the Downtown Campus representative for the Student Veterans Association, took the lead in planning the National Roll call and wreath laying ceremony at the Downtown Campus.
"It's important that we stay connected with our UTSA community because the SVA supports and advocates for the student veterans of UTSA," said Benevides. "The SVA membership was honored to participate in the roll call by calling out the names of service men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country."
The readers of the names of fallen veterans included SVA members Staff Sgt. Julie Gilmore, U.S. Army; military dependent Gary Ibave; Specialist Tessa Marsh, U.S. Army; Hospital Corpsman Second Class Matt Hachman, U.S. Navy; and Petty Officer Third Class Jason Anthony Rose, U.S. Navy.
The historical significance of Nov. 11 is that in the 11th month on the 11th day at the 11th hour, the peace treaty was signed to end World War I, which was called "the war to end all wars."
Originally called Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, it was changed to Veterans Day in the United States in 1954 to honor all veterans and the war dead.
President Dwight Eisenhower's Veterans Day announcement: "I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of the United States of America, do hereby call upon all of our citizens to observe Thursday, Nov. 11, 1954, as Veterans Day. On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
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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