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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, December 2013

Ricardo Romo

"As a UTSA supporter, you have made these transformational experiences possible. You have made UTSA a university of first choice. For that, I am extremely grateful."

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December 19, 2013


Dear Friends,

This week, nearly 4,000 UTSA students will receive their diplomas during our fall commencement. This will be the largest December commencement in the university's history, and it is yet another milestone in our journey to Tier One status.

Commencement is one of the things I enjoy most about being a university president. During my 14 years at UTSA, I have met thousands of students and witnessed their transformation from students to leaders. Every time I see graduates receive their diplomas, I feel such immense pride knowing how much they have accomplished and how much UTSA has played a role in their success.

This year's graduates will follow in the footsteps of nearly 96,000 alumni. UTSA held its first commencement in 1974. Then-President Peter T. Flawn awarded degrees to 82 graduates. The university did not have the facilities on campus to hold the ceremony; it took place at the UT Health Science Center.

Today, commencement is held at one of San Antonio's largest venues, the Alamodome, to accommodate all the students, family and friends who want to be a part of this very special moment. In fact, it takes three ceremonies and the dedication of hundreds of faculty, staff and volunteers to recognize all of our graduates. I am so appreciative of all they do to make these such memorable events. UTSA commencement has truly become a community celebration.

A degree from UTSA represents the exceptional opportunities and experiences students have here. Our graduates are prepared to be tomorrow's leaders in business, science, the arts, education and public service. As a UTSA supporter, you have made these transformational experiences possible. You have made UTSA a university of first choice. For that, I am extremely grateful.

To our newest alumni, congratulations! I am so proud of you, and I am eager to see the many ways you will enrich society in the years to come. Stay in touch and let us know from time to time how you are doing. Remember, you will always be part of the UTSA family.

From our Roadrunner family to yours, Harriett and I wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

Go Roadrunners!


Ricardo Romo
The University of Texas at San Antonio



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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