Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA student Elliott Nelson is known as 'Hammock Guy'

Elliott Nelson

UTSA student Elliott Nelson

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(Jan. 22, 2014) -- Meet Elliott Nelson -- otherwise known as "Hammock Guy."

You may have spotted Elliott hanging from the beautiful oak trees around the UTSA Main Campus this semester. A native of San Antonio, this junior marketing major appreciates the slower side of life that relaxing in a hammock invites.

"Hammocks are so comfortable, they make you relax and in general they are just very calming," he said. "Once the semester gets into full swing and midterms and finals come around, I will definitely be studying in the hammock a lot."

Students relaxing in hammocks between classes are nothing new to university life. In fact, several universities across the country have welcomed hammock use as part of their campus culture. They're easy to set up, lightweight, compact and portable.

Elliott's life isn't always calm. In fact, he's an enthusiastic member of the UTSA Climbing Club through Campus Rec and participates in weekend climbing trips and collegiate climbing competitions across the state.

"In addition to climbing, I also love to camp," he said. "Instead of bringing a tent, I just bring my hammock and a sleeping bag and that's all I need most of the year."

Incidentally, Elliott may have started a trend at UTSA. He says that some of his climbing buddies plan to buy their own hammocks, so UTSA may soon see more hammock sightings in various places around campus.


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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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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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