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Welcome back! Nearly 29,000 UTSA students begin classes Jan. 13


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(Jan. 13, 2014) -- Welcome back to UTSA! Spring classes begin today at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and nearly 29,000 students will be back on campus after the winter break.

Additionally, more than 1,400 faculty members and 2,700 staff have returned to help guide UTSA students through their academic careers in the classroom and with numerous support services. UTSA provides access to excellence for a diverse group of students. Many are high achievers who are the first in their families to attend a college or university.

Students can take advantage of Campus Recreation facilities at the Main and Downtown campuses to maintain their fitness and health. Additionally, Student Health Services has clinics at both campuses to provide wellness programs and care. Students also can count on the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success for support in their academic endeavors.

There also are plenty of activities and entertainment opportunities for UTSA students. Events in January include:

  • The University Center will offer free movies on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the semester.
  • UTSA Athletics will host men's basketball games Jan. 11 and 30 and women's basketball games Jan. 15 and 25. Students are admitted free to all athletics activities by showing their UTSACard.
  • The Department of Music will present "Student Recital: Marco Reyes, Trombone" on Jan. 16, "Faculty Recital: Stephanie Westney Presents a Dvorak Festival" on Jan. 23, a Faculty Chamber Recital on Jan. 30 and "Guest Recital: Hal Reynolds, Trombone," also Jan. 30.
  • On Jan. 20, UTSA students will participate in the annual Martin Luther King Day March, hosted by the City of San Antonio.
  • The College of Business will host a Business Involvement Fair Jan. 21-22 with information on registered business organizations. The Student Organization Information Fair is Jan. 22 at the Downtown Campus.
  • The Department of Art and Art History will present "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" in January and February, with reflections of the African-American experience through art, films and discussion.

Check UTSA Today every day for information on special events throughout the semester.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main 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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