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UTSA housekeeping staff learns computer skills from teacher education staff


Housekeeping staff member receives graduation certificate from Dave Riker, UTSA associate vice president for facilities

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(June 4, 2014) -- Since May 2012, a group of students at UTSA has received computer training from the College of Education and Human Development faculty, staff and students, but these students aren't typical college students. They're housekeeping staff members. And, many of them had never even been in front of a computer before they started these classes.

The classes began when facilities worker Erlinda Castillo, who was interested in learning some computer skills, asked Ilna Colemere, senior program coordinator in the Office of Teacher Education Services, for help. Staff members participating in the training began calling it "Erlinda's Wish."

"She was very hungry to learn, and because we are in the business of education, we knew it was important to educate everyone in our midst," Colemere said.

Colemere took on the challenge and one student soon turned into more than 80. The class graduated May 30 from their third year of classes.

They celebrated their achievements -- many going from not even knowing how to turn on a computer to learning how to communicate via email -- with a special ceremony.

Since they began, the classes have expanded to include English-as-a-second-language skills. The housekeeping staff is allowed one hour a week to attend the classes taught by College of Education and Human Development faculty, staff and students.

Colemere recently won the Extra Mile Award at the UTSA University Excellence Awards ceremony for her work on the program.


To learn more about Erlinda's Wish, email Ilna Colemere.

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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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