Wednesday, December 02, 2015


UTSA kicks off new student orientation sessions with nearly 4,400 students

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(June 2, 2014) -- New student orientation sessions kick off today at UTSA as summer classes also begin. To date, 4,395 UTSA students have signed up for orientation, which is approximately 1,500 more students than last year at the same time.

Hosted by the UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs, new student orientation sessions help new students and their family members make the transition to college life and learn about the university and its traditions. Programming is targeted to freshmen, transfer students, family members, graduate students and international students.

The sessions help new students:

  • Complete a class schedule in his or her chosen major and a comprehensive academic advising session
  • Learn about UTSA student support services and academic life
  • Understand the personal and financial responsibilities of attending college
  • Reduce anxiety in the transition to college life
  • Understand the importance of academic responsibility
  • Become familiar with UTSA traditions

Orientation sessions provide new students and their families with a structured, comprehensive introduction to the range of opportunities at UTSA. The programming centers on:

  • Creating a positive transition that connects and welcomes students and family members to the campus community
  • A safe learning environment that empowers students through engagement, challenge and accountability
  • Collaboration, team work and service in a work environment that promotes respect and professionalism.


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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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