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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, July 2014

Ricardo Romo

"Our faculty and students have built the best cybersecurity program in the country, and their work is getting noticed."

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July 21, 2014


Dear Friends,

Cybersecurity is a core research strength at UTSA. We have built the top-ranked program in the nation, and our reputation is attracting more and more attention from policy makers and business leaders.

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with a UTSA team to brief representatives from the White House, Congress, government agencies and the business community on UTSA's growing prominence in cybersecurity research and education.

Cybersecurity has come a long way at UTSA since we began offering our first course in 1999, the year I became university president. From that small start, our program has grown to 14 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the colleges of Business, Sciences and Engineering. We've also become a critical part of the military's San Antonio cybersecurity command – the largest outside of the nation's capital – and a national leader in the field.

This year, a survey of top security experts named our cybersecurity program the best in the nation. We achieved this by recruiting world-class faculty, attracting top students and creating partnerships that enhance our ability to conduct ground-breaking research.

UTSA is committed to advancing our leadership role in cybersecurity research and education and in the nation's cyber defense. Meetings like those last week in Washington will result in new partnerships that allow us to accomplish even more.

Our faculty and students have built the best cybersecurity program in the country, and their work is getting noticed. That's what you'd expect from a university well on its way to Tier One recognition.

Go 'Runners!

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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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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