(Aug. 12, 2014) --More than 70 representatives from 43 nonprofit organizations, businesses and public sector agencies recently gathered at the UTSA Downtown Campus for a special Community Connect Breakfast hosted by the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion. Participants were invited to learn more about UTSA's multifaceted community engagement efforts and to provide feedback.
Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, welcomed the attendees with an update on the collective impact of UTSA students, faculty and staff on the community. He highlighted UTSA's dedication to improving the lives of individuals and the community at large.
Keynote speaker Francine Romero, associate dean of the College of Public Policy and associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, focused on challenges and opportunities faculty encounter with community-based research and teaching.
Followed by short presentations from various UTSA departments, the event concluded with roundtable conversations, where community partners were encouraged to provide feedback on how UTSA can help prepare students for service in the respective organizations and how community partners can contribute to educate UTSA students in active citizenship.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the many departments doing community outreach and to learn about how our organization can be engaged with UTSA in strengthening our community together," said participant Mary Flannigan, director of communications and partnerships with San Antonio Youth Literacy.
The breakfast was the first of several gatherings set for this academic year to further the conversation on the civic purpose of UTSA and ways to improve civic literacy. Community roundtables will be Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, providing an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage with community partners.
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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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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