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Inaugural Midnight Light ceremony makes sky glow with UTSA colors

entrance monument
entrance monument
entrance monument
entrance monument

Top photo: President Ricardo Romo with students
Second photo: Rowdy at the monument sign
Third photo: Mr. and Ms. UTSA Zack Dunn and Rebecca Smith
Bottom photo: UTSA cheer squad members at the monument sign ceremony.
(Photos by Mark McClendon)

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(Aug. 26, 2014) -- UTSA students, faculty and staff packed the space around the UTSA monument sign late Monday night. They were there to begin the Midnight Light tradition of shining UTSA colors onto the entrance sign and into the night sky to open the new academic year. The crowd began gathering at 11:30 p.m., and President Ricardo Romo pushed the button at midnight to turn on the colors.

Near John Peace Circle at the northeast entrance to the Main Campus, the crowd cheered as the lights went on. The UTSA cheerleaders, Mr. and Ms. UTSA Zack Dunn and Rebecca Smith, and the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band were there to help lead the celebration.

The award-winning architectural element welcomes everyone to campus, highlights the university's presence in the community and shows that the UTSA spirit is burning bright. The lighting for the monument is full-spectrum LED lighting and can be set to display in a wide array of color combinations -- including UTSA orange, blue and white.

The event was part of UTSA Roadrunner Days, the official kick-off of the new academic year, which features a series of themed events running Aug. 22-29 at the Main and Downtown campuses. The events and activities give students an opportunity to take part in new and time-honored UTSA traditions and connect with UTSA resources.


For more information and the event schedule, visit the UTSA Roadrunner Days website.

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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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