August 20, 2014
This is one of my favorite times of the year. A sense of excitement is building at UTSA as we prepare to welcome nearly 30,000 students to campus next week for the start of the new academic year. This is a great time to be at the university -- to see the enthusiasm and passion of our students, faculty and staff.
The fall semester will include yet another achievement for the university. We expect to have one of the largest freshmen classes in UTSA history! Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, donors and the community, we are attracting top-tier students with new recruitment scholarships. More than 70 percent of this year's freshmen will have graduated in the top quartile of their high school classes.
For the first time, all of our freshmen will be enrolled in University College, a first-year experience designed to help students transition to college and make connections with professors, advisors, peers and mentors.
We're also welcoming more than 40 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, including a new dean for our College of Engineering. Each of these scholars brings a unique set of skills and knowledge that will support our advancement to Tier One.
The new semester also brings new traditions. Next week, we'll unveil our 6-foot tall, 11-foot long iron roadrunner statue in its permanent home across from Sombrilla plaza. Our students initiated the Bring Rowdy Home project last year, and Rowdy will be a source of pride for many years to come. And there is already talk about UTSA football going to a bowl game this year!
It's a truly exciting time at UTSA. Welcome to all of our students, faculty and staff, and thanks to our community supporters who are making the dream of a top-tier education a reality for our students.
It's going to be a great year.
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Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus
Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus
Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus
The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus
Kristen Rosen is developing technology to help breast cancer patients’ quality of life
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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