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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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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