(March 11, 2010)--The new $82.5 million Applied Engineering and Technology Building was center stage Wednesday, March 10 during a dedication ceremony on the UTSA Main Campus attended by elected officials and more than 200 students, faculty and friends of the university.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo, serving as emcee, thanked guests for their continued support over the past 10 years as UTSA grew from a mid-sized commuter campus to an emerging research university.
"As one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and the nation, UTSA continues to strive toward Tier One research university status and the addition of this laboratory and teaching facility is a big step in the right direction," said Romo.
Romo introduced University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa as the keynote speaker, acknowledging his achievements and for being the first Hispanic in America selected to lead a public university system.
Cigarroa commended Romo for his leadership and for building an emerging research university "for our beloved South Texas." He also recognized Mauli Agrawal, dean of the College of Engineering for his outstanding work in building a college where students receive a world-class education.
"This is a remarkable day for both UTSA and for UT System and this new facility immeasurably adds to the innovative research this university has produced over the past decade," said Cigarroa. "University students and their parents deserve and expect a second-to-none education and this engineering and science facility is one more step in ensuring that that environment exists here at UTSA."
Cigarroa's remarks resonated with Olivia Arroyos, an undergraduate engineering student serving as a UTSA Ambassador at the event. Arroyos said the classrooms are large with power for individual laptops that hook up to a group computer wired to the classroom's main projection screen.
"Engineering students tend to internalize and the large open classrooms in here force you to open up socially and prepare you for giving PowerPoint and public presentations -- something an engineer will have to do when we graduate and enter the workforce," said Arroyos.
In a program cut short because of light rainfall, Cigarroa, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, and state Sen. Jeff Wentworth joined Romo and longtime UTSA supporter Bartell Zachry for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Before the 10 a.m. dedication, Mauli Agrawal, College of Engineering dean, and George Perry, College of Sciences dean, along with John Frederick, provost, and Bob Gracy, vice president for research, led building tours. Visitors got a look at two large classrooms and eight of the 36 new laboratories that span research from biomaterials and regenerative orthopedics to laser spectroscopy.
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.
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