November 16, 2012
At this time of year, we pause to reflect on all we have to be thankful for and to surround ourselves with those who are most important to us. This time-honored tradition is special for me in another way, too, because it gives me a moment to look back at the year at UTSA and reflect on the many things we can be grateful for at our university.
This has been a remarkable year at UTSA. From students to faculty and staff, researchers to athletes, our university is being recognized by our peers for educational excellence. Our faculty members increasingly receive recognition for their teaching and research, which was key to UTSA's ranking among the top 400 universities in the world. Most recently, UTSA was ranked in the top 2 percent of U.S. universities with an "A" rating for core curriculum.
In our march to Tier One status as a premier research institution, we will end 2012 having reached 92 percent of our capital campaign goal of $120 million -- a notable achievement considering We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign was publicly launched just last April. This is a powerful testament to San Antonio's commitment to UTSA.
The outpouring of support for our students, scholarships, graduate fellowships, programs and research has been overwhelming. Just as powerful are the contributions we are making to San Antonio, providing excellent educational opportunities and sending nearly 75 percent of our students into the local workforce.
We are having an impact on San Antonio in another way. Thanksgiving weekend closes out our second season of Roadrunners football, and how wonderful it has been to see tens of thousands of San Antonio fans attend our games and cheer on the team -- which many now call San Antonio's team.
This Thanksgiving, I have so much for which to be thankful. I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate this special time with friends and family, and to take a moment to cherish the good things in our lives.
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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