(Nov. 14, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted U.S. Department of Labor Secretary, Hilda L. Solis at the "Young Veterans Forum: Training for the Future" on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The conversation centered on veteran's education and training.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff introduced Solis, who discussed how the U.S. Department of Labor assists veterans making the transition from the military to educational or vocational programs and employment. She also answered questions from student veterans on topics such as the difficulty veterans with disabilities have gaining employment, transition assistance programs and in-demand job industries.
The Department of Labor is a strong supporter that helps veterans go from military service to the civilian labor force. Throughout her career, Solis has been a champion of education and training programs for veterans.
"Helping to provide the skills and training that our vets need to succeed when they come home has been one of the most rewarding parts of this job," said Solis.
"We were honored to have Secretary Solis take the time to visit with our student veterans here in San Antonio and provide her insight," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. Her office organized the secretary's visit.
According to Firmin, UTSA is working hard to serve its large population of student veterans. UTSA certifies more veterans and family members than any other four-year public or private university in Texas. Currently, more than 2,500 UTSA students are using VA educational benefits or Hazelwood benefits to help them through school. Nearly 40 percent of those students are women, and 42.6 percent are Hispanic.
Solis is one of only two presidential cabinet members to visit UTSA in recent years. Last spring, Gabriela Lemus, her senior advisor, visited UTSA to meet with student veterans. Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was the keynote speaker at a UTSA graduation ceremony in May 2011.
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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