(Jan. 8, 2013) -- This holiday season, 18 offices across the UTSA Division of Student Affairs and 12 student organizations adopted 25 senior citizens and 27 families through the Family Service Association Adopt-a-Family program.
Volunteers packed cars and trucks with wrapped gifts ranging from sheets and kitchen supplies to bikes and games and delivered the gifts Dec. 11 and 18. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of 750 families in our community this year, and UTSA was one of the biggest adopters in the entire program.
Families are selected to participate, and most are very low-income and often had experienced job loss, death in the family or medical emergencies this year.
This was the fifth year of the UTSA Student Affairs participation in the program, and each office and student organization puts its own tradition into the service project. In some offices, each staff member adopted one family member and shopped for the needs and wants of that individual. Other groups had a gift-wrapping party as a part of their holiday celebration, and many offices donate canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts.
This year, Athletics inspired individuals outside the university to assist with the effort when they purchased a new mattress for a senior in need. Deby Bailey, athletics business manager, set out to find an affordable mattress and ran into dead ends when prices were too high. She finally went to Factory Mattress on De Zavala, met a great sales person and found what she was looking for. Before checking out, the salesman disappeared and returned with $25 of his own money to contribute to the effort; he later called to let Bailey know he had told his boss about the sale and the store upgraded the mattress at no cost.
>> Learn more about the Family Service Association and Adopt-a-Family.
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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