(Feb. 21, 2013) -- UTSA Student Disability Services in collaboration with San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind will present an hour of interactive learning about disability as a part of diversity in the work environment and the importance of this issue for employers and employees. Speakers will be Mike Gilliam, president and CEO, and Marti Hathorn, assistive technology specialist and UTSA alumna, both with the Lighthouse. Free and open to the UTSA community, the workshop will be 1:45-3 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The presenters will use first-hand knowledge to discuss various facets of disability at work: defining the term "accessibility" in relation to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act; identifying stereotypes and myths regarding hiring individuals with disabilities and how the stereotypes and myths hinder reaching team and organizational goals in the work environment; strategies for heightening awareness and the benefits of making the workplace accessible; and a demonstration of types of assistive technology available for individuals with disabilities.
Mike Gilliam has been CEO for the SA Lighthouse for the last seven years. Previously, he served as vice president in charge of the Southwestern Bell Year 2000 Project worldwide and president of Arkansas and Oklahoma operations. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Cornell University Executive Development Program.
Marti Hathorn has been part of the S.A. Lighthouse Rehabilitation Center for eight years. She graduated with honors in 2003 from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in business administration. In 2008, she earned a UTSA M.B.A. in information systems. She specializes in assistive technology utilized by individuals with low vision or blindness. She also has worked closely with the Veteran's Administration to provide technology skills to blind veterans.
Student participants with approval from an instructor to receive credit for the workshop will receive certificates of attendance. For more information or if a disability-related accommodation is needed to attend the event, contact Beverly or Bridget at 210-457-4157.
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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