(Dec. 24, 2013) -- In 2008, faculty and administrators at Holland Middle School in Baldwin Park, Calif., embarked on a new project to encourage students to think about pursuing a college degree and what they would need to do academically to be accepted to a university.
Names of different universities would be submitted annually for "adoption' consideration and the students would research each university nominated then vote to choose one.
Winning schools selected have included, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton.
This year, selected by students in teacher Bradley Kuehfuss' eighth-grade class, was The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Kuehfuss knew about UTSA after years of correspondence through an online international running club with fellow runner Scott Kabrich, a prospect researcher for development in the UTSA division of External Relations.
One of Kabrich's colleagues directed Kuehfuss to Belinda Harmon, director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Harmon sent the school a classroom packet of UTSA memorabilia that the students could use to decorate their classroom and show their support for the Roadrunners.
To show their appreciation, the students sent Harmon a photo and individual thank-you notes.
"Their teacher is planting seeds of educational aspiration in these young students and we were so thrilled to play even a small part in this request," said Harmon.
According to Harmon, out-of-state requests for UTSA classroom packets with memorabilia are not uncommon. The Office of P-20 Initiatives has sent packets to Russia, Japan, California, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, New Mexico and Massachusetts.
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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