(Oct. 26, 2009)--Student leader Steven Garza recently was featured in the online publication My Latino Voice in its Hot Latino 25 Under 25. A UTSA senior biology major, he was nominated by his brothers in the Phi lota Alpha fraternity. His fraternity brothers obviously knew that Garza's involvement efforts were exactly what the publication was looking for.
Along with being a member of Phi Iota Alpha, Garza works with various organizations including the American Red Cross Campus Club, Hispanic Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council and the UTSA Diversity Month Planning Committee. Recently, he took a lead role in organizing and serving as student chair of the Latino Heritage Month Planning Committee.
"When I first came to UTSA I had the mindset of just come to school and leave, and I didn't think I would be as involved as I am," said Garza. "But, seeing the great things that Greek life has to offer, I just got wrapped up in wanting to do good."
After finishing his undergraduate degree, Garza hopes to continue on to medical school. He says that although the path to a better life is not easy, it is always worth it.
Among the other notable honorees for the Hot Latino 25 (Under 25) are America Ferrera from the TV show "Ugly Betty;" Stephanie Lopez Cox, U.S. Olympic soccer player; and Mark Sanchez, quarterback for the New York Jets.
>> For the complete list of the honorees, visit the My Latino Voice Web site.
For more information, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center Web site.
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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