(Jan. 5, 2010)--Harold Lee Skipper, a 15-year retired veteran of the UTSA Police Department, died Dec. 24 after a courageous battle with cancer. He continued to work and to give 100 percent even while going through cancer treatments. In fact, he received the Officer of the Semester Award for Spring 2009.
In June 2009, he retired with the rank of corporal. Before coming to UTSA, Skipper served in the Air Force for 24 years and retired with the rank of master sergeant.
According to Capt. Douglas Sonego of the UTSA Police Department, Skipper left an indelible mark on all of those who knew him. "A beloved member of the police department, he was sorely missed when he retired and will be missed even more so following his passing," he said.
Skipper was assigned to the patrol division's first shift for the last several years. In addition to his supervisory duties, he was instrumental in managing maintenance of equipment and the vehicle fleet.
He often kept what he was thinking to himself, but anyone who worked closely with him could tell when he agreed or disagreed with something, based on certain pet phrases such as, "What did he go and do that for?" and "There's no tellin' what he was thinkin'."
Whether he agreed or not, Skipper always made sure the job was done and done right.
Skipper will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, his three children Harold II, Chad and Marjorie, and two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Lauren.
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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