(May 10, 2010)--John Leno, a May graduate with a B.S. in kinesiology, and Gloria Ruedas, also a May graduate with a B.A. in marketing, are both winners of the spring 2010 UTSA Office of Information Technology Laptop Award. The winners are selected from graduates of the Academic Development Program (ADP) in the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success. Both students received a Dell laptop computer, a Dell printer, a backpack and an award certificate.
Leno was highly involved on campus while completing his degree. A member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he also was an active member of the Air Force ROTC and participated in community service projects such as Alternative Spring Break, which aided victims of Hurricane Katrina. Leno also worked in several positions on and off campus. He was employed at the UTSA Recreation Center and campus bookstore and presently is employed by the Roy Maas Youth Alternative Center.
Ruedas was involved in the American Marketing Association and worked in various departments across campus. She worked for the UTSA Annual Fund drive, Advancement Services and currently is employed with the University Career Center.
"With high hopes, a positive attitude and low SAT score, I applied for admission to three separate universities," said Leno in his award application essay. "Three weeks later, I received two notices of rejection from the universities in which I applied for. The University of Texas at San Antonio was the first and only school that was willing to give this unfocused and slightly misguided high school student a chance."
Ruedas wrote in her essay, "Words just do not do justice for expressing my feelings toward this school. Without UTSA, I could not have made it this far. UTSA gave me the opportunity that no one else was willing to give me. The people of this university devoted time and effort into refining me and helping me to become a better and more successful person."
"This is what this award is all about. It is about the growth and achievement that our students accomplish during their time at UTSA," said Cynthia Rodriguez, ADP director. "I can honestly say that when we receive news that our former ADP students will be graduating, we know as a staff and a university that we did something right."
The awards were presented to Leno and Ruedas by Lee Gildon, chief operations officer of the UTSA Office of Information Technology, and John Moder, executive director of development for the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU). The laptop program was co-founded by UTSA and HACU, but now is sponsored by the UTSA Office of Information Technology and the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success.
A winner is selected each fall and spring semester from ADP students who apply for the award. This spring, there were two winners because no winner was selected in fall 2009. ADP students are admitted to UTSA on a provisional basis; laptop awardees are selected from participants in the program who have developed their academic standing and will graduate with a minimum 2.50 G.P.A. Applicants must submit an essay detailing their academic and work experience.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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