(July 27, 2010)--This summer's closing ceremony for the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) will celebrate the 32nd class of aspiring engineers. Presenting the keynote address, astronaut and electrical engineer Jose Moreno Hernandez will discuss his career and flight in space last year. The ceremony for PREP students and their families is 1 p.m. July 30 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.
PREP is an academically intense, seven-week program that teaches middle and high school students abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills to introduce them to careers in engineering and related fields.
In 2001, Hernandez began working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2004, he was chosen for astronaut training, which he completed in 2006. Last summer, he took his first trip into space on NASA's STS-128 Space Shuttle mission, making history as the first astronaut to Tweet from space in Spanish.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 participants are expected to gather for the PREP closing ceremony. PREP will recognize graduates who completed three to four years in the program, many of whom will receive scholarships from local two-year colleges and four-year universities. Last year, PREP students earned more than $1 million in scholarships to attend Texas schools and major in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Additionally, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will attend the event along with leaders from the San Antonio Water System. They will present PREP with a $100,000 sponsorship check to support the program's continued operation.
PREP began in 1979 at one venue with 44 students. The program now spans five years including PREP I, II, III and IV as well as University PREP (UPREP), which is for college credit. PREP's combined programs serve 1,375 students at nine locations in San Antonio, approximately 2,600 students in other Texas cities and approximately 500 students in other states.
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Chat with members of the Downtown Campus Initiative Task Force about changes taking place as the Downtown Campus grows and transforms to offer a comprehensive living and learning experience. Table topics will include curriculum changes, orientation updates, transportation, food and living options.
Frio Street Building Commons Area, Downtown Campus
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host this town hall meeting to discuss Unequal Justice in Bexar County and in Texas.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force presents a panel presentation of experts from 4 universities with experience in incentive-based budgeting. All UTSA campus community is invited to attend and be informed about budgeting processes.
Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
This event showcases the work of trainees, faculty, staff and students from multiple disciplines and public health agencies across San Antonio.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This exhibit highlights the UTSA Special Collections, which includes historic photographs from Texas, San Antonio and UTSA history.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Come learn about the benefits available before the enrollment period July 15-31.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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