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UTSA Roadrunner of the Month is art education major Jennifer Preza

Jennifer Preza

Jennifer Preza

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(Oct. 27, 2010)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center selected Jennifer Preza as Roadrunner of the Month for September 2010. Preza was nominated by Lisa Alonzo, UTSA director of orientation and family programs.

Preza is from Katy, Texas, where she graduated from Mayde Creek High School. She is a UTSA senior studying art education. When her degree is in hand, she plans to become an art teacher. She would like to have an impact on students in the same way her art teachers influenced her life.

As a student coordinator for Orientation and Family Programs, Preza has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. This summer, she assisted with orientation of 2,000 family members to UTSA while working as both the family coordinator and the transfer and camps coordinator.

According to Lisa Alonzo, "Jenn is an outstanding leader; she is hard working, full of UTSA spirit, and her leadership goes beyond orientation programs."

Additionally, Preza has taken a leadership role in her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, by challenging and encouraging her sisters. She sees her place on the Panhellenic Council as a way to take her chapter and Greek life to the next level.

"Leadership means having the confidence in yourself to know that you are going to do the best job possible," said Preza. "Leaders come in different shapes, forms and characteristics. Believing in yourself to accomplish your goals -- that is a true leader to me."


The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.

Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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