(Jan. 25, 2011)--Winners of the 2011 Homecoming Art Contest were announced Tuesday, Jan. 18 in the University Center Retama Auditorium galleria. Derek Bell from the Student Homecoming Committee was on hand to give out the prizes. Rachel Paver claimed first place with her submission "Dunk It UTSA." Justin Constantino was awarded second place for his design "Speedy Victory." Third place was awarded to Pallas Aidinian for her entry "Tradition-Spirit-Pride."
Each artist received a trophy and cash prize. First place was awarded $250, second place $100 and third place $50. The first- and second-place poster designs will be displayed in the University Center. The third-place poster design will be auctioned at the UTSA Alumni Gala in support of student scholarships.
Rachel Paver is a junior architecture major. She plans to graduate in May and then attend graduate school to pursue a license as a professional architect. She served as an officer of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). She also participated in rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward (hurricane relief) in New Orleans through Historic Green.
"I hope to use architecture in a way that will make our living habits more efficient for the future and the environment," said Paver. "Design has always been a passion of mine, whether it is designing a building, playing music or drawing a picture."
Justin Constantino is a mechanical engineering major with minors in biology and music. He was born in Nutley, N.J. He plans to become a biomedical engineer after he receives his doctorate. Additionally, Constantino is in the MBRS/RISE program, in which he is able to gain experience in research and the opportunity to participate in biomedical research conferences. Constantino said he was very excited to participate in the poster competition.
Pallas Aidinian is a senior anthropology major and intends to go to graduate school to focus on paleoanthropology and primatology. Originally, she is from Santa Monica, Calif. Aidinian enjoys working in Photoshop as one of her hobbies. She has many interests that include do-it-yourself projects, "random acts of kindness," wildlife and marine conservation, sustainability science, and her cats Charlie 5, Punkin and Picnic.
UTSA Homecoming 2011 is Feb. 3-5. The Homecoming men's basketball game will be Saturday, Feb. 5 against the Lamar University Cardinals. The Homecoming 2011 theme is "Tradition-Spirit-Pride."
Homecoming 2011 t-shirts are available in a range of sizes for only $5 at the University Center information desk at the Main Campus and the Durango Building information center at the Downtown Campus. Read details on UTSA Today.
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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2015 was a significant year for UTSA. As the university moved forward on the road to Tier One research, designations and recruitment of high caliber faculty and students, it also completed its first ever capital campaign. Read about UTSA's accomplishments in the 2015 Year in Review as we look forward to what the next year will bring.
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