(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 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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