(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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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