(March 11, 2011)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Willyam "BJ" Winston as Roadrunner of the Month for February 2011. Winston was nominated by Lisa Alonzo, UTSA director of new student programs.
Winston is from Austin, Texas, where he graduated from A.N. McCallum High School. He is a UTSA sophomore studying electrical engineering and public relations. With his degree, he plans to become a sports analyst or radio talk show host. He also wants to give back to the community and provide for his family and friends.
As an orientation leader and freshman seminar peer leader, Winston has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. He was selected by his peers for Orientation Leader of the Year 2010 because of his high energy and enthusiasm. Many freshman seminar students commented that Winston not only encouraged them to attend events on campus, but also to participate.
"BJ deserves to be recognized for Roadrunner of the Month because he can and does serve as a powerful example to his fellow students," said Alonzo. "He is a hard worker with a warm heart and a relentless will to succeed." Additionally, BJ has taken a leadership role through his participation in leadership opportunities. He has attended and actively participated in the Texas Conference for Women and the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference.
"To me, leadership means providing an example in order to get something accomplished," said Winston. "It also means working without wanting recognition, but still gaining attention to be able to influence others."
Winston is an example through his commitment to the student peer education group VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Phi Sigma Pi, National Society of Black Engineers, Honors Alliance, Men of Honor, UMOJA and the Orientation Leader Association.
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:
>> Submit Roadrunner of the Month nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.
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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