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Prefreshman Engineering Program: Problem solving, engineering, logic and fun

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(June 13, 2011)--Today, the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP) welcomes 1,400 entering middle and high school students for the start of its seven-week summer program at UTSA. Founded at UTSA in 1979 by Manuel Berriozabal, UTSA professor of mathematics, SA-PREP has an impeccable record of success -- 99 percent of the students who complete one summer in the program go on to college.

Last year, three-fourths of the program's grads were members of minority groups, 53 percent were female and more than a third represented low-income families.

"The PREP program is not for the faint of heart," said Rudy Reyna, PREP director. "The program is academically intense. We provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of topics that are fundamental to careers in the STEM areas -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through PREP, students are empowered to become lifelong learners and team players, problem solvers and decision makers."

The four academic levels of the program are presented over seven weeks through lectures, seminars and activities that allow students to learn and apply advanced STEM concepts. Among other topics, the curriculum includes mathematics, problem solving, engineering, physics, technical writing, water science, computer science, research and STEM career awareness. In addition to gaining a jumpstart on advanced topics in the hard sciences, PREP students have the opportunity to earn college scholarships and high school credit.

In San Antonio, PREP I will be offered at the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, St. Philip's College and Palo Alto College. PREP II will be offered at the University of the Incarnate Word Dual Enrollment Center, San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University. PREP III will be offered at St. Mary's University and PREP IV will be offered at the UTSA Main Campus. All programs run June 13-July 28.

Through the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), approximately 3,000 additional Texas youths will participate in the program across the state. TexPREP locations include Arlington, Austin, Bay City, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Edinburg, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Odessa and Victoria.

Learn more at the PREP website or call the San Antonio PREP office at 210-458-2060.

 

 

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UTSA researcher is a star behind the cloud

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.

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

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

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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