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Roadrunner of the Month: Martha Wright exemplifies leadership, motivates students

Martha Wright

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(Dec. 13, 2011) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Martha Wright is Roadrunner of the Month for November 2011. She was nominated by Afamia El-Nakat, research associate professor in the College of Engineering.

Wright is from Encinitas, Calif., where she graduated from La Costa Canyon High School. She is a senior studying environmental science. With her degree in hand, she hopes to continue her research on sustainable energy and clean water. Additionally, she would like to continue with her education and pursue a master's degree.

As an active member of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, a resident assistant and the secretary of the UTSA Honors Alliance, Wright is an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. She rallies students with her passion to be involved on campus and leads by example on how they can find opportunities to better themselves, their community and their future.

According to El-Nakat, "Martha is the symbol of a UTSA Roadrunner who is dedicated to her fellow students from attending athletic events to rallying students in the various alliances and organizations she is involved with. Additionally, Martha is further developing her leadership skills through starting a new student organization called Roadrunners for Renewable Resources."

"Leadership is the ability to lead, but also to take input from others," said Wright. "I cannot lead effectively if I do not consider those I am leading."

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:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community.

Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.




Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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