(Feb. 9, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Torrie Jackson as Roadrunner of the Month for December 2011/January 2012. Pesha Mabrie, complex coordinator of UTSA Housing and Residence Life, nominated Jackson.
Jackson is from Houston, where she graduated from Cypress Falls High School. She is a junior studying psychology. After receiving her B.A. she plans to enter graduate school and work toward a Ph. D. in clinical psychology. Jackson would like to open a private practice focusing on disaster survivors and mental health. She also hopes to start a nonprofit agency centered on educating youths pursuing their education and becoming more involved with their communities.
Jackson is a resident assistant at the Chaparral Village campus residence facility and has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA, according to Mabrie. During resident assistant training last fall, she stepped up as mentor to many of the rookie resident assistants. She took time out of her schedule to make sure everyone knew the proper operating procedures for the front desk and on-call processes.
"Torrie shows her leadership by her actions, and she has gained the respect from her residents and colleagues," said Mabrie. "Torrie is very passionate about everything that she is involved in. She makes a point to get to know her residents on a deeper level than many of her colleagues and hosts programs focused on their interests."
"Being a good leader is not an everyday characteristic that is found in just any individual but it is a characteristic that every individual can work towards," said Jackson. "Thus, leadership to me is the essence of life. It is the key component that is needed to succeed. I strive to be a better leader each day so that one day someone can be influenced by my leadership to change the world and make difference."
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:
>> Submit 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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