(Feb. 10, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will court nearly 100 high school seniors and their parents at a Feb. 10 invitation-only Top Scholars Dinner hosted by university faculty and administrators. The dinner showcasing UTSA's value and opportunities gives the admitted students one-on-one time with faculty members in their chosen majors and the opportunity to ask questions to help them make their college decision.
Students invited to the event rank in the top 25 percent of their classes, have qualifying SAT or ACT scores and were admitted to UTSA. The students will sit with two scholars in their field of interest, while their parents will sit with staff and administrators with broad knowledge of student matriculation. The event will allow both the students and their parents to ask questions on the topics most important to them.
At the dinner, students will meet Jonathan Peterson-Ruiz, a Brandeis High School graduate and UTSA junior majoring in management with a concentration in international business. Like the students attending the dinner, Peterson-Ruiz was in the top 10 percent of this class. Last summer, he went to China with the UTSA Honors College. He is applying for an Archer Fellowship through the Honors College so he can spend a semester studying in Washington, D.C., before graduating. Peterson-Ruiz is a UTSA Ambassador and fluent in Spanish.
"I chose UTSA for three reasons," said Peterson-Ruiz. "They showed that they wanted me. They had everything necessary for me to succeed during and after college. And, I had the opportunity to shape the way this university will be perceived in the future. They really gave me a sense that they cared about me. They understand that it's not the university that makes the students great, but that it's the students that make the university great. You just get the feeling that you can not only be really successful but happy here, too."
More than half of the students attending Friday's dinner are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The majority are from greater San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. Nearly half plan to pursue science, engineering or health-related courses of study and careers.
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.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
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. César E. Chávez Blvd.
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.
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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