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Leadership honor: UTSA student Eliana Briceno named Roadrunner of the Month

Eliana Briceno

UTSA student Eliana Briceno

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(March 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Eliana Briceno as Roadrunner of the Month for February. Briceno was nominated by Jennifer Rames, associate director of volunteer services in the UTSA Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement.

"To me, leadership is the responsibility of guiding a group of people to a common goal," said Briceno. "I believe it is very important to lead by example and to leave a legacy."

A senior studying Spanish and sociology, Briceno is from Valencia, Venezuela, where she graduated from Seven Lakes High School. After completing her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend law school and has aspirations to open her own law firm and to develop a nonprofit organization.

As the president of the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Briceno is an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. She has demonstrated leadership through serving as the trip leader for alternative spring break trips to Corpus Christi and Amarillo. On both trips, she and fellow Roadrunner volunteers assisted Habitat for Humanity in building homes.

"Eliana truly embodies the Roadrunner spirit," said Rames. "She is active on campus, works more than 25 hours per week, maintains a very good GPA, studies for the LSAT, and is the president of one of the largest student organizations on campus."

Briceno is active in motivating fellow students to get involved and engaged in serving the community. For example, her idea for the campus-wide program Extreme Makeover UTSA brought together more than 250 students to complete projects across campus in one day. Additionally, during her presidency with VOICES 40 new members were inducted and completed 3,700 hours of community service in fall 2011 -- both record-breaking achievements for the organization.


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:

  • Full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at 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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