By KC Scharnberg
Public Affairs Specialist
(Nov. 28, 2012) -- Victor Camino and Daniella Lerma recently were crowned Mr. and Ms. UTSA for 2012-2013. Mr. and Ms. UTSA are nominated through an annual contest sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association. The program recognizes students who embody the spirit of UTSA, while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.
Each year, hopeful students compete to be named to the UTSA Homecoming Court (consisting of the Mr. and Ms. UTSA finalists) and enter the race to win the most votes from UTSA students. Part of each candidate's mission is to raise money for student scholarships awarded by the Alumni Association.
This year's Homecoming court consisting of Victor Camino, Emily Gavlick, Daniella Lerma, Brian Mannas, Porcsha Presley and Darryl Wyrick raised more than $5,000, which will go toward scholarships for several current or incoming UTSA students.
"I love UTSA and I am incredibly honored to help raise awareness about all that this university has to offer its students and the community," said Lerma.
"This experience has taught me to do my best and never give up," said Camino. "UTSA has given me a lot of opportunities, so I want to do everything I can to give back and be a model student."
Their shared goals during their tenure as Mr. and Ms. UTSA include raising awareness of the UTSA Alumni Association and the benefits it offers current students as well as continuing to raise funds to build up the student scholarship fund.
Camino, a business administration management and marketing major, is a first-generation college student in his family. He is active in a number of organizations including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UTSA Ambassadors and UTSA Global Business Club. Off campus, Camino mentors children in learning English as a second language. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with friends at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus.
Lerma, an electrical engineering major, is the first engineering student to win the Ms. UTSA title. On campus, she is an active member of the UTSA Student Government Association, College of Engineering Student Council, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Off campus, she plays the violin at her church, participates annually in the Race for the Cure and volunteers at a hospice center. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Mr. and Ms. UTSA serve as ambassadors for the university at various UTSA-sponsored events throughout the year. If your club or organization is having an event and would like Mr. or Ms. UTSA to make an appearance, contact the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at email@example.com or 210-458-4133.
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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