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UTSA ROTC cadet Patrick Anderson ranked nationally in top 10

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(Nov. 19, 2012) -- UTSA Army ROTCs Patrick S. Anderson has been ranked one of the top 10 senior cadets in the United States, according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command Order of Merit List.

The ranking includes all seniors across the country and names the top 20 percent as Distinguished Military Graduates. It measures senior cadets according to their academic strengths, athletic prowess in the Army Physical Fitness Test, and overall performance in ROTC and the Leader Development and Assessment course.

"It's his character, determination and hard work -- knowing what's expected of him -- which makes him such a strong leader and student," said Executive Officer Maj. Benjamin McMahon.

According to McMahon, UTSA's ROTC program is recognized as one of the top three in Texas, and Anderson's accomplishment is a testament to that.

A UTSA business major, Anderson has been on active duty for seven years. He is stationed at Fort Sam Houston and enrolled at UTSA as a result of its geographic proximity and the strength of its ROTC program.

"UTSA has an excellent ROTC program," said Anderson, "And, its being so close to Fort Sam and other military bases makes it very competitive. There are many cadets with military experience and training."

The cadet hopes to work in the medical field in administrative management. "In 10 years, I see him as a battalion commander or lieutenant colonel," said McMahon. "Really, there is no limit to what he can do."

 

 

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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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