(June 5, 2013) -- Meet Aaron Arriaga. This summer, he'll be studying in Chengdu, China, at Southwest University for Nationalities on a scholarship from the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.
Arriaga is one of two UTSA students who received a Gilman Award to study abroad this summer. The other UTSA Gilman awardee just happens to be his girlfriend, Gabriella Zundt, who will join him in China.
With a major in management science and minor in political science, Arriaga is setting his sights on a career in foreign policy. Studying abroad in China is a pretty smart step in that direction.
"I've been studying Chinese history, politics, business and language for the past few years," he says. "China is such a powerful player in the world economy. I'm excited to immerse myself in the culture and learn as much as I can about how they view our country, how our policies affect theirs and how their approach is different from ours."
He's also looking forward to practicing the Chinese language he's learned in class at UTSA. Ultimately, he hopes to extend his stay by securing an internship in the fall at either the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Beijing, China.
"I've never been so excited in my whole life," he says. "Studying abroad is something I've always wanted to do and now I'm actually doing it. That's a big accomplishment."
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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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