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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Sarah Gibbens is news editor for Paisano student paper

Sarah Gibbens

UTSA Roadrunner Sarah Gibbens

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(Aug. 6, 2013) -- Meet Sarah Gibbens, a 21-year-old English and political science major at UTSA, who was one of 13 Bexar County recipients to receive a $2,000 scholarship last month from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. This fall, the San Antonio native also will serve as the news editor for the UTSA student newspaper, The Paisano.

Gibbens has been a Paisano writer for three years and has enjoyed the variety of stories she has pursued, ranging from politics to arts to sports. She looks forward to her new responsibilities at The Paisano.

"I want it to have a cohesive mix of student life, UTSA news, and news locally and abroad that is relevant to UTSA students," said Gibbens. "As the news editor, I will work with a great team of really talented writers, and I hope to foster that passion for news journalism in everyone else who joins our team."

According to Gibbens, journalists play an important role in purveying truth and are responsible for conveying the heart of a matter to their readers.

The UTSA junior is considering graduate school or entering the workforce to achieve her goal of being a political correspondent in Washington, D.C., or traveling the world as a writer for National Geographic.

Since SAAHJ was established in 1986, it has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to journalism and communication majors from Bexar County.


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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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