(Aug. 28, 2013) -- Meet Zack Dunn. He's our current UTSA Student Government Association president and serves as the student voice of Roadrunner Nation.
Zack comes from a UTSA family. His mother was an employee of UTSA until 2009, and his sister, Alyssa Dunn, is currently a senior at UTSA.
In addition to the responsibilities that come with representing the student body on and off campus, Zack, a finance major, plays an active role in the UTSA Investment Society, one of the most robust student organizations in the UTSA College of Business.
We asked Zack to share his Top 5 Tips for new UTSA students:
1. Take pride in your university! That means attend university events when possible and DO NOT wear another school's shirt!
2. Get involved. Whether it's athletics, band, Greek Life, student organizations or academic organizations, there is a place for everyone to grow outside of the classroom here at UTSA.
3. Make it a point to talk to your teachers. They are genuinely interested in advancing your education.
4. Maintain a planner to make sure that you can attend all the events you want, be a part of the organizations you want and most importantly, maintain a strong hold on your academics and studies.
5. When possible, rent your textbooks over buying them.
Little known fact about Zack: He was on the varsity wrestling and football teams at San Antonio's Reagan High School.
Something surprising about Zack: He recently was crowned the winner of the Mr. What-A-Man Pageant, a scholarship pageant hosted by the UTSA Black Student Union chapter.
Why Zack loves UTSA: "I love UTSA so much because it is a place where any student can come, regardless of their background or experiences... and they can make a name for themselves. Here at UTSA, the faculty, staff, administration and even one's fellow students can all be relied upon to make one's respective collegiate career truly unique. I also like the fact that we are such a young campus. As opposed to campuses that have been around for many more years, this is a campus that is continually growing and reaching new platforms of success. To me, being apart of that progression is an incredible experience, as I get to play a part in making the traditions that future generations of roadrunners will get to enjoy and take part in!"
Do you know someone whose UTSA roots run deep? Email us at email@example.com and we will consider your submission for an upcoming installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
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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