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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA Professor Emerita Marian Martinello

Marian Martinello

UTSA Professor Emerita Marian Martinello
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(Sept. 4, 2013) -- Meet Professor Emerita Marian Martinello.

Martinello joined the UTSA faculty in 1975 and retired in 2000, but she has remained affiliated with the university in various capacities: She returned briefly to serve as associate dean for research in the College of Education and Human Development, regularly attends a reception welcoming new faculty to campus, and recently served on a subcommittee to develop the new Academic Inquiry and Scholarship course.

She also is a longtime donor. These days, she's also a frequent visitor to the Libraries' Special Collections, where she is delving into the Mexican cookbook and photograph collections as research for a young-adult novel she's penning about a chili queen in 1880s San Antonio.

But last month, Martinello did something she has not done in more than a decade: She unpacked the pale blue doctoral gown of her alma mater, Columbia University, to wear at the Fall 2013 Convocation. She was one of five members of the UTSA Retired Faculty Association, of which she is president, who walked in the ceremonies welcoming new freshmen to UTSA.

"I always participated in commencement because I felt it was important to be there for the students," Martinello said. In fact, at her final commencement before she retired, she was tapped to serve as the university marshal and carry the ceremonial mace in the processional.

But after that last ceremony, she said, "I took my cap and gown and packed them up."

As they have expanded their activities and outreach on campus, members of the RFA decided it was time to pull their regalia out of storage. RFA members José Jimenez, Carolyn Kessler, Raymond Padilla and Joel Saegert also participated in this year's convocation.

Donning her regalia and taking part in the faculty processional once again after a 13-year lull reaffirmed her connection to the university's community of learners and scholars and "brought back beautiful memories," she said.

It reminded her not only of colleagues and former students, but also of her own efforts as a faculty member at a growing university: developing new courses and programs; designing and implementing teaching innovations in the classroom; preparing instructional materials; and even competing for grants.

"The cap and gown are symbolic to me of academic achievement, not just my own," Martinello said. "As a first-generation college student myself, I understand the difficulties of attaining undergraduate and graduate degrees. When I completed my doctorate, I made a commitment to help younger generations of students learn and earn their degrees.

"My cap and gown speak to me of the thousands who have studied with me in their quest for academic achievement. It is also symbolic of the work and achievements of all who have and will come after."


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Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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