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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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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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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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