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Meet a Roadrunner: Matthew Duarte has nose for news, heart for service

Matthew Duarte

UTSA student Matthew Duarte

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(Sept. 18, 2013) -- Meet Matthew Duarte. He has a nose for news and a heart for service.

As editor-in-chief of The Paisano, UTSA's independent student newspaper, Matt leads a team of student volunteers who report campus, local and world news.

The Paisano begins its news cycle on Wednesdays, when the staff meets in an office in the Bauerle Road Garage to assign stories. The following Monday, the students work well into the middle of the night to ensure the paper makes its press deadline. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, 7,000 copies of the paper are distributed across the UTSA campuses.

"Our team works harder than anyone gives them credit for," he says. "We all love the work we do, and there's no better feeling than seeing the product of that work every week."

Diane Abdo, UTSA adjunct professor and faculty adviser for The Paisano, is quick to point out Matt's own dedication and leadership.

"When Matt had the flu last winter, he arrived at The Paisano office wrapped in a blanket, stood on the front porch and refused to leave until he had read and edited the news section of the newspaper scheduled for printing the next morning."

Talk about dedication!

When the political science/economics double major isn't focused on the day's headlines, he's generally working in the offices of Mayor Julian Castro and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. For the last two years, Matt has helped the elected leaders with their databases of donors and volunteers. He's conducted countless hours of community outreach including phone banking, mailouts and face-to-face meetings.

"I've always had an interest in politics," he says. "Working for the Castros firsthand has taught me more than any teacher ever could have."

Last year, Matt worked behind the scenes as Mayor Castro prepared for his speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The job allowed Matt to travel to Charlotte, N.C., to view the convention first-hand.

Despite two majors, the newspaper and his part-time job, the Eagle Scout and self-proclaimed bookworm occasionally finds time to volunteer with literary groups such as the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization.

Matt plans to graduate in December 2014. Until then, he’ll keep his options open. Perhaps a job in Washington, D.C., will pique his interest. Or, a journalism job may open up. Grad school might also beckon him.

Only time will tell.

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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