(Oct. 2, 2013) -- Meet Carlos de la Garza. Carlos recently was accepted into one of the nation's most prestigious Latino leadership programs.
Carlos was accepted into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2013 Fall Congressional Internship Program. This fall, he is living in Washington, D.C., to intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Congressional District 35.
Since he began the internship last month, the senior public administration major has dived right into the political realm at the national level. His dream is to become a legislator and one day run for office at the local, state or national level.
"This internship is helping me to grow professionally by leaps and bounds," said Carlos. "It's given me a better perspective of our nation's political system, and it's given me valuable work experience in the field of public policy."
Over the course of 12 weeks, Carlos's major duties will include responding to inquiries by constituents from District 35, drafting correspondence and memos, monitoring hearings and conducting research for use by Doggett's office.
This isn't the first time Carlos has interned in a political office, though. Last semester, he was an intern in the office of Texas state Rep. Mike Villarreal.
"Interning in an elected leader's office is a unique experience that carries a lot of responsibility," said Carlos. "But, it's very worth it for the deep knowledge of politics that you gain as a result and for the opportunities it provides."
Carlos is the co-founder and treasurer of the Public Administration Student Organization and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity. Last spring, he was nominated as the most outstanding undergraduate student in the UTSA College of Public Policy.
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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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