October 23, 2013
One of the best things about being a university president is having the opportunity to interact with students. Without question, UTSA students are incredibly talented and motivated, and they have great stories to share.
Just the other day, I heard about a UTSA student who is taking advantage of exceptional opportunities while working toward her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Alyssa Schaefbauer is a 21-year-old Houston native who grew up watching her father build space suits as a NASA engineer. Talk about a hard act to follow.
Alyssa came to UTSA with plans to stay for just one year and then become a Longhorn. But a great opportunity changed everything.
One of our mechanical engineering professors invited her to conduct research in his laboratory. She accepted and joined a team of students researching computational bioengineering.
The students worked with their professor to create a football kicking simulator that can help athletes significantly improve their performance. They even brought one of the UTSA football kickers into the laboratory to make the simulator as realistic as possible. Recently, they filed a patent application for their invention.
Think about that. These undergraduates had the chance to work side-by-side with a top UTSA researcher on a project with tremendous potential for the commercial market. At most universities, that kind of experience wouldn't come until they were graduate students. But at UTSA, they got a top-tier research experience as undergrads.
That opportunity – that access to excellence – transformed Alyssa into a loyal Roadrunner. She realized the opportunities she wanted to pursue were right here at UTSA.
As supporters of UTSA, you are helping to create opportunities for students in every discipline. And your support is changing the course of their lives.
As UTSA continues to recruit top faculty, open top-tier research labs and build a top-tier institution, let's keep in mind the reason why we're all here. We're here for students like Alyssa. We're here to prepare them for successful careers. And we're here to change the world one student at a time.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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