(Oct. 16, 2013) -- Meet Tracy Xie '99. Her bachelor's degree from UTSA prepared her for jobs in banking, financial services and insurance. And, for seven years, she has been running a Chinese restaurant.
When you open the door of China Bistro, you are greeted by her father, who gives you a big wave and a smile, or by Tracy, who says "Welcome! Welcome!" -- and after only one visit calls you by name and shakes your hand or gives you a big hug.
"My first goal was to be a chief financial officer for a big company, but I went a bit smaller," said Tracy. "But, our hands are full, and it's a family affair."
She says her bachelor's degree in business administration and finance laid a good foundation and gave her the knowledge and skills that paved the way to entrepreneurship. Coincidentally, her husband, Keng Xie, also is a UTSA alum. He earned his M.S. degree in computer science in 2001 and is now a defense contractor.
Tracy and her parents came from a city near Hong Kong to the United States in 1991. Her husband had come to the States in 1988, and they met here and were married in 1997. They have a 12-year-old daughter, Kelsey, a nine-year old daughter, Venice, and a four-year-old son, Dylan Bo. Since going into business, several close friends who are like family, an uncle and a cousin have come from China to work with her at the restaurant and help with raising the children.
Already in operation, they bought the restaurant on Babcock Road, south of the Prue Road intersection, more than seven years ago and further developed the business. When the economy went downhill in 2008, they managed to hold on. The bigger challenge came in 2010-2011, when road improvements on Babcock periodically blocked an entrance to the small shopping center and reduced traffic on the street. A bakery, a Mexican restaurant and a doctor's office came and went, but China Bistro remained.
"We love our loyal customers who got us through it," Xie said. "A lot of young Roadrunners come into our restaurant, and we all get along because we're part of that UTSA family. We hope our three children will go to UTSA, too, to carry on a family tradition."
China Bistro has a great takeout business. Sometimes there are some empty tables, but generally the phone rings off the hook with orders. And, customers don't just leave with full stomachs or bags of tasty Chinese food. They also are taking out good will and a big smile.
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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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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