(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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Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
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