(Dec. 19, 2013) -- Meet Cara Ward. When she walks across the Alamodome stage to receive her bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Sciences, it will mark the end of a long and hard-fought journey for the 21-year-old Austin native. Additionally, Ward will graduate with highest honors from the UTSA Honors College.
Raised in a foster family, the Lake Travis High School graduate excelled in high school and was accepted to several universities around the country. However, the financial price tags to attend those schools were more than she could afford. Disheartened but not defeated, Ward decided to pursue her dream of becoming a medical doctor and enrolled at UTSA with the help of a financial aid package.
After getting through a rough first semester with new financial adjustments and responsibilities, Ward flourished academically and found herself becoming more involved in campus activities.
She held several leadership positions in the Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical society and was inducted as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society.
Ward earned a Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology fellowship and was elected secretary of the Global Health Brigades, a new UTSA society focused on improving medical care services in Honduras.
In addition to her campus involvement and rigorous class schedule, Ward works in the College of Sciences dean's office at the Downtown Campus where she assists with the development of a Biosciences II class. She also spent two years with the Baptist Health Care System, employed as an emergency department scribe assisting physicians and patients.
For her outstanding efforts, Ward has received the College of Sciences Presidential Scholarship, the College of Sciences Letitia and George Riley Annual Scholarship, the Dr. Ruskin Norman and Karen Norman Endowed Scholarship, and the Sagik Memorial Scholarship Award, which is awarded to first-generation college students.
Ward hopes to attend medical school in Texas and has already visited UT-Southwestern in Dallas and UT-Medical Branch in Houston.
"I always like to challenge myself and that's why I chose medicine," said Ward. "It's multi-faceted and keeps your feet in different doors. In addition to being a doctor, sometimes you are also a sociologist, psychiatrist, social worker and a business person, depending on the situation."
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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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