(Dec. 17, 2013) -- Meet Lorraine Schmitt. In 2002, she emigrated with her family to the United States from Cordoba, Argentina, and planted roots around Smithson Valley.
This month, the family will be celebrating in the Alamodome when she crosses the stage to receive her bachelor's degree in English from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA).
Her educational journey was not always a smooth one; it had its share of peaks and valleys.
In fall 2009, Schmitt attended Williams College, a private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Mass. After two years in attendance, she found her health declining and discovered she suffered from Crohn's Disease, an autoimmune disorder that effects almost a million people in the United States.
With her world in disarray, she decided to return home and take a year off from school to reassess her priorities and research treatments that would allow her to maintain an active college lifestyle.
Reinvigorated, and with a supportive family by her side, she enrolled at UTSA in fall 2012 to continue her English studies.
The newfound Roadrunner excelled in her studies and became involved in campus activities.
She was elected vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society, and served as assistant manager of Sagebrush Review, the annually published student-run and student-produced literary journal. Additionally, she worked as an SAT instructor through the Princeton Review.
Schmitt has received various scholarships and honors including the Stephen G. Kellman Creative Non-Fiction Award and a third-place award for creative non-fiction at the COLFA research conference.
Last spring, she was proud to be part of a small group of students that met with UTSA President Ricardo Romo to discuss student leadership, campus life and on-campus housing. The feedback was a part of Project Innovation, which provided ideas and opportunities for improvements correlating with initiatives identified in the UTSA 2016 strategic plan.
"All of the students really felt like they were a part of the university and that their insight and opinions really mattered," said Schmitt. "It was great to see that it was a two-sided conversation."
After graduation, she plans to move to California with her fiancé and pursue a position in teaching, publishing or technical writing. Eventually, Schmitt would like to pursue a graduate degree and become a faculty member at a university.
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The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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