(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 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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