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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Tina Yuan has volunteering in her blood

Tina Yuan

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(Dec. 11, 2013) -- Meet Chunhua "Tina" Yuan. She is a native of Gansu province in China, and volunteering runs through her blood.

Tina works at UTSA and the community every week on projects with the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service).

She came to UTSA in August 2012 from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she completed a bachelor's degree in general studies. She was drawn to UTSA because of the master's program in finance... and the warmer winters in South Texas.

Tina began volunteering more than five years ago in China, when she and some friends created a volunteer network of college students across the country who wanted to teach schoolchildren. Tina and her friends worked with schoolmasters in an impoverished area in the mountains to send college students for several weeks each summer and winter when they were on break.

"We put everyone in the back of an old truck for a three-hour journey to the mountains," she says. "And, the children were glad we came."

In San Antonio, she volunteers every week at organizations such as a food bank, a recycling center, Ronald McDonald House, Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries and the Humane Society. Tina and her VOICES colleagues do cleaning, organizing, cooking and serving meals, and anything else that needs to be done.

This month, she will finish a master's degree in finance in the UTSA College of Business. In February, she will return to her hometown in China.

"UTSA is a young university, and there is a lot of powerful energy here… and lots of activities to get involved in," says Tina. "I get a lot of joy from it."

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Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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