(Jan. 22, 2014) -- Meet Elliott Nelson -- otherwise known as "Hammock Guy."
You may have spotted Elliott hanging from the beautiful oak trees around the UTSA Main Campus this semester. A native of San Antonio, this junior marketing major appreciates the slower side of life that relaxing in a hammock invites.
"Hammocks are so comfortable, they make you relax and in general they are just very calming," he said. "Once the semester gets into full swing and midterms and finals come around, I will definitely be studying in the hammock a lot."
Students relaxing in hammocks between classes are nothing new to university life. In fact, several universities across the country have welcomed hammock use as part of their campus culture. They're easy to set up, lightweight, compact and portable.
Elliott's life isn't always calm. In fact, he's an enthusiastic member of the UTSA Climbing Club through Campus Rec and participates in weekend climbing trips and collegiate climbing competitions across the state.
"In addition to climbing, I also love to camp," he said. "Instead of bringing a tent, I just bring my hammock and a sleeping bag and that's all I need most of the year."
Incidentally, Elliott may have started a trend at UTSA. He says that some of his climbing buddies plan to buy their own hammocks, so UTSA may soon see more hammock sightings in various places around campus.
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The UTSA community is encouraged to donate blood and save a life. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt.
H-E-B University Center parking lot, Main Campus
The CACP 2016-2017 Speaker Series continues with architect and writer Jason Griffiths of the University of Arizona and Jason Griffiths Architecture. His practice is based on a multidisciplinary approach.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
Dr. Stephanie Westney (violin) presents a concert of Mozart compositions as performed by herself and other talented musicians from the university and surrounding area. This concert is free and open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News and KLRN-9 will host a town hall meeting to explore policy related to sanctuary cities. The event, Sanctuary Cities: State rules versus Local Control, is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Join the conversation about the experiences of military-connected families in transition. Free parking in the Cattleman Square (along Buena Vista Street). The event is free and open to the public.
Frio Street Building, Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406), Downtown Campus
School district superintendents and other district leaders responsible for bilingual and ESL programs' administration and accountability learn about cultural literacy, language, and diversity in the community.
Recruiters from across the STEM fields will be present with full-time, part-time and/or internship opportunities. Dress professional and bring plenty of resumes.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Recruiters from across all fields looking to hire students with all different majors will be present at this event looking to hire for their full-time and/or internship opportunities. Professional dress is required. Bring plenty of resumes.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Civic Engagement Summit is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase UTSA's commitment to civic engagement through a myriad of efforts by students, faculty and staff, highlighting the significant ways the university impacts the local community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The Department of Demography presents Dr. Rodolfo Cruz Peñeiro of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. His presentation is titled "Changes in the Migratory Dynamics of the Northern Mexican Border." This event is free and open to the public.
Monterrey Building, (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
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