(Jan. 29, 2014) -- Meet Roxanne Bowman. Next summer, many San Antonians will pack their suitcases for a week at the beach, or maybe a weekend venture to the Texas Hill Country, but not Bowman. She will be taking a much longer trip, a trip not for relaxation, but to help the community in a Third World country.
For a month this summer, the May 2012 graduate of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, will travel to Cambodia to work with the New Hope Volunteers HIV/AIDS Project, a worldwide volunteering program.
"It has always been a dream of mine to do something like this," said Bowman, who works full-time at the City of San Antonio's HIV/AIDS department.
According to the World Health Organization, of the 34 million people worldwide living with HIV, 76,000 are Cambodian.
Bowman will educate Cambodians about HIV and also will perform HIV tests. She also will work with HIV/AIDS-infected children, ages two to 18, in local orphanages alongside local doctors, nurses and other New Hope volunteers.
Bowman says UTSA played a major role in her passion for the study of infectious diseases and her desire to give back.
"I really want to make a difference in someone's life, whether it is in San Antonio or any other city in the world," Bowman said. "I want to bring back important lessons learned from the patients and workers in Cambodia. My hope is that my work inspires someone to change their behavior, to get tested and to educate others about HIV/AIDS."
>> For more information about Bowman's trip or to donate, visit the Volunteer Forever website.
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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