(April 9, 2014) -- Meet Andrew Garcia. Much of his teenage years consisted of an existence in and out of juvenile detention centers and on probation for various criminal offense violations. At age 18, a judge recommended he pursue a G.E.D. and try and get his life in order. Garcia followed the judge's advice and thus began a new lease on life.
He enrolled at Alamo Colleges, and to his surprise, found himself embracing, learning and enjoying catching up on the knowledge he missed as a youth.
He completed two successful years and transferred to UTSA, where he became fascinated with the field of communication. Garcia decided to pursue a degree in public relations with a minor in nonprofits.
The new Roadrunner joined the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and made great friends, He became a major contributor to the organization and earned a position as a member of one of the PRSSA boards.
Additionally, Garcia has maintained a 3.0 GPA and assisted as a volunteer with the Fiesta Commission. The 25-year-old also enjoys assisting others in various capacities whenever called upon.
Garcia credits his success to the support of the communication faculty who took the time to meet one-on-one with him and have shown their support for him throughout his long educational journey.
Sallyanne Holtz, an adjunct professor of communication, calls him "one of the nicest, most caring and dedicated students" she has known over her nine-year career at UTSA.
"No matter what obstacles are in your way or whatever background you come from, everyone is special, and everyone is capable of getting whatever they want out of life, if they set their goals and set their mind to achieving those goals," said Garcia. "There are plenty of people in your department or at the university that are willing to help and point you in the right direction or provide the direction you need, if you just ask."
Garcia will walk the stage in May to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree. He plans to continue at UTSA with a graduate degree in the nonprofit or communication fields.
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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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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