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Meet a Roadrunner: Alumna Lorena Herrera is first-year educator of year

Lorena Herrera

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(May 28, 2014) -- Meet Lorena Herrera. She recently was named the 2013-2014 Northside Independent School District First-Year Educator of the Year. A graduate of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Herrera was one of three teachers district-wide selected to receive an award in the First-Year Teacher category.

"I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing experience in my own education that drove me to work so hard as an educator today," said Herrera, a fourth grade teacher at Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School. "It feels so rewarding to know that my hard work since grade school and college has paid off."

In February, Herrera was selected by her peers as the First-Year Educator of the Year for Mead Elementary School. She was then nominated by the school's administration for the district-wide award.

"I am extremely proud of Lorena and of our Teacher Education program," said Karla Broadus, senior lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. "Lorena was a classroom discussion participator with relevant knowledge about her experience with ESL children in an educational setting. Personally, it is a motivator for me as an educator to know that the reading strategies taught were both absorbed and practiced."

Herrera graduated from UTSA in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Art in Interdisciplinary Studies degree. She credits her experience as a COEHD student to her success as an NISD educator.

"The knowledge of the professors has helped me the most in my first year," said Herrera. "Their experiences in all grade levels and classrooms around the country really stuck with me. I can recall many of Dr. Broadus's and Dr. Mari Cortez's stories of their experience teaching and have applied them in my classroom."

In the future, Herrera said she hopes to continue her education by earning a master's degree in educational leadership from UTSA.

"I have always loved learning, and the College of Education and Human Development helped grow that love," she said. "I have tried to spread that love of learning to my students. I encourage them to firmly believe they will go to college and remind them of that daily."


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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