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Meet a Roadrunner: Laurel Village resident assistant enjoys helping students transform

Michael Pinnell

Michael Pinnell

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(Aug. 27, 2014) -- Meet Michael Pinnell. The 24-year-old computer engineering major from Austin is responsible for supervising about 40 students as a resident assistant (RA) in Laurel Village.

Pinnell initially moved to San Antonio to follow his high school sweetheart, but after that relationship ended, he stayed and fell in love with the campus community and the Alamo City.

When new financial burdens struck, Pinnell's friend informed him about leadership opportunities and the financial benefits of serving as a resident assistant.

As an RA for the last two semesters, Pinnell has worked at least one night a week at the front desk of Laurel Village. In addition to the desk duty, he is often on-call, assisting residents at all hours of the night. Requests range from resolving personal conflicts and assisting new students who are having trouble managing academic demands to opening locked residences.

"I've enjoyed the opportunities I have had to prove myself as both a mentor and team player," said Pinnell. "It has been great to work with wonderful and motivated residents and colleagues from all different walks of life and to witness how they have grown and changed."

In the future, Pinnell plans to return to Austin to search for a programming job with a local start-up business to build on his work experience. Eventually he would like to move to San Francisco to work and pursue a doctoral degree so he can teach courses in artificial intelligence.


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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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