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UTSA ROTC cadet Patrick Anderson ranked nationally in top 10

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(Nov. 19, 2012) -- UTSA Army ROTCs Patrick S. Anderson has been ranked one of the top 10 senior cadets in the United States, according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command Order of Merit List.

The ranking includes all seniors across the country and names the top 20 percent as Distinguished Military Graduates. It measures senior cadets according to their academic strengths, athletic prowess in the Army Physical Fitness Test, and overall performance in ROTC and the Leader Development and Assessment course.

"It's his character, determination and hard work -- knowing what's expected of him -- which makes him such a strong leader and student," said Executive Officer Maj. Benjamin McMahon.

According to McMahon, UTSA's ROTC program is recognized as one of the top three in Texas, and Anderson's accomplishment is a testament to that.

A UTSA business major, Anderson has been on active duty for seven years. He is stationed at Fort Sam Houston and enrolled at UTSA as a result of its geographic proximity and the strength of its ROTC program.

"UTSA has an excellent ROTC program," said Anderson, "And, its being so close to Fort Sam and other military bases makes it very competitive. There are many cadets with military experience and training."

The cadet hopes to work in the medical field in administrative management. "In 10 years, I see him as a battalion commander or lieutenant colonel," said McMahon. "Really, there is no limit to what he can do."

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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