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UTSA Roadrunner of the Month is Charnelle Thompson


UTSA student Charnelle Thompson

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(March 20, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Charnelle Thompson as Roadrunner of the Month for February 2013. Thompson was nominated by fellow UTSA student leaders Tanita Wiley and Justina Williams.

A UTSA senior studying mathematics, Thompson is from Houston, Texas, where she graduated from Lamar High School. With her degree in hand, she plans to help provide educational resources and opportunities in underserved areas of Houston, including working with youth empowerment and enrichment programs

As the president of Black Student Union, Thompson is an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. Last fall, she coordinated and led student efforts in the voter registration drive, which contributed to UTSA having the second highest voter turnout on a college campus in the nation. According to her nominators, "Charnelle exemplifies leadership on campus through her dedication, hard work and caring spirit."

Thompson recently worked closely with the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and the Black History Planning Committee to re-establish the Black Heritage Banquet. Her effort and determination helped the banquet sell a record number of tickets, book the guest speaker and implement a successful event.

"Leadership means inclusivity to me. Being a strong leader is not the ability to be followed by many, but it's what you are led by," said Thompson. "It's the ability to work with and for something that is far greater than you are. It's the role you play amongst the many other roles that are needed to adhere to the bigger picture."

The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

>> Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.



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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