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Meet a Roadrunner: Nathanael Holliday, UTSA alumnus, University College

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(May 15, 2013) -- Meet Nathanael Holliday. He's one of UTSA's newest alums.

While an undergrad, the Air Force veteran was an avid student of American history.

But, outside the classroom, Holliday was better known for his skills in audio engineering and electronic music production. His unique musical repertoire includes blends such as "The Feast," "Space Mass," "Urban Birds," a cover of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here…" and "Serendipity." The electronic mixes, which can be heard at the Sound Cloud and Reverbnation websites, are characterized by sounds of nature.

Through the UTSA Multidisciplinary Studies program, Holliday customized a degree plan to his unique strengths. The program allows undergrads to combine courses from three subject areas, provided one is offered through the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Students take six courses in the first focus area and five courses in the subsequent disciplines. He pursued a customized degree program with concentrations in history, music and French.

Holliday now intends to pursue a law degree and a Ph.D. in history, endeavors which are no surprise to Kristi Meyer, whom he worked with in the UTSA Graduation Initiatives office.

"As an employee, Nathanael demonstrated a keen attention to detail, and he really took the time to think through tasks in order to cover all potential challenges and obstacles," said Meyer. "He applied this same kind of critical thinking and careful planning to his school work, which is why he was such a successful student. He is exactly the kind of student, and worker, who is making UTSA such a great place. "

Do you know a UTSA student with a great success story? Email us at social@utsa.edu, and we will consider your submission for the next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.

 

 

Did You Know?

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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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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