(Aug. 28, 2013) -- Meet Zack Dunn. He's our current UTSA Student Government Association president and serves as the student voice of Roadrunner Nation.
Zack comes from a UTSA family. His mother was an employee of UTSA until 2009, and his sister, Alyssa Dunn, is currently a senior at UTSA.
In addition to the responsibilities that come with representing the student body on and off campus, Zack, a finance major, plays an active role in the UTSA Investment Society, one of the most robust student organizations in the UTSA College of Business.
We asked Zack to share his Top 5 Tips for new UTSA students:
1. Take pride in your university! That means attend university events when possible and DO NOT wear another school's shirt!
2. Get involved. Whether it's athletics, band, Greek Life, student organizations or academic organizations, there is a place for everyone to grow outside of the classroom here at UTSA.
3. Make it a point to talk to your teachers. They are genuinely interested in advancing your education.
4. Maintain a planner to make sure that you can attend all the events you want, be a part of the organizations you want and most importantly, maintain a strong hold on your academics and studies.
5. When possible, rent your textbooks over buying them.
Little known fact about Zack: He was on the varsity wrestling and football teams at San Antonio's Reagan High School.
Something surprising about Zack: He recently was crowned the winner of the Mr. What-A-Man Pageant, a scholarship pageant hosted by the UTSA Black Student Union chapter.
Why Zack loves UTSA: "I love UTSA so much because it is a place where any student can come, regardless of their background or experiences... and they can make a name for themselves. Here at UTSA, the faculty, staff, administration and even one's fellow students can all be relied upon to make one's respective collegiate career truly unique. I also like the fact that we are such a young campus. As opposed to campuses that have been around for many more years, this is a campus that is continually growing and reaching new platforms of success. To me, being apart of that progression is an incredible experience, as I get to play a part in making the traditions that future generations of roadrunners will get to enjoy and take part in!"
Do you know someone whose UTSA roots run deep? Email us at email@example.com and we will consider your submission for an upcoming installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
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.
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.
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.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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