(Oct. 9, 2013) -- Meet Tahlia Ashwood-Peart. She's used to being the youngest in the group.
Growing up with her grandmother, a passionate educator, Tahlia had the fortune of learning far more than the average toddler in day care or pre-K. Her grandmother convinced the school principal to give Tahlia a placement test to prove that she could perform equally alongside children two to four years her elder. At age three, she was transferred into kindergarten alongside five- and six-year-olds.
Today, a full-time computer engineering major at UTSA, Tahlia is just a few credits shy of being classified as a sophomore at age 16.
While she's understandably still deciding on career options, her heart is set on following in her mother's footsteps and serving her country in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation.
Currently a cadet in the Air Force ROTC at UTSA, she says the organization's core values of integrity, service and excellence drive her hunger for success.
"What I do know is that however far life takes me, all I want in the end is to be a positive influence on someone who had no one else to look toward in a time of need," she says. "I want to make my parents proud and pay gratitude to my grandmother who saw that spark in me so long ago. To this day, they continue to support me in whatever I choose to do. Whatever I'll do, I'll give it my best, and in the end that's all that counts."
When Tahlia is not in class or ROTC training, she works both as a junior development officer in UTSA's call center and as an assistant in the UTSA Annual Giving office, supporting the university's fundraising efforts.
Genevieve Lopez, assistant director of annual giving at UTSA and Tahlia's supervisor, is impressed with her character.
"Tahlia is an incredibly bright, talented and mature young woman," Lopez says. "She juggles many responsibilities and makes it all look so easy."
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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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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