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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA alumnus Mark Carmona is dedicated to helping others

Mark Carmona

UTSA alumnus Mark Carmona

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(Nov. 13, 2013) -- Meet Mark Carmona, E.M.B.A., '07. He has dedicated his professional career to helping others.

Taking on his biggest challenge yet, Carmona was named president and chief executive officer of Haven for Hope in January.

"This work is a calling for me," said Carmona. "I like to work at a grassroots level with people and see how they can transform with assistance. I get to go into work every day and help someone."

With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit social services field, Carmona began exploring graduate programs to assist in his calling. After much research, he selected UTSA's Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) program.

"The program spoke to me," said Carmona. "The E.M.B.A. provided me with a toolkit in finance, accounting and economics, but the ideological focus was on leadership. I could take back what I was learning and immediately use it in the workplace."

And, the skills he learned in the E.M.B.A. are serving him well at Haven for Hope. Carmona's bookshelf is still lined with binders and textbooks from the graduate program, and he says he refers to them almost daily.

"We learned about alignment, adaptability and agility," he said. "We also studied shared decision making and reasoning. Aligning focus is critical to building strategic relationships with 38 different on-site agencies."

Haven for Hope provides residential housing, case management services and educational and vocational training for the homeless in Bexar County.

While Carmona admits this type of work is not for everyone, he relishes going to work every day and offering residents a hand up, not a hand out.

"At Haven, people can transform, regain their lives and become contributing members of society," he said.

Looking to the future, Carmona hopes to employ his business acumen to expand services for graduates off-site and to evaluate the effectiveness of this model.

"Founder Bill Greehey built the business model that serves as the engine for Haven. My goal is to continue building on that model and to expand services for our residents."


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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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