(Dec. 25, 2013) -- Meet H. Drew Galloway. After studying wine in Europe, he decided to give back to the community through civic engagement.
A UTSA Honors College student and a participant in the college's leadership program, Galloway is working toward a bachelor's in public administration in the College of Public Policy with a minor in legal studies.
Raised around local politics near Augusta, Ga., where his grandfather was a county commissioner, Galloway says he felt all along that he belonged in the public sector.
With family in the area, he moved to San Antonio and earned an associate degree in one year at San Antonio College, where he participated with 30 other honors government students in a Mock Legislature in the Texas House of Representatives. Last year, Galloway completed a nine-month public policy internship with Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.
"I learned so much, and it was an incredible experience because I was able to research policy and work with constituents," said Galloway.
He came to UTSA this fall, and public administration was the perfect fit. He plans to earn his bachelor's degree by December 2014, moving toward a master's in public affairs and a law degree. He hopes to go to Washington, D.C., to serve in a federal government internship program next fall. When he finishes his studies, he plans to work in administrative law and city management.
Galloway credits Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, with inspiration and expert guidance in his UTSA endeavors.
"Dr. Romero's Senior Seminar designed the local public meeting on salaries for city council members, 'To Pay or Not to Pay,'" he says. "The students and faculty here are really engaged, and there is such a sense of community, culture and interaction with citizens."
He recently was awarded the J. Rolando Bono Scholarship by the Urban Management Association of South Texas (UMAST). Usually going to a graduate student, the scholarship is among other UMAST programs supporting professional development for those interested in the public sector.
"I'm really enjoying UTSA," said Galloway. "Although it's a big university, it feels like a small campus. I always feel that I can walk into my professors' offices and discuss new ideas about governance and civic engagement. That is what makes UTSA special."
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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
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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