Tuesday, October 06, 2015


UTSA Commencement Close-Up: Kathlene Hurt, College of Engineering

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(Dec. 13, 2013) -- Meet Kathlene Hurt. She's had so many amazing opportunities as an undergraduate computer engineering student at UTSA, she's decided to stick around for a little while longer.

Hurt will graduate this month with a B.S. in computer engineering and start right back at it again as a master's student in computer engineering this spring. Once she finishes graduate school, her goal is to have a career as a processor architect at a company like Samsung. Down the road, she may pursue her love for teaching and research by becoming a college professor. She sees infinite potential in academia.

"The changes I've seen over the four years I've been [at UTSA] have been huge including all the research funding I've been personally impacted by. It's really great to see we're becoming Tier One," she said.

Hurt serves as president of the UTSA chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society recognizing personal, academic and professional excellence among electrical and computer engineers around the country. She also heads the Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Lounge, which ensures that any student is able to get tutoring assistance.

One piece of advice that has made a big impact on her life was to take advantage of every opportunity.

"Don't pass anything up," she says. "Even if you fail and it is a disappointment, at least you went for it. Some of the best experiences I've had at UTSA have been kind of a risk going in, but it ended up being worth it."

Electrical and computer engineering professor Eugene John has served as one of Hurt's research mentors during her undergraduate years at UTSA and will continue as her graduate adviser.

"I have seen Kathlene transform from an undergraduate student to a serious researcher," said John. "She is a very hard-working, intelligent, motivated and determined student. In fact, she is one of the best undergraduate students I have ever taught here at UTSA. It will be a joy to have Kathlene as one of my graduate students."


Do you know a fascinating UTSA student who is planning to graduate in May 2014? Share that story with us at news@utsa.edu.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main 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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