(July 24, 2014) -- Rudy Reyna, who oversees the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) and TRIO programs at UTSA, received the Community Service Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), presented at the 2014 Business Awards Dinner on July 17.
"We are honored to recognize and congratulate these outstanding business leaders in our community," said SAHCC President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos, lauding nine honorees from different categories. "Their dedication to our city's economic well-being has helped develop San Antonio into the great city that it is."
A San Antonio native, Reyna graduated from South San Antonio High School before obtaining a bachelor's and doctorate from Texas A&M University, as well as a master's degree from Columbia University. As the executive director of PREP, Reyna heads a challenging academic program designed to motivate and prepare middle and high school students for success in advanced studies leading to careers in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Because of their historical underrepresentation in STEM fields, PREP provides special outreach to Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans and females.
Reyna also leads the federally funded TRIO programs, dedicated to helping first-generation, low-income students succeed in their precollege performance and higher education pursuits.
Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, said, "Dr. Reyna is an engaged member of the community, as he serves on various boards and committees aiming to better the lives of individuals and the community at large."
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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