Points of Pride for September 7 - 20, 2013

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Friday, 09 20 2013

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September 7-20, 2013
Outstanding news and highlights around campus...

A profile on leadership

The City of San Antonio features greatly respected business leaders, founders of major companies, and exceptional managers and CEOs in their new online video series, Business Leader Profile Videos. Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier shares her personal leadership philosophy in the latest feature by the City. Discover her advice to future leaders here.

A&M-San Antonio part of future passenger rail

Texas A&M-San Antonio continues to be highlighted as the anchor for a regional rail passenger line between San Antonio and north Austin. The Main Campus, situated off of Loop 410 S between Zarzamora and Moursund, is well situated near existing standard speed rail tracks. Attorney Tullos Wells, who is vice chair of the Lone Star Rail District, projects the rail could switch from freight to passenger as soon as five to seven years. Read more on WOAI.

Constitution Day 2013: Why would people confess to a crime they didn't commit?

The date of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America, September 17, 1787, is celebrated across the country. The University Library, Phi Alpha Theta and the Pre-Law Society chose to mark the occasion with a viewing of the challenging film "The Central Park Five." The discussion that followed featured a web panel with universities across the country with acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, giving students the opportunity to ask tough questions about the role of false confessions in wrongful convictions.

Psychology series kicks off

The Fall 2013 Psychology Speaker Series launched on September 19 to a crowd of interested psychology students who came to hear guest lecturer, Dr. John P. Gomez, professor of psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. He guided students through a look at "Preparing for Graduate Studies: The OLLU Psychology Experiment." The Psychology Speaker Series will continue with lectures in October and November.

Scholarships of HOPE

Congratulations to biology student Savannah Villanueva, who accepted a scholarship for $1,250 from the Hispanic Organization for Public Employees (HOPE) at the 10th Annual Tribute to Hispanic Heritage dinner. Savannah received special applause for being HOPE's youngest scholarship recipient. At only 16 years old, Savannah already has her associate's degree after graduating from the Travis Early College High School program in May 2013; she plans to go to medical school and become an oncologist. Alfonso Vasquez, who was unable to attend, received a HOPE scholarship as well. Both students also received matching scholarships from the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation.

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Biology major Savannah Villanueva (center) accepted matching scholarships from HOPE and the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation on September 19.