Mentor Spotlight

Diana Dimitriu

Area of Study: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Mentor since May, 2016

Diana wanted to become a mentor because she wanted to get more involved in campus. RTE allowed her to share her knowledge and help students with struggles that can be very frustrating. Diana was chosen as mentor spotlight because she is paving the way for women in STEM and is living proof that hard work does pay off! Diana fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer when she interned for NASA!

Mentee Spotlight

Julie Contreras

Area of Study: Biology – Neurology

Mentee since February, 2016

Julie is an active mentee that transferred to UTSA from the University of Denver. She joined RTE with a goal of becoming more involved on campus. She has since blossomed into a social, successful, and autonomous student involved in many campus organizations. She has learned valuable stress management tactics to keep her sane with her rigorous course load. She has her sights set on medical school and is excited at all the possibilities that can come from a career as a doctor.

Cody Dunlap

By Mailaine Patton

Enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard, Geography

Mentor since Feb. 2016

Cody Dunlap was sent to Houston to help with the Hurricane Harvey Relief.
He was tasked with setting up an area of operation in a mall parking lot; from there he performed small tasks like passing out water to larger tasks like rescuing stranded civilians as part of a boat rescue team.

Cody says that helping hurricane victims in person allows you to get to see their situation up close in person – and it hits you. This is going to take a lot of money to rebuild the city, and it will never be the same. There will be opportunities to help out for months, even years. Cody says a lot of people are donating money, but being so close to Houston the biggest impact we can make is to find a local organization and volunteer.

The picture on the right demonstrates Lt. Zachary West/ 100th MPAD aiding citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms.

Fitness Friday!

By Mailaine Patton

In the beginning of March, RTE Mentor Richard Robles started a new initiative called Fitness Friday. With finals and summer just around the corner what better way to distress and burn calories than having fun with your RTE friends and mentors? We meet every Friday at 4pm in the Campus Recreational Center for an hour of cardio! Everyone is welcome and all levels of fitness! This is a judgment free zone where you can work at your own pace.


RTE visits the Emergency Oxygen Course at the Rec

By Mailaine Patton

Mentors Isis Burks (Kinesology major) and Mailaine Patton (Biology major) were certified in Emergency Oxygen through the campus recreational center. This course teaches the skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency. They learned to use breathing devices such as the resuscitation mask and bag-valve mask resuscitators. Both mentors decided to complete the course to strengthen their resumes.

The course is 2 hours in length with a $20.00 fee for students.

The course requires an 80% passing score on the certification test at the end (though 2 tries are allowed). Upon course completion and passing, you receive a digital certificate from the Red Cross a week later through email. Each certificate includes a unique ID and QR code, meeting employment requirements.

The next opportunity to take the course is March 24! Sign up at the front desk of the Campus Recreation Center or visit them online here!

Steak n Shake now on campus!

By Mailaine Patton

In 1934, Steak ‘n Shake pioneered the concept of a ‘better burger’, by hand-crafting cuts of steak to create its flagship Steakburgers™. Since then, the brand has become one of the most recognized and loyal brands in the restaurant franchising business, synonymous with freshness and quality. Under the ownership of Biglari Holdings, Steak ‘n Shake has succeeded in attaining exceptional, industry-leading financial results.

Want to try someplace new to eat this week? What better way to treat yourself after a long day of studying then a hand-dipped milkshake!

Stake ‘n Shake opened a new location on our campus since Spring 2017.


Rec Demo Kitchen

Mailaine Patton

Want to learn how to cook? Looking for healthier options in the kitchen? Come take part in a kitchen demonstration hosted by Steve Kudika and learn step by step how to make delicious, healthy meals. RTE mentor Mailaine and mentee Andrea attended last week and learned how to make baked chicken mac n cheese bites. Both had lots of fun and agreed they would definitely go again!

Kitchen demonstrations happen at 6pm at the Campus Rec Center every other week.

The next demonstration is March 2 and will be how to make sushi! RSVP early, spots fill up quick!


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