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Top photo (from left): Fred Sleezer (MPC Gateway account
executive), Robert Ruiz (laptop award recipient), and John McGowan
(UTSA CIO and vice provost for information technology)
Bottom photo: Sandy Acevedo (family friend), Clarissa Castro
(recipient's girlfriend), Ruiz and Mary Ann Ruiz (recipient's mother)

Robert Ruiz wins laptop award for academic success

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Feb. 1, 2008)--Robert Ruiz, a December UTSA graduate of the bachelor of science program in kinesiology, is the Fall 2007 winner of the UTSA Office of Information Technology Laptop Award -- the eighth in the Gateway computer award program.

A Gateway laptop computer and an award certificate were presented to Ruiz at a recent ceremony by John McGowan, UTSA CIO and vice provost for information technology, and Fred Sleezer, MPC Gateway account executive.

As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Ruiz credits his academic success at UTSA to the ongoing support of his family and friends -- and his personal determination. At UTSA, he was a UTSA Ambassador, a member of the Kinesiology and Health Society, and a competitor in intramural sports.

A participant in TRIO in high school, Ruiz was employed by the program while attending UTSA. The TRIO Programs help low-income, first-generation college students earn college degrees. According to Ruiz, TRIO opened his eyes to college opportunities and other resources for success in life.

"Robert impressed the selection committee with his participation in organizations, along with his record of employment and academic achievement," said Cynthia Rodriguez, director of the Academic Development Program in the UTSA Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success. "The committee was impressed that he gave back to TRIO by working there as he also worked toward his degree."

ADP students are initially accepted at UTSA as provisional students; ADP helps the students achieve success through academic skills training. A committee selects ADP students with GPAs of 2.50 and above as award finalists. Finalists submit resumes detailing their academic and work experience and their UTSA involvement.

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