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Funny man on campus explores the art of improv
It’s a Friday night, and in a small room located in the basement of a burger joint you’ll find Brennan Loy, a UTSA student, working the mic with the comedy troupe, Alamo City Improv.
“The scholarship just made it so much easier for me to succeed,” says Brennan, a communications major. “It’s allowed me not to have to work during the school year so I’ve been able to take up opportunities that don’t pay as much but are educational.”
For Brennan, 21, the chance to learn the art of improv was made possible by Mary E. McKinney, a former school teacher who established the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Distinguished Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for students working to complete their degrees.
During his time at UTSA, the McKinney Scholarship has also allowed Brennan the opportunity to gain real-world experience in communications. He has interned in the Office of External Relations at UTSA, and the Magik Theater, where he currently holds the position of marketing and public relations intern.
“I’m very grateful for the freedom that the scholarship has given me,” says Brennan, who hopes of working in public relations one day. “Because of improv, presentations are actually fun now because I know how not to be boring and how to entertain people.”
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