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A message from Dr. Gage Paine
H1N1 vaccines being offered
UTSA Community plans MLK celebration
2010 Homecoming and Family Weekend
6th Annual UTSA Family of the Year Award
Alternative Spring Break
University Career Center Spring Events

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

UC Cinema Nights
January 15, 2010
Friday Nights, Celestal Nights
January 15, 2010
San Antonio MLK March
January 18, 2010
ITC presents:"Race: Are we so Different"
January 23-May 16, 2010
VOICES Volunteer Opportunities Fair
February 3, 2010
College of Engineering Expo
February 17, 2010
2010 Homecoming
February 19-20, 2010
Health Professions Fair
March 3, 2010
Spring Career Fair
March 3, 2010

 

UTSA Family Fund
Thank you to all that gave to the Family Fund this year! This is a significant time, as you are the first parents to begin a culture of giving at UTSA. The Fund has raised over $8,000 in donations and pledges. This will directly impact campus life, scholarships and student services.  For those still planning to give a tax-deductible gift, please click here for a direct link to UTSA Giving and choose the Family Fund. Every gift is meaningful to UTSA.

 

Letter from Gage Paine

Gage Paine
Hunting for the Perfect Major

Early in my second semester of college, I began to realize that French major was not going to work. So, I went hunting through the catalog for something to major in. Luckily for me, I found the perfect major - Letters.

‘What in the world is a major in Letters?’ you might be asking.  A perfectly reasonable question since no one has ever heard of it, but it was a great degree for me.  I loved it and I was good at it.  Several years later my older daughter decided she couldn’t dissect anything, meaning a degree in biology was out of the question.  One day, during her own hunt for a major, she told me she was doing extra problems from the back of her calculus textbook.  When I asked her why, she said she liked it, she was good at it, and it was fun.  While the idea that calculus could ever be fun was a foreign concept to me, I recognized the ingredients from my own and countless other students’ perfect majors and suggested math as a major.  She asked what she could do with a math major and my response was anything you want to do.

Some of you and your students are already in the middle of these conversations.  Sometimes the discussion is spurred by first semester grades.  Or perhaps your student took a course and found out that the major was different from what they envisioned.  Regardless of the cause, the second semester is a time for many students to be thinking about changing their major or choosing one for the first time.  I write to encourage you not to stress about the major too much.  Except for some specialized fields like engineering and architecture, the major is less important than the skills students learn while they are in college.   An article in the New York Times cited a recent survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities asking employers what they want institutions to teach. “…89 percent said they wanted more emphasis on ‘the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,’ 81 percent asked for better ‘critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills’ and 70 percent were looking for ‘the ability to innovate and be creative.’”  Susan Dollar, Director of UTSA’s Career Center, says that is exactly what they hear from employers and, more importantly, they see it in the way employers hire. 

What major students pick is not critical.  What is critical is that they decide on a major that engages them.  Then they are more likely to do well and to learn those skills that employers care about and look for when they hire.  The reality is that students graduating today will find great careers in jobs they never dreamed of which makes it hard to choose the perfect major for a job.

By the way, my daughter majored in math and psychology and is running her own landscaping business.  And that degree in Letters?  It required that I take classes in literature, philosophy, and history, and to have taken a modern language and a classical language.  It turns out that is a perfect major for a university administrator, a job that never would have occurred to me oh so many semesters ago when I was hunting for the perfect major.
-Gage Paine

Cited article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/education/edlife/03careerism-t.html?em=&pagewanted=all

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   H1N1 Vaccines are being offered

H1N1 VaccinesWith a new wave of the flu season upon us, the UTSA community is encouraged to receive their H1N1 vaccination through Health Services.  Students can receive the shot free of charge, while others will be charged $5.  A Main Campus clinic was held January 13th and a Downtown Campus clinic will be held on the 20th.   Those unable to attend a clinic session can still receive the vaccine on a walk-in basis at UTSA Health Services.  Please visit the links below for more information:

 UTSA Today article: http://utsa.edu/today/2010/01/h1n1clinics.html
UTSA Health Services:
http://utsa.edu/health/

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  UTSA Community Plans MLK Celebration

The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center invites the community to participate in the Martin Luther King Day March on Monday, January 18th in downtown San Antonio. The center has chartered two buses that will leave from the Convocation Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m., to take marchers to the site. The university will be closed on January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Please contact the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center (210-458-4770) for the latest information regarding the MLK March itinerary.  

Participants of the 2009 MLK March

 

Participants of the 2009 MLK March


Did you know?  San Antonio consistently holds the largest march in the United States!  Visit the official MLK March website at: http://www.sanantonio.gov/mlk/default.aspx

 



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 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Mark your calendars!  The 2010 Homecoming and Family Weekend events are just around the corner.  Everyone should be on campus February 19th -20th for what is sure to be an exciting weekend of Tradition-Spirit-Pride.  This annual celebration gives alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff a chance to come together for an assortment of fun filled activities.  It all leads up to the Roadrunner basketball game on the evening of February 20th.  It will be a “Bearkat Beatdown”, as the Roadrunners take on Sam Houston State for the Homecoming game.  The following events will take place during the weekend:
UTSA Homecoming 2010
Thursday, February 18th         
Where’s Rowdy?- Campus Scavenger Hunt             
Golf cart Decorating Party                                        

Friday, February 19th
Homecoming Golf Cart Parade
Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, February 20th
Homecoming Golf Scramble
Homecoming Luncheon
“Come and Go” Photo Shoot
Pregame Tailgate Party
Men’s Basketball Game
After Party and Dance

Beginning January 19th, please visit the UTSA Homecoming page at: www.utsa.edu/homecoming, for the latest information regarding times and locations. 

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6th Annual UTSA Family of the Year Award

The Family of the Year Award, is an essay contest open to all UTSA students.  The university recognizes that without families, great institutions are not possible. UTSA needs families to prepare students to meet the challenges of higher education and provide support throughout their undergraduate career. While most consider “support” as financial assistance, UTSA understands it comes in many other forms. Current students are encouraged to submit a nomination by crafting an essay on how their family has influenced and inspired them to achieve their academic and personal goals. The winning family will be honored by UTSA President Romo at halftime of the Homecoming basketball game.  Prizes will also be awarded to the family. 

The essay contest will be open from January 20th – February 14th.  Please visit www.utsa.edu/family/foy for a complete list of guidelines. 

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 Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring BreakVOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service) and The Inclusion & Community Engagement Center are hosting three service trips for students this spring break:

Habitat for Humanity Amarillo (March 14-19): This trip is part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, a program that brings college students to sites all over the country to help build houses for people in need. The group will spend four and a half days on site building and will explore the Texas Panhandle each evening.

HandsOn New Orleans (March 14-19): The New Orleans trip will consist of different projects each day. HandsOn came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and continues to help with recovery from the storm while tackling other social issues in the New Orleans area. During free time, the group will have the opportunity to enjoy the food and culture of the city!

Project San Antonio (March 15-19, day time only): Each day this week, volunteers will serve a different community agency in San Antonio. Friday the group will celebrate their service with a social outing in town. Confirmed projects include San Antonio Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity San Antonio.

Student applications are due January 29th and can be found in UC 1.216, UC 2.01.04 or at www.utsa.edu/ice/vs. Applicants must be enrolled UTSA students in good standing with the University, and all applicants must participate in an interview. Trip fees and additional details can be found on the application. For more information call 458-4770 or email engaged@utsa.edu.

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UC Events

College of Engineering Expo

February 17, 2010. 2 PM -5:30 PM

BSE Atrium

Health Professions Fair (for those of you considering a move into a health profession)

March 3, 2010.  10 AM – 2 PM

UC Lobby

Spring Career Fair

March 3, 2010. 2 PM – 6 PM

UC Ballroom

College of Architecture Fair

March 11, 2010. Time TBD

Monterey Building, DT Campus

College of Science Career Expo

March 25, 2010. 2PM – 5:30PM

BSE Atrium

College of Liberal & Fine Arts Career Expo

March 31, 2010. 8 AM – 12 PM

UC III Ballroom

Educator Career Fair

April 8, 2010. 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Convocation Center

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