The ICE Chest
Volume 1, Issue 7
Ann Margaret Trujillo
UTSA United to Serve – April 4, 2009
Deadline to sign up Thursday April 2
The 5th annual United to Serve, an event that brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends in service to the greater San Antonio community, will take place Saturday April 4, 2009. UTSA’s United to Serve event is one of many projects taking place at Texas universities as part of the UT System’s United to Serve initiative.
Individuals and groups are invited to sign up online beginning March 4, 2009 by visiting UTSA United to Serve Registration. Fourteen different projects are posted with 15-50 volunteer spots available at each. Projects range from a painting project with Boys Town, to volunteering with a tennis tournament benefitting Any Baby Can, to helping sort donations at Goodwill, and many more!
All participants will receive a t-shirt, and will be invited to a volunteer recognition event during National Volunteer Appreciation Week later in the month of April. United to Serve is sponsored by the Office of the President, The Inclusion & Community Engagement Center, and Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education & Service (VOICES). For more information please contact the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center at 458-4770.
Be a part of the tradition!
It’s Tea time! The Inclusion and Community Engagement Center is ready for the Asian Tea Party, scheduled to be the First Friday event for April!
Come taste a variety of different teas from various regions of Asia!
Come check out our growing resource library. Whether you are doing research or just looking for a great book on leadership, volunteerism, or a culture other than your own; come and check out your choice of books.
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Need to Chill?
Then “Come N Chill” with the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center on April 3, 2009 as we help celebrate First Friday. This month First Friday will focus on an important cultural element in Asian culture, Tea! Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world only behind water, has been consumed for thousands of years, and there are literally hundreds of varieties and flavors. The ICE Center will be sampling Tea from different regions in Asia as well as offering fortune cookies in the UC Paseo from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Make sure to come by and sample a rich part of tradition and history.
*First Friday is the ICE Center’s version of the monthly First Friday events held in the arts district of San Antonio. First Friday at UTSA is an opportunity for students to unwind and celebrate being a student.
Volunteer Opportunity Highlight
United Way Kid’s Day in the Park on April 18, 2009 is in need of volunteers for a free, fun day that is geared towards families in the community with children up to ten years old. At the event there will be entertainment, food, and informational and activity booths.
To find out about more volunteer opportunities visit Volunteer Services.
FIESTA SAN ANTONIO
Did you know that Fiesta San Antonio is a celebration commemorating a significant occurrence in Texas history?
It’s true! Fiesta San Antonio has its beginnings in a tradition started in 1891 commemorating the Battle of San Jacinto and the heroes from the Alamo. The Battle of San Jacinto was the battle fought in 1836 against General Santa Ana and the Mexican Forces. The battle lasted all of eighteen minutes and Texas’ victory paved the way for Texas to become its own independent country (from Mexico).
The first Battle of Flowers parade in 1891 had horse-drawn carriages, bicycles decorated with fresh flowers and floats carrying children dressed as flowers. The Belknap Rifles represented the military. The participants pelted each other with blossoms.
To learn more about the historical significance and traditions of Fiesta San Antonio, please follow this link:
There are events, in addition to the Battle of Flowers that also have historical significance. Here is a list of those events:
San Jacinto Victory Celebration ~ April 18 10:00 a.m. in front of the Alamo
Pilgrimage to the Alamo ~ April 20 4:00 p.m. Alamo Plaza
Battle of Flowers Parade ~ April 24 12:45 p.m. (see link for details)
For a listing of other Fiesta San Antonio events and details on the events listed above, please follow this link:
One final fact: UTSA sponsors two official Fiesta San Antonio events – don’t miss them! They are:
Fiesta UTSA ~ April 17 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. ~ Sombrilla (Main Campus)
Fiesta Under the Stars ~ April 24 ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ UC Ballroom (Main Campus); this is a ticketed event. See the above link for information.