UTSA VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), hosted, for the 15th year, the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. An educational dining experiences emphasizing factual life income in three tiers (high-income, middle income, and low-income). This year 183 student, faculty, and staff participated in the experiential program.
UTSA faculty encouraged their students to attend and as a result students enrolled in the First Year Experience Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (AIS) course, Social Problems, Nutrition, and many more participated in the event. This year the AIS course is focusing on Food Deserts, areas that are in urban environments, which make it difficult for members of the community to purchase affordable or good- quality fresh food. The OXFAM Hunger Banquet this year correspondingly concentrated on different types of hunger ranging from senior hunger to rural and suburban hunger.
The interactive section of the event was touching, when true life occurrences changed the income level of the participants, (high income participant loses their job and now lives in low income). There were moments during the banquet in which students from different income tiers shared food with one from different income levels. Guest speaker Dough Ewers, UTSA Alumni 14' and Food and Drive Coordinator from the San Antonio Food Bank shared information about hunger in San Antonio and Texas – which is the third hungriest state in the nation.
VOICES is helping the San Antonio Food Bank meet their 1million pounds goal to help feed the South West Texas area. Please drop off any donations to the Volunteer Services Office (HUC 1.216) by November 24. For more information on contact The Student Center for Community Engagement or Inclusion or for service projects contact Volunteer Services (210) 458-7291.
In collaboration between the Office of International Programs, the College of Business International, University Center Programs, Delta Xi Nu, and the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, Celebrate International is the largest international event at UTSA. This year, it gave a different type of attention to our international and cultural student presence by hosting international foods, a cultural fashion show, cultural dance performances, information sharing, and, of course, free T-shirts!
Celebrate International had a variety of free tastings of international foods for students to enjoy. The most popular items included the Nutella Crepes (France), the Tatsutage fried chicken (China), and the Poutine (Canada).
Student performances were definitely a popular highlight of this year's event. Organizations that performed included the African Student Association, the Japanese Club, the Hispanic Stu-dent Association, Delta Xi Nu and the Black Student Union. Last-ly, students lined up for t-shirt giveaways, and this year a little over 500 t-shirts were given away!
The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Berenice Jaramillo as Roadrunner of the Month. She was nominated by Katiuzca Loaiza, graduate assistant for volunteer services.
Jaramillo is from Granbury, Texas, where she graduated from Granbury High School. She is a UTSA senior studying biology. With her degree, Jaramillo hopes to attend the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She aspires to travel to countries that lack medical facilities and provide services to those in need. As vice president of the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Jaramillo has demonstrated leader-ship through her efforts as fundraising coordinator, raising funds for the organization on campus and with out-side agencies.
She displays the Roadrunner spirit as membership director for Roadrunner Productions, where she encourages UTSA students to be engaged in campus life. Jaramillo also educates students about the importance of volunteer work as an essential aspect of the UTSA community.
According to Loaiza,
"Berenice is not an ordinary student. She is involved in many committees and organizations that support volunteering, engagement and diversity on campus. Her leadership is not defined by words, but through her actions."
"For me, leadership is defined as having the integrity to do the right thing when no one is watching," said Jaramillo. "A leader should be passionate about the projects in which they participate and always have a positive attitude in every situation. Leadership does not mean that the leader must have a position with a title, but someone who sets an example that others will follow."
The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.
Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award: