(Nov. 3, 2009)--On Friday, Oct. 30, the UTSA Campus Activities Board hosted the annual festival, BestFest, at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus, and the turnout was quite impressive.
More than 60 organizations participated this year and collectively they pulled in more than $5,600. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for UTSA student organizations. Each participating organization provided a booth with games or food and drink items.
One of the more popular booths was the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) information booth hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) with a steady line prompted by free UTSA t-shirts. The QEP is an important component for UTSA's reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.
Students crowded the booth for a chance to win prizes and show their knowledge of the QEP tagline, "Decide with Confidence," which was part of the QEP trivia contest.
Other popular booths included the Indian Cultural Association, who won the "Most Green Booth" award. The Orientation Leaders took first place in the booth-decorating contest, Alpha Phi Omega and Hispanic Scholarship Fund tied for second place and the Catholic Student Association finished third.
>> View a photo gallery of BestFest 2009 on the UTSA Today main page.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
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