(Jan. 5, 2010)--Eighteen offices within the UTSA Division of Student Affairs adopted 24 families and five seniors this holiday season. Three families were adopted through the UTSA Child Development Center and the other families and seniors were adopted through the Family Service Association Adopt-A-Family program.
Each office put its own spin and tradition into the service project. Campus Recreation created a challenge between student workers and professional staff to raise funds for the three families they adopted, and the students came out way ahead donating $474.02.
In other departments, each staff member adopted one family member and shopped for the needs and wants of the adopted family members. Many offices donated canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts. The women's basketball team and Ambassadors-in-Training also adopted families, affording our student leaders the opportunity to give back.
Gage Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs, said, "It's wonderful to see so many offices participate in this program. We often say UTSA makes a difference for the greater San Antonio community, and this is one way we do? a small thing in many ways, but so important for the families and individuals adopted."
Fourteen volunteers and eight packed cars and trucks delivered gifts to The Neighborhood Place on Dec. 17. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of more than 700 families in our community this year. This is the second year of the Student Affairs Adopt-a-Family service initiative.
To receive a monthly e-mail with service opportunities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center Web site to learn more about UTSA's volunteer efforts. For more information about the Family Service Association and the Adopt-a-Family program, visit family-service.org.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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