(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.
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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