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Alternative Spring Break: UTSA students can volunteer for service projects

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(Jan. 19, 2010)--The UTSA student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) and the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center will host three service trips for students during spring break. The volunteer work often is called "Alternative Spring Break."

Habitat for Humanity Amarillo (March 14-19): The trip is part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, a program that brings college students to sites all over the country to help build houses for people in need. The group will spend four and a half days onsite building and will explore the Texas Panhandle each evening.

HandsOn New Orleans (March 14-19): The New Orleans trip will include different projects each day. HandsOn came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and continues to help with recovery from the storm while tackling other social issues in the New Orleans area. During free time, the group will have time to enjoy the food and culture of the city.

Project San Antonio (March 15-19, daytime only): Each day, volunteers will serve a different community agency in San Antonio. On Friday, the group will celebrate their service with a social outing. Confirmed projects include San Antonio Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity San Antonio.

>> Applications are due Jan. 29 and are available in University Center Room 1.216 or University Center Room 2.01.04 on the Main Campus, or download an application at the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center Web site.

Applicants must be enrolled UTSA students in good standing with the university and must participate in an interview. Trip fees and additional details are on the application.

For more information, call 210-458-4770 or e-mail engaged@utsa.edu.

 

 

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For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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