(Feb. 18, 2010)--More than 150 middle and high school students who were eager to learn visited the UTSA Downtown Campus on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the G-Force Leadership Summit. The students will serve as peer mentors at schools across the city, along with 24 college students participating in the G-Force work-study program.
The summit included sessions on financial Aid, personal portfolio building, College 101, designing G-Force events and more. Summit participants will share what they learned with peers on their home campuses to encourage others to pursue a higher education. The event was hosted by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Office of Special Events with support from Communities in Schools of San Antonio, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the College for All Texans initiative.
G-Force is the peer education component of the GO Center, which utilizes students in grades K-12, college students and volunteers to deliver the message that attending college is important. Collegiate G-Force members mentor and tutor high school students and present promotional activities developed by VISTA members to draw students to the GO centers.
The AmeriCorps VISTA project focuses on creating and enhancing GO centers in low-income high schools and their feeder schools in San Antonio and Houston. The goal of the centers is to reverse a downward trend and increase involvement and success in higher education.
The programs and activities attempt to overcome the barriers of financial need and lack of social support for young people planning to pursue higher education. As part of College for Texans, the AmeriCorps VISTA project's goal is to involve 630,000 additional Texas students in higher education by 2015.
At the conclusion of the G-Force summit, an inspired student wrote on the event evaluation form, "... nothing can get in the way of my dreams."
"It was obvious to see the hunger that these students have to learn about higher education, and we are excited for these students to go back to their communities and share the opportunity with their peers and families," said Jennifer Pandya of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "Partnering with UTSA to provide this opportunity to the students of Bexar County is a great example of efforts needed to close the gaps in student participation and success."
For more information, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.
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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