(March 30, 2010)--For UTSA community members interested in volunteering, there is one more opportunity to support your community and country. The U.S. Census Bureau will host the event, March to the Mail Box, from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 10 at the Mexican American Unity Council, 2300 W. Commerce St. UTSA volunteers are invited to wear their orange-and-blue UTSA apparel.
Block walking will be from 10 a.m. to noon in teams led by Mayor Julian Castro. The goal is to increase the response rate for the U.S. Census by rallying in neighborhoods on San Antonio's West Side and East Side, which historically have included many non-responding households. Increasing the mail-back response rate saves taxpayer money that would be spent sending workers door to door starting in May.
>> Training for the block walk will be at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8 at the El Progresso at Avenida Guadalupe Association, 1313 Guadalupe St., across Plaza Guadalupe. To register to volunteer, call 210-223-3151. For more information, e-mail Mary Jane Lopez. On walk day, volunteers should report to the parking lot off Buena Vista Street to pick up packets, t-shirts, caps, parade banners, lawn signs, air horns, rally signs, fliers and other materials.
The U.S. Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States; the census is mandated every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution. The census form has only 10 questions, and takes only 10 minutes to complete. If you have the form in hand, it's not too late to fill it out and mail it back in the postage-paid envelope. The official U.S. Census Day is Thursday, April 1.
The census determines the number of representatives from each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and also how $400 billion in federal funds are distributed annually to the states. This funding benefits education and community projects.
UTSA is doing its part to aid the success of the census with the U-Count @ UTSA campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of the U.S. Census and to make sure every student enrolled at UTSA is counted. Everyone must be counted including citizens and non-citizens living on and off campus.
>> Read the U.S. Census FAQ at the U-Count @ UTSA Web site.
UTSA hosted San Antonio's only stop of the U.S. Census touring van and also information tables and census form collection at the recent RowdyStock concert. Fliers have been distributed in UTSA residence facilities and door hangers have been posted at apartments adjacent to the UTSA Main Campus. Additionally, census representatives continue to provide information tables at the Main and Downtown campuses to raise awareness and to recruit census employees.
Toll-free U.S. Census information lines
Need a job? U.S. Census jobs testing is March 30-31, April 1
The 2010 U.S. Census employee-testing sessions are March 30, March 31 and April 1 for those interested in good weekly pay, mileage reimbursement and experience with America's count of its population.
Tests will be administered 2-6 p.m. each day at:
Test takers can walk in to take an exam, but are encouraged to call the census jobs line at 1-866-861-2010 to schedule a test time. The exam tests math, logic and comprehension skills of potential census workers.
Proof of identification is required; bring a passport or a combination of two other valid unexpired types of identification -- one of which must have a photograph (acceptable photo IDs include a driver's license, government ID card or student ID card) -- in addition to a Social Security card, birth certificate or a U.S. Citizen ID card.
The U.S. Census Bureau plans to hire thousands of local workers. The jobs are good for college students and stay-at-home parents. Work schedules are flexible and most jobs pay from $10.50 to $14 an hour for job titles ranging from clerk to supervisor. The jobs will run from four to 12 weeks or longer.
>> Download a U.S. Census job practice test (PDF document).
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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