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Have fun, stay safe: UTSA hosts Safe Spring Break events March 8-12

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Featured event of UTSA Safe Spring Break Week, March 8-12

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(March 8, 2010)--UTSA will host several Safe Spring Break activities this week March 8-12 to help students be aware of how to have fun responsibly during their week off.

>> Download the complete schedule of UTSA Safe Spring Break events.

Following are the event highlights:

"Ready, Set, Break!" is 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 8 at Bill Miller Plaza and the Frio Street Building commons on the Downtown Campus. The event is a community safety fair that includes participation from Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), Student Activities, Student Health Services, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and San Antonio Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Students can learn helpful tips for safe travel and safe activities.

The Safe Spring Break Health and Wellness Expo is 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 at Sombrilla Plaza and the parking lot adjacent to the University Center and parking garage on the Main Campus. (If it rains, the expo will move to the Humanities and Social Sciences Building atrium.) Free and open to UTSA students, faculty and staff, the expo promotes the importance of health and mental wellbeing, safety and resources geared toward prevention, early detection and support services. There will be free health screenings, fun activities and information on community resources and social services. See details below

The Safe Break Dinner will be 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 10 at the Roadrunner Cafe on the Main Campus. ARAMARK and the student organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR) invite the university community to the dinner. Participants can speak with representatives from BARR, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, San Antonio Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and UTSA Crime Prevention. Information and resources will be available reagarding safe Spring Break travel and activities. For guests who do not have a meal plan, the door rate for the all-you-care-to-eat dinner is $8.15.

BARR will host "Thirsty Thursday" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 11 at the University Center paseo. Students can join the organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner and organization representatives will be on site with free bottled water, activities and live music by Michelle Peters.

>> Read more on UTSA Today regarding the Texas Department of Public Safety advisory discouraging travel to Mexican border cities.

For more information, contact Student Health Services at 210-458-6428 and the Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160. The week's events are sponsored by Campus Recreation, College of Sciences, Human Resources, Student Activities, Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), and Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.


UTSA Safe Spring Break Health and Wellness Expo, March 10

At Sombrilla Plaza: Health screenings, exhibitors, fire-extinguishing demo. Relaxation Station Zero Gravity Chair by Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management. National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day activities are hosted by SHADES and featuring free HIV testing by BEAT AIDS. Several cancer agencies will also provide cancer education and prevention tools in observance of Cancer Awareness Month for UTSA.

At the University Center parking lot: Cholesterol, body composition, blood pressure, weight and height checks by Health and Kinesiology's Mobile Unit

At Student Health Services: Free HIV testing (open to UTSA students, faculty and staff)

9 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Fire Extinguishing Demos (5 min.) by Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management, near Sombrilla Plaza

Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management's Fire Prevention Team will present fire-extinguisher training. Help put out a real fire using real equipment. Staff will be available to answer fire safety and prevention questions.


10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. -- Fun Physical Activity Demonstrations by Campus Recreation (25 min.), Sombrilla Plaza

Learn all about Pilates, Zumba, martial arts and other physical activities and how they promote health and wellness. Campus Recreation trainers will conduct demonstrations with audience participation, Q&A session.


11 a.m. -- Ask The Doctor by Student Health Services (50 min.), University Center Mesquite Room (2.01.24)

UTSA Student Health Services' Dr. Beth Wichman will host a roundtable Q&;A session on health and medical matters.


Noon -- The Importance of Nutrition, Exercise and Your Health: How Can the "Living Well: Make it a Priority" Program Help by Human Resources. (50 min.), University Center Travis Room (2.202)

Rolando Roman from the UT System will talk about dietary guidelines, health and wellness, and resources/programs provided by the UT Select health care insurance plan.


2 p.m. -- Campus Walk by UTSA Wellness Coordinator Kristee Phelps, meet in front of Multidisciplinary Studies Building

Along with a brisk walk around the UTSA Main Campus, attendees will learn walking trails, how to condition, benefits of walking and how to prepare for the outdoor elements for a walking exercise.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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