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UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives honors Bexar County mentors for youths


Top photo: Awardee Marie Aguirre from Rackspace
Middle photo: From left are Belinda Saldana, awardee Austin Novak and WOAI-TV news anchor Randy Beamer
Bottom photo: Mayor Julian Castro speaks about the importance of mentoring.

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(March 9, 2010)--The UTSA San Antonio Mentoring Forum (SAMF) recently hosted the annual mentor recognition luncheon. Mayor Julian Castro was on hand to congratulate area mentors for their work. The event honors outstanding mentors and brings attention to the need for mentors for youth in our community. The event also raises funds for UTSA mentoring initiatives including scholarships, training and mentoring awareness programs.

This year's honorees included:

  • Outstanding Adult Mentor: Theo Sumler and Erin Mankus
  • Outstanding College Student Mentor: Austin Novak
  • Outstanding Corporate/Business Mentoring Program: Rackspace Managed Hosting
  • Outstanding School Mentoring Program: Monroe May Elementary School (NISD)
  • Outstanding Advocate for Mentoring: Jeanne Russell

The event was part of a National Mentoring Month campaign with many activities across the country. In a proclamation designating January as National Mentoring Month, President Obama praised mentors for "building a brighter future for our nation by helping our children grow into productive, engaged, and responsible adults." The President urged Americans "to give back by mentoring young people in their communities who may lack role models."

Read the complete proclamation.

The campaign's goals are to mobilize community volunteers to mentor young people and to increase knowledge about how mentoring can greatly enhance a young person's prospects for leading a healthy and productive life. Research shows that mentoring has beneficial and long-term effects on youth by increasing their chances of high school graduation and college attendance and decreasing the likelihood of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.

The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, School Districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youth in Bexar County.

For more information visit the San Antonio Mentoring Forum Web site.



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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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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