Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Value of giving back: UTSA launches RR4L Student Gift Campaign

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(March 29, 2010)--In a joint effort starting this week, the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement will kick off the Roadrunners for Life (RR4L) Student Giving Campaign, a monthlong program aimed at educating students about the value of giving back to UTSA.

"We have a great spirit of giving on campus -- so many of our students graciously support our community on behalf of the university," said Gage Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs. "This campaign is a unique way for current students to make a lasting difference here, on their campus, and I have no doubt this will be a successful new program."

The RR4L campaign has a Facebook fan page and a Web site designed just for students, who can become Roadrunners for Life by making a gift online or at one of the many events throughout the month.

Student volunteers will give presentations at several student organization meetings and host events on campus to talk with students about the campaign and the importance of participation. Additionally, there will be a special RR4L thank-you event April 24 for students who participate in the campaign, which will be in conjunction with the Campus Activities Board's Roadrunners Late Night.

"We hope that all students at UTSA will get involved in Roadrunners for Life and help spread the word about giving and the importance of participation," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "Increasing alumni and student engagement is an important step in becoming a premier public research university."

For more information about student giving and RR4L, contact Brittany Pratt at 210-458-5119 or visit the UTSA Roadrunners for Life Web site.

 

 

Did You Know?

For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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