(April 15, 2010)--The UTSA community is invited to celebrate UTSA Earth Week April 19-23 with a range of informative and fun events about how to live "green" and sustainably.
Most events will be in the University Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m., April 20-22 with events also at the Downtown Campus.
>> Download the UTSA Earth Week events schedule at the University Center Web site.
The highlight of the week will be the Earth Week Info Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the University Center main corridor adjacent to the bookstore. More than 30 UTSA and community organizations will share information on sustainability, recycling, and water and energy conservation. There will be music, food, giveaways and fun for everyone.
Other fair highlights will be:
UTSA Earth Week formerly was an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the UTSA Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHSRM) and the Green Society, a registered student organization.
"We very much enjoy bringing the Earth Day message to the campus community," said Richard Garza, UTSA environmental construction and safety manager. "We are even more pleased to join with so many new partners this year to bring the celebration to the University Center."
"We hope all of campus comes by for the fun and information that will be a part of our first-ever Earth Week celebration," said UC Director Lowa Mwilambwe.
This event sponsors include ARAMARK, University Center, UTSA Student Government Association, The Green Society and EHSRM, among others. Read more about ARAMARK's commitment to the environment at the Green Thread Web site.
UTSA Earth Week highlights
Go Green Pledge, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, April 19, University Center food court : Stop by and make a pledge to go green. The display will move to other UTSA dining areas throughout the week. Here's how you can help with earth-saving activities: recycle, turn off lights, compost, use less water, use public transportation and eat sustainable foods. (Go Green Pledge table also will be at the John Peace Library food court, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21.)
Weigh the Waste, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 19, Roadrunner Cafe: The final round of UTSA's semester-long waste reduction competition wiht Southern Methodist University. Students from the UTSA Green Society will be on hand to measure the waste in UTSA's effort to get the least amount of waste per person.
Go Green Brown Bag Lectures, noon, April 20-21: The 30-minute lectures at the UC will feature experts speaking on: Green Jobs and You, Working Together = Green, UTSA Student Green Fund and Solar-Powered Roadrunners: Bringing Solar Power to UTSA.
Free Midday Matinee: "WALL-E," noon, April 21: Take a break while you eat your lunch and enjoy free popcorn in a reusable cup with a free screening of the animated favorite "WALL-E" in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28). The popular film is about a small waste-collecting robot in the distant future that inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Downtown Campus events:
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
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