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UTSA volunteers gives back to community during United Way Days of Caring

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UTSA volunteers at work on community projects

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(Oct. 27, 2010)--UTSA Learning Communities hosted this month the second annual "LC Gives Back" project with 42 students volunteering with Green Spaces Alliance at the Gardens of St. Therese. Students weeded, raked, cleared flower beds, pruned plants, tilled dirt, laid mulch and helped pave the garden paths. The project was an extension of the Summer Common Reading Experience and assisted students in learning more about community gardening.

PACE (Personal, Academic and Career Exploration) is a first-year retention program housed at the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success. One of the program's goals is to help students connect with their academic advisers and peers. The PACE advising team advocates for volunteering in the community with their students as a great way to foster these connections and to enhance the students' sense of responsibility to the community.

On Oct. 9, the PACE advising team and approximately 70 PACE students volunteered at Emerald Valley Head Start as part of the United Way Days of Caring. Students enjoyed painting classrooms and refurbishing a playground, while spending time with each other, their academic advisers and Freshman Seminar instructors.

The student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) participated in two United Way Days of Caring projects. A group of 20 students spent the morning building outdoor pathways at a Head Start center for the Family Service Association. A second group of 20 served at the San Antonio Food Bank, sorting and packing donations to be distributed to families in the region. VOICES members also volunteered for Archaeology Day at Mission San Jose.

To find out how you or your organization can get involved in service to the community, contact the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center engaged@utsa.edu at 210-458-4770.

>> Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website.

 

 

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Aug. 1, 9 p.m.

"Inside Peace" documentary screening

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

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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.
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