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UTSA student government leaders learn about traditions, PR, sustainability and more


From left are S.G.A. leader Xavier Johnson, adviser John Montoya and S.G.A. leaders Roger Frigstad, Nicole Munoz and Derek Trimm at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

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(Nov. 23, 2010)--Four UTSA Student Government Association officers recently attended the National Association for Campus Activities Student Government Institute in Golden, Colo. The institute is one of two national institutes specifically for student government leaders and is held each summer. This is the sixth year UTSA participated in the event.

Derek Trimm, S.G.A. president and senior finance major from Houston; Nicole Munoz, S.G.A. vice president and junior political science major from San Antonio; Roger Frigstad, S.G.A. treasurer and business management major from San Antonio; and Xavier Johnson, S.G.A. secretary and sophomore liberal arts major from Austin, attended the event with Barry McKinney, S.G.A. co-adviser and director of student activities, and John Montoya, S.G.A. adviser and assistant director of student activities. McKinney has served the past three years as the national association's institute series coordinator.

The institute was conducted at the Colorado School of the Mines and covered topics including town-gown relations, public relations, recruiting and retaining members, parliamentary procedure and sustainability, which was this year's theme.

It was especially pertinent to learn about sustainability, then visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, attend a local farmer's market to see the world's natural resources, and then learn how to incorporate sustainable activities on a college campus.

The students were able to network with other student government leaders from more than 25 campuses across the United States including Arizona State University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Florida, Georgetown School of Law and Kennesaw State University.

Additionally, students experienced the culture of Colorado and the historic West. They visited the gravesite of Buffalo Bill and toured Red Rocks, which was once one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. They visited Rocky Mountain National Park and the city of Estes Park.

The group also spent time interacting with the student government leaders of the University of Colorado to get information on becoming more sustainable on campus. They also researched some of the University of Colorado traditions related to football in preparation for the start of football next fall at UTSA.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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