(Feb. 14, 2011)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center recently selected 28 students to attend the 2011 Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference in College Station, Texas. Hosted at Texas A&M University, the conference hosted more than 550 participants. Speakers focused on this year's conference theme, "The Imagine of Impact: A Reflection of a Leader."
The 23rd annual conference featured inspiring keynote speakers including Richard T. Jones, Marshawn Evans, Dominique Dawes and Derrick N. Ashong. There were workshops and a career and vendor fair, as well as the Advanced Leadership Institute. The students also attended SBSLC Entertainment Night, a collegiate social and the closing banquet.
The conference offered students opportunities to meet the speakers and talk with the workshop hosts. Kenny Bosah, a UTSA junior studying biology, won a contest at the conference and will receive a 30-minute session with motivational speaker Marshawn Evans. Bosah was the only conference participant to receive this opportunity.
The Student Leadership Center selected students from various areas of study in order to have a diverse group representing UTSA. Students were challenged to bring their experiences back to UTSA to better serve the community. In order to reflect on their personal experiences during the conference, each student was provided with a journal at the beginning of the four-day event. Their inspired entries and journals will be passed onto the students attending the conference next year.
For more information on programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or stop by the office in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
Student comments about the conference
"SBSLC is definitely a life changer for anyone who attends." -- BJ Winston
"The conference was eye-opening." -- Kiara Gradney
"I am on the road back to UTSA, and in addition to my luggage, I will be bringing back a host of ideas to better UTSA as a whole, the organizations I am involved in and my career." -- Justina Williams
Inspired by Marshawn Evans, Odessa Wiggins noted, "Don't do less when you have more. So, I told myself I will never do less."
"I will bring back a newfound motivation to school and the knowledge that excellence in everything I do is expected at a minimum. Whatever expectations you may have for this conference, expect them to be exceeded." -- Thato Segosebe
"To anyone and everyone who attends SBSLC, I urge you to start applying everything that you learn as soon as you learn it. Don't wait to become great." -- Charnelle Thompson
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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