(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
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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