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UTSA community members reach out to Japan earthquake, tsunami victims

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(March 14, 2011)--With news reports detailing the effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, efforts are continuing to rescue survivors and manage damaged nuclear reactors. As recovery efforts continue, UTSA is reaching out to students from Japan, students studying abroad and a number of faculty and staff members affected by the disaster.

More than 20 UTSA students are from Japan, as well as several faculty and staff members. Additionally, two UTSA Education Abroad students in southern Japan checked in with the Office of International Programs on Friday, March 11. The students reported they are "feeling safe," according to Holly Hill, UTSA director of education abroad services. Both students plan to continue their programs.

"We have the people of Japan in our hearts and minds in this time of tragedy and hardship," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We have reached out to our students from Japan and are offering support from UTSA Counseling Services. We keep their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers, and we want to help ensure our students have the services they need."

UTSA Counseling Services is available to students who want to talk about feelings or concerns related to the events in Japan. Any UTSA student experiencing distress -- such as difficulty with eating, sleeping or the ability to concentrate on school, thoughts of worry and helplessness, or concern for the safety of family and loved ones -- should get in touch with a counselor. The services are free and confidential.

  • At the Main Campus, call 210-458-4140 or go to Recreation and Wellness Center Room 1.810.
  • At the Downtown Campus, call 210-458-2930 or go to Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308.

"UTSA students from Japan who need travel advice, possible employment authorization, document replacement or possible visa extensions should call or arrange an appointment with an international student adviser," said Tanya Orndorff, UTSA director of international student services.

"On behalf of the East Asia Institute, I would like to offer my sincere concern and sympathy for those who are deeply affected in the earthquake and tsunami areas in Japan," said Mimi Yu, associate director of the UTSA East Asia Institute. "In addition to addressing the issues for the misplaced families and businesses, Japan will be on the long road to recovery in terms of rebuilding the Tohoku area."


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The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), 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

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UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
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Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
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Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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