(April 29, 2011)--During the annual United to Serve volunteer event on Saturday, April 2, UTSA Honors Alliance members spent the day with the Littles, who are 12-14-year-old participants in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The event was co-sponsored by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service).
Melinda Higgins, outreach and recruitment coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said she was very impressed with the members of UTSA Honors Alliance and all they did for the Littles.
Seven boys and three girls were matched with 19 UTSA student volunteers for a college preview day. They toured the UTSA Main Campus, learned about programs in which to major at UTSA, played games and ate in the Roadrunner Cafe. Additionally, each of the Littles took home a UTSA t-shirt, wristband and magnet, along with information on how to prepare for college.
"The fun day broadened their horizons, and I think some of the UTSA students will become regular volunteers," said Higgins. "All in all, it was a terrific microcosm of everything Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to do."
UTSA Honors Alliance students enjoyed the time they spent with the children and look forward to participating again next year in United to Serve.
The Honors Alliance mission is to collaborate to provide leadership development, volunteerism and recognition, while promoting academic integrity in the university community.
For more information, visit the UTSA Honors Alliance website or call 210-458-7273.
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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.
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