(July 27, 2011)--Representatives of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives attended the United Way Volunteer of the Year Awards last month, where UTSA was nominated in the category of large business volunteers for its work in supporting numerous community organizations.
Additionally, early in June, Communities in Schools-San Antonio (CIS-SA) named UTSA a Community Partner of the Year at their annual recognition event at Cafe College. Communities In Schools is the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and for more than 25 years, CIS-SA has helped area students stay in school. At the event, CIS-SA officials spotlighted their collaborative programs with UTSA Athletics, the UTSA College of Education and Human Development and the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives.
The Office of P-20 Initiatives works closely with CIS-SA on the Rowdy Reader program, which focuses on the importance of reading in elementary and middle school. Children participating in the program are required to read a designated number of books. The program also provides participating students with an opportunity to tour UTSA and attend a UTSA athletics event.
In April 2011, UTSA received recognition from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for participation in the Mentoring Matters program, facilitated at UTSA by the Office of P20 Initiatives. Launched by the mayor's office, Mentoring Matters connects youths to careers, beginning as early as seventh grade and continuing through high school. It is a collaborative program between area businesses, the City of San Antonio and area nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Communities in Schools-SA.
In the fall and spring, UTSA faculty and staff mentors worked during lunches with students from Twain Middle School at the UTSA Downtown Campus to serve as advocates and guides through the college and career exploration process.
Kristina Talamantez in the College of Education and Human Development COEHD graduate studies office was one of the many UTSA mentors who made a positive impact on a middle school mentee, according to a middle school counselor. Twain students and their UTSA mentors ended the school year with a visit to Cafe College, a resource center in downtown San Antonio that provides information on careers and how to apply to colleges and universities.
"Community engagement and public service are key components of the UTSA mission," said Belinda Saldana, director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives. "We are pleased to partner with many great organizations such as CIS-SA and BBBS and work alongside them to help students be successful in school and strengthen our community."
According to Saldana, CIS-SA needs 400 mentors as part of their Middle School Partners program, which helps students "catch up on course work" to get back on track for high school. Additionally, BBBS is interested in hearing from other UTSA faculty and staff members who would like to be mentors in the Mentoring Matters program at UTSA.
For more information, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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