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UTSA president invites faculty, staff to SECC Kickoff and Agency Fair Oct. 3

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(Sept. 30, 2011) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo invites UTSA faculty and staff to celebrate the kickoff of the universitys 2011 State Employee Charitable Campaign. Last year, UTSA employees donated $254,000 through SECC to support their favorite Texas charities. This year, UTSA aspires to donate $260,000.

>> The 2011 SECC Kickoff and Agency Fair will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. Stop by information tables and learn about many of the agencies that benefit from SECC donations.

At the kickoff, Romo will recognize UTSA departments that achieved 100 percent participation in 2010. He also will introduce the month of SECC events. Bibliophiles, for example, can donate gently used books to the SECC Book Sale, where they will be available for purchase in mid-October. Collection boxes marked "SECC" are available across the UTSA Tri-campuses. Artists and others are invited to donate items to the SECC Silent Auction. See the SECC website for more information.

Held annually in October and conducted in cooperation with United Way, the SECC provides an opportunity for state employees to contribute to Texas charities through their workplace and enjoy the flexibility of selecting a one-time gift or payroll deduction.

This year's giving campaign runs Oct. 3-31. Online donations are encouraged but not required, and employees who make donations will be entered into special prize drawings scheduled throughout the month.

Last year, Texas state employees raised $912,000 for charities.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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