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Extreme Makeover UTSA: Students give back with clean-up projects


Students help with UTSA Main Campus clean-up projects

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(Oct. 18, 2011) -- More than 250 UTSA students recently participated in a range of projects to help beautify the UTSA Main Campus. Called Extreme Makeover UTSA, projects included improving the garden at the Arts Building shuttle stop, painting handrails and doors near the John Peace Library, spreading mulch around trees and flower beds at the Chaparral Village and Laurel Village residence facilities, scraping up chewing gum near Sombrilla Plaza and picking up trash throughout the campus.

With plans to make it an annual effort, Extreme Makeover UTSA was a collaboration of the sponsored student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center and the Office of Facilities. Facilities and grounds staff members planned the projects to engage the students and achieve the clean-up goals.

"The majority of VOICES service projects are at community agencies throughout San Antonio," said student leader Janet Oyeteju. "We wanted to organize a service project on campus because it is important that we not only volunteer in the community, but also give back to the place where we spend most of our time."

The planning team included students Eliana Briceno and Janet Oyeteju, advisers Jennifer Rames and Cristina Dominguez, and facilities staff members Christopher Miller, Della Reyes, Frederick Wiedner, Ray Rios and Roger Kissam. Several other staff members and student leaders helped lead projects during the event.

>> For more information about Extreme Makeover UTSA, visit the VOICES website or go to University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus.

>> For more information about service activities, email, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center or call 210-458-4770.



Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.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

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

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.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

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 (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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