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

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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 engaged@utsa.edu, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center or call 210-458-4770.

 

 

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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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