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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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