(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.
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The conference will showcase the works of authors, illustrators, and scholars which embody Latino culture and art as a means to promote literacy and reading in Latino children.
Durango Building, first floor, Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
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