(Oct. 27, 2011) -- Educators, business professionals, teens and their parents gathered Oct. 18 at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus to celebrate a new name and new year for "Inspire U" (formerly "Mentoring Matters"). The mentoring initiative was established in 2008 by Mayor Julian Castro to help at-risk teens achieve their dreams. The celebration was hosted by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, the City of San Antonio and H-E-B.
Representatives from more than 30 regional colleges, universities and other organizations attended the event, which included remarks by Castro, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, and mentor-mentee team Sandra Hernandez Coleman and Gabrielle Mendez. Speakers encouraged the teens to persevere and complete their education despite challenges. Attendees received a healthy breakfast provided by H-E-B and UTSA officials presented UTSA mementos.
UTSA has a long history of mentoring local children. Staff members currently mentor students at Mark Twain Middle School on a monthly basis. The university also is recognized for its mentoring initiatives by United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Communities in Schools-San Antonio, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization.
According to the City of San Antonio, nearly 160,000 students are considered at-risk and unlikely to graduate from high school, and only one in four adults has a bachelor's degree.
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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