(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus
This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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