(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 night begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space. After the lecture, guests will climb to the roof for some stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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