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(Nov. 22, 2011) -- When it comes to greening up the UTSA Tri-Campus community, there's a great chance you might have the next big idea. Thanks to generous support from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building, UTSA is hosting the UTSA Campus Greening Idea Contest. Your ideas can help us reach the next level in sustainability. UTSA undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit implementable and sustainable ideas to aid the greening of UTSA.

>> Download the contest submission form (Word document) with guidelines and other details. The submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 29.

A jury of eight representing the administrative, academic and student sectors at UTSA will evaluate submissions and select five winners Tuesday, March 6. Through the support of UNCF, there will be cash prizes including $1,500 for first place. Participants will be invited to an awards ceremony in mid-March, during which the winners will be announced.

The contest was created to add momentum to the goal of making UTSA greener through innovation and realizable ideas from students across the university. Each idea team must have at least three members, and the members must be from at least two colleges. Multidisciplinary collaboration is the focus of the contest, since successful campus greening initiatives need a variety of student perspectives.

Partners in the competition are the UTSA Sustainability Council, which discusses, coordinates and helps implement campus sustainability plans; The Movement, a UTSA student organization that focuses on sustainability and philanthropy through innovative initiatives; and the Green Fund Committee, a student-led committee that reviews and approves funding for sustainability-related projects submitted by students or other affiliated with the university. As voted on by UTSA students, the Green Fund fee of $5 per semester is in effect and has been accumulating over the last few semesters.

Felicia Davis, director of the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, visited UTSA recently. "Greening the campus is important on two levels," she said. "Certainly, reducing cost and emissions is one objective. Second, and probably more importantly, is the goal of educating the next generation of leaders because they will have to grapple with enormously challenging problems that will take time to resolve. Having a mix of institutions participate in this initiative, especially minority-serving institutions that exemplify the diversity within America, is critical in that leadership development. I really believe that we are the force behind that paradigm shift."

"I think the contest is one of the best ways on campus [to demonstrate] that students can actually make a tangible difference and help the university progress," said Travis Jourdan, chief officer of the student organization The Movement and vice chair of the Green Fund Committee. "It can help active students get their name out there, and it just opens up a lot of opportunities. Though the contest is separate from the Green Fund, submissions have the opportunity to be turned into an application that could be reviewed by the Green Fund."

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

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10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

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Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

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Rowdy Gras 2016

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Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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