(Nov. 30, 2011) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sent 41 students to Houston Nov. 17 for the 2011 Texas Conference for Women. The conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center involved more than 6,000 participants with speakers focusing on leadership, professional development and personal growth.
Hosted by Texas First Lady Anita Perry, the 12th annual women's conference included inspiring keynote speakers such as Martha Beck, Lisa Niemi Swayze, Cindy Hensley McCain, Rose Mapendo and Jody Conradt. There were breakout sessions with panel discussions, a health and wellness pavilion, a career fair with a mentor-match program and resume critique as well as a vendor exhibit.
The Student Leadership Center (SLC) selected students from a range of majors and backgrounds to represent the university. The students reported they were pleased with the many great opportunities at the one-day conference and learned from the motivating messages of the keynote speakers.
Senior art major Amanda Russell said, "The women I met were so inspirational, and it was a great chance to meet like-minded UTSA students."
Sophomore communication major JaQuille Collins said, "I feel like this office offers many opportunities for college students that we may not be able to experience on our own. It has helped me broaden my outlook on certain aspects of life, and it will continue to be my go-to place for making myself a well-rounded person."
Rita Adeyinka, a junior studying mathematics, said the conference improved her leadership skills. "I mainly gained the wake-up call that it is never too late to become more involved, to network and to accomplish goals of helping the community through leadership," she said.
Quachae Thomas, a senior studying psychology, said, "I learned to be assertive and put my best foot forward. It was a great networking experience. The skills I learned with the SLC will help me grow professionally, which is as important as getting a good education.
"I really appreciate what the SLC is doing on this campus," said sophomore biology major Esther Atoyebi. "They are giving students opportunities that not all universities give to their students, and it makes me happy and honored to be a Roadrunner because I am able to work with people who have a purpose, a plan and a vision."For more information about programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or go to University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
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