(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.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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