(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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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