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Tradition of giving: UTSA Student Affairs staff members adopt families and seniors

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UTSA Student Affairs employees from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (top photo) and the University Center participate in Adopt- a-Family program

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(Dec. 19, 2011) -- Twenty offices across the Division of Student Affairs were joined this holiday season by UTSA Ambassadors, the Honors Alliance, the Sports Medicine Society and Alpha Omicron Pi in adopting 21 families and 14 seniors, totaling 134 individuals, through the Family Service Association Adopt-a-Family program.

Thirteen volunteers and 10 packed cars and trucks delivered gifts to The Neighborhood Place on Dec. 14. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of 750 families in our community this year. Families are carefully selected for the program. Most have very low incomes, and many of the families have experienced job loss, death in the family or medical emergencies this year.

This is the fourth year of UTSA Student Affairs participation in the program, and each office and organization puts its own tradition into the service project. In some offices, each staff member adopts one family member and shops for the needs and wants of that individual. Other groups have a gift-wrapping party as a part of their holiday celebration, and many offices donate canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts.

"Participating in the Adopt-a-Family program at UTSA each year reminds us all how lucky we are to work at an institution that values giving back to the community," said John Kaulfus, UTSA associate dean of students."The time I spend picking out gifts for my family members helps me to remember the real reason for the holidays... giving thanks for my many blessings and giving to others."

To receive a monthly email about service opportunities, email engaged@utsa.edu or visit the UTSA Volunteer Services website.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Family program, visit the Family Service Association website.

 

Events

Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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