Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Parent Council fundraising for UTSA Family Fund brings in more than $50,000

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At a UTSA football game are (from left) UTSA Parent Council members David and Evelyn Gonzalez, Ed and Yvonne Cantu, Rita and Robert Ramirez, Donna Pfiefer-Vaughn and Kerry Vaughn.

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(Dec. 14, 2011) -- In 2009, UTSA parents embraced a new tradition to help offer exceptional opportunities to students through donations to the UTSA Family Fund.

Funds raised are awarded to programs hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs that enrich student life and make attending UTSA comfortable, enjoyable and safe. In just two years, parent contributions have surpassed $50,000. This year, eight projects received support from parents:

  • The Movement: A Civil Rights and Social Justice Trip -- This five-day trip in January 2012 will include visits to New Orleans, Birmingham and Memphis to teach students about the Civil Rights Movement and the individuals who were active in advancing civil rights and social justice in their communities.
  • Career Closet -- Through the University Career Center, students can check out professional outfits cost-free including men's and women's suits to dress appropriately for job interviews.
  • 21st Birthday Card -- The student organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR) will send a "Happy Birthday" message to students turning 21 with 10 tips on how to celebrate responsibly and a bonus tip to encourage a sober celebration. The card is redeemable for a free smoothie from the Campus Rec Smoothie King.
  • Beyond Borders -- Hosted during Roadrunner Days, this event will help educate immigrant students on their unique needs and how UTSA staff are available to support them as they become active students on campus.
  • Alternative Spring Break -- Students commit their spring break through service to others. Students previously have volunteered in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
  • Rowdy Wing Fling – For UTSA students, the event promotes awareness of the risks and responsibilities associated with alcohol use. It is the first alcohol awareness event of the year and includes free food and plenty of "edutainment."
  • The Status Update -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day, this expo raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, encourages HIV testing and educates students on predisposing factors and behaviors.
  • Leadership Cultural Dinner -- A high-profile speaker will discuss with students issues ranging from leadership and political involvement to pop culture and the arts.

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Projects are chosen by members of the UTSA Parent Council through a competitive grant process. Parents and family members can make a difference at UTSA through the Family Fund. If you are a parent or know of a parent that may want to help, contact Brittany Pratt at 210-458-5119, or for more information, visit the UTSA Family Fund website.

 

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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