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UTSA students attend Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference

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UTSA group at Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference

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(Feb. 8, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sent 37 students to the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) hosted Jan. 19-22 at Texas A&M University in College Station. In the UTSA group were five SBSLC 2011 alumni invited to return for the Advanced Leadership Institute.

Participants were selected from across the colleges for a diverse representation of UTSA. With more than 600 participants and the theme "In Pursuit of Refinement," the 25th annual conference included inspiring speakers, workshops, an entertainment night, a social and a closing banquet.

The students were challenged to bring their experiences back to UTSA to better serve the community. The students kept journals during the conference to reflect on the experience; the journals will be passed on to students attending the event next year.

"During one of our sessions, we talked about the problems of our university and the ways to solve these problems," said LaKendria Ellis, an Advanced Leadership Institute participant from UTSA. "It was encouraging to know that we all were facing the same issues and the various approaches we were taking to solve them. I instantly felt less defeated and was ready to fight the good fight."

"I will bring back advice and knowledge from the keynote speakers, as well as a larger appreciation of a culture I originally knew little about historically," said UTSA student Ezinne Oparanozie. "This is by far the best leadership conference I have ever attended."

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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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.

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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.

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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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