(Feb. 21, 2012) --Students who want to discover and focus on their passion in life and who want to make a difference in the community will want to apply to participate in the LeaderShape Institute. It's not just another retreat or conference -- it's a six-day experience for students no longer satisfied accepting the world as they know it. Through the students desire and passion, the goal is to eliminate the "to-do" list, and create a "to-be" list.
>> The UTSA Student Leadership Center will select approximately 60 students to participate in the May 20-25 institute. The application deadline is March 29. To apply, visit the LeaderShape website. The center covers all costs for students selected to attend including transportation, lodging, meals and registration.
For the retreat, participants will take a chartered bus to the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in nearby New Braunfels, Texas, where they will focus on leadership and personal development. At the institute, students work through challenges in Family Clusters and together as one community. Guiding, supporting and challenging the Family Clusters are the Cluster Facilitators. Each facilitator also applied and was selected by last year's LeaderShape graduates to participate in this year's institute. Cluster facilitators are UTSA faculty, staff and advisers.
At LeaderShape, students discover what is most important to them and how they can make a difference in the community, whether that is UTSA, San Antonio, Texas or the world. All participating students need is something they care about and the willingness to be guided to narrow their focus while creating an action plan. All that is asked is a commitment to actively participate and contribute to not only their success, but also the success of the other participants.
For more information, contact the UTSA Student Leadership Center at 210-458-7967, University Center Suite 1.002 on the Main Campus or visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website, where you can like us on Facebook.
Comments from some of last year's LeaderShape graduates:
"My experience at LeaderShape was eye-opening and very emotional. The bonds and relationships I've formed as a result of LeaderShape are lifelong and will never be forgotten. I'm grateful for the opportunity to experience and plan on sharing what I've learned from LeaderShape at UTSA and throughout the S.A. community." -- Trishauna Hopkins
"LeaderShape was an incredibly eye-opening experience. I have never been a part of a conference that was so mentally, emotionally, physically and psychologically challenging in terms of achieving my goals. It meant a great deal to be able to be exposed to a realization that, 'Hey, I can change the world.' All I need to do is plan it step by step." -- Bernadette Butra
"During LeaderShape, I enjoyed learning about all of the students and staff life stories. There was also amazing encouragement given to us to bring back to UTSA and beyond. We all learned about the importance of communication and teamwork to a community like UTSA and San Antonio." -- Hassan Barzani
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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