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San Antonio Mentoring Forum hosts April 19 brown-bag talk on college access


Gregory M. Darnieder

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(April 18, 2012) -- The San Antonio Mentoring Forum invites the public to attend ?Mentoring to Impact College Access," a brown-bag luncheon featuring U.S. Department of Education adviser Gregory M. Darnieder, who will speak via videoconference. The free event is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 in Frio Street Building Room 2.532 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Darnieder has significant experience in promoting college access. Before becoming senior adviser to the education secretary on the College Access Initiative in 2009, Darnieder established the Department of Postsecondary Education and Student Development at Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

At CPS, he designed and implemented an assortment of postsecondary, academic, financial and social support programs, and he built university, corporate and civic partnerships to enhance college access. He also worked for 15 years as the executive director of youth development and college access organizations in Chicago's Cabrini Green housing development. Darnieder has a B.A. in sociology, a K-8 teaching certificate from St. Louis University and a master's degree in Christian education from Wheaton College.

The San Antonio Mentoring Forum is a UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives program and serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and mentoring advocates. It is a place where groups such as Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, School Districts, faith-based organizations, businesses and other mentoring advocates come together to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The forum is a UTSA mentoring initiative and focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youth in Bexar County.

For more information, contact Kristina Cortinas at 210-458-2904. Learn more at the San Antonio Mentoring Forum website.



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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