(May 11, 2012) -- UTSA's eighth annual United to Serve event involved work at 17 volunteer service projects on April 14. With six of the projects organized by student organizations, more than 400 student volunteers from 25 student groups worked on projects across the San Antonio community including staffing for Any Baby Can at the eighth annual Walk for Autism, landscaping for Boysville Inc., improving Head Start Centers, painting at Catholic Charities, supporting For the Kids and volunteering at the Food Bank, Girl Scouts of SW Texas and Habitat for Humanity.
United to Serve is a UTSA tradition and system-wide volunteer initiative involving UT System students and student organizations in an effort to engage and mobilize volunteers in their communities.
Rene Amaya from Catholic Charities appreciated the work done by UTSA's VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service) and Sigma Lambda Beta volunteers, who helped paint the Immigration Services Building. "We had a great experience with the volunteers, and they made our building look beautiful," he said.
"Without our volunteers, it would be nearly impossible to make the Walk for Autism such a great success," said Stephanie Jerger of Any Baby Can. "We had a great turnout this year, and we couldn't have asked for a better group of volunteers fr groups such as VOICES and Zeta Tau Alpha."
Daniel McTyre, VOICES leader for the San Antonio Food Bank project, said he enjoyed the opportunity to not only pack food for those in need, but also the chance to network with Alpha Tau Omega volunteers.
Yvonne Pena, UTSA assistant dean of students; Jennifer Rames, UTSA associate director of service learning; and Cristina Dominguez, UTSA graduate assistant for volunteer services, spent the day visiting the volunteers at their sites and making sure projects were going as planned. They observed great things at all the sites and hope the event will continue to grow each year with participation from more student organizations and more groups creating their own service projects.
"The volunteers at Boysville were really dedicated to improving and beautifying the grounds," said Dominguez. "The work was labor intensive, but I never heard them complain once, and it was clear they were having fun."
For more information about Volunteer Service and VOICES, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website.
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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