(June 8, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center recently hosted the 2012 UTSA LeaderShape Institute. Fifty-nine UTSA students spent six intense days at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, focused on discovering what drives their passion for change and how they can impact their community.
The mission of the LeaderShape Institute is to transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and "a healthy disregard for the impossible." During the institute, the students were asked to discover their vision and create an action blueprint for change. Throughout the six days, the students learned how leadership is not positional and does not require any formal authority. They were consistently challenged in order to discover what they desired to see happen in their community and ultimately in the world. A few weeks before arriving in New Braunfels, the students were asked, "What would your ideal world look like?"
Guiding the students throughout the six days were their family cluster facilitators, who included Mary Buzzetta, UTSA Career counselor; Trey Payne, UTSA University Center building supervisor; Melissa Evans, multimedia designer in the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs; Sapna Naik, UTSA Tomas River Center student development specialist; and Charlin Jones, UTSA assistant director of special events. The students did much of their vision work within their family clusters of approximately 12 students. During the six days, the family clusters grew close and become a place full of support and encouragement.
During the institute, students participated in lectures, activities and exercises focused on their personal values and the vision they have for an ideal world. During a guest panelist discussion, the students shared their visions and ask questions of members of the San Antonio business community. The guest panel, hosted by Gage Paine, UTSA vice president for student affairs, included Brandon Van Vleck, principal of Judson Learning Academy; Art Flores, vice president of ARTCOM Associates Inc.; Laura Davies, CFO of Deer Oaks EAP; John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for aademic affairs; and Roy Schroer, assistant vice president of human resources for Union Pacific.
For more information about the programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or the office in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
LeaderShape Institute participant comments about the event:
"It was such a pleasure to serve as a staff facilitator for the 2012 LeaderShape Institute. Working alongside these students was such a life-changing experience for me. As a career counselor, I have always strived to make an impact in the lives of college students, and I can honestly say that LeaderShape made me feel successful in accomplishing this goal. I left this experience with a whole new family –- the LeaderShape 2012 experience will forever be a part of who I am." -- Mary Buzzetta, facilitator
"Leadershape is a great experience -- what it taught me is still being carried on toda, right now, and I will forever be able to say that. It showed me who I was, and it gave back a lot of what I had been giving to other people -- my all. I know more of me now, almost all of me." –- Charnelle Thompson, student participant
"My experience at LeaderShape is one that touched my mind, body and soul. The lessons I have learned and the relationships I have forged will continue to live with me long after the experience itself. I feel blessed to have even been a part of it." -- Zack Dunn, student participant
"I felt like it gave me time to thoughtfully write out my vision and put into action all those things I have thought about since I was a child." –- Kaneshia Davis, student participant
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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