(Aug. 30, 2012) -- UTSA staff members Cristina Dominguez and Jana Schwartz, participated this summer in training sessions on alternative spring break and leadership student programs, respectively, to help benefit the student experience and community outreach by the university.
Cristina Dominguez, UTSA program coordinator of volunteer services, attended the Alternative Break Citizenship school (ABCs) hosted by Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection at the University of South Carolina, Upstate campus. The ABCs are weeklong intensive training sessions that combine workshops, discussions, service, reflection and speakers within an alternative break experience.
Dominguez and other participants from universities across the country partnered with a local community agency, Christmas in Action, to rehabilitate the houses of elderly homeowners to help provide for their continued safety and independence.
She returned to UTSA inspired by the dedication of participants and with the enthusiasm to implement many of the concepts she learned. Her strategic plan for UTSA's Alternative Spring Break includes more domestic trips for students and eventually an international trip.
Jana Schwartz, UTSA program coordinator for the Student Leadership Center, served as on-site coordinator for the national session of the LeaderShape Institute in Champaign, Ill. While UTSA hosts campus sessions for UTSA students, the LeaderShape organization offers national sessions throughout the country during the summer for students from a variety of institutions. These students typically come from institutions not able to host their own campus sessions; sixty-three students attended this national session.
Schwartz assumed the role of on-site coordinator for both of the LeaderShape Institutes for UTSA students. It was this experience that made her an excellent candidate, when she applied for the national position.
LeaderShape is an internationally recognized leadership development institute that challenges students to think past what they want to do and focus on who they want to be. The vision supported by LeaderShape is a world full of people leading with integrity and living in a state of possibility.
>> For more information about UTSA's Leadership program, visit the Student Leadership Center website.
>> For more information about UTSA's Alternative Spring Break program, visit the ICE 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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