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Extreme Makeover UTSA Edition: Students help beautify the university

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UTSA students work on "Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition" projects

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(Oct. 9, 2012) -- One hundred eighty-five UTSA students and 20 student organizations participated Sept. 28 in a range of collaborative projects to beautify the UTSA Main Campus.

Called "Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition," the projects included placing brick edging around flower beds and planting shrubs and greenery around the Convocation Center, spreading mulch around trees and flower beds at the Laurel Village residence facility, painting doors and rails at the Convocation Center and picking up trash across the campus.

The event was coordinated by the UTSA student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) with collaboration from the UTSA grounds, facilities and housing departments. Facilities and grounds staff members worked hard to plan projects for the students that would be noticed by the UTSA community.

"'Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition' was a great opportunity to give back to UTSA and interact with my fellow Roadrunners to enhance our campus," said student Edward Castillo, service chair for the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. "It was a great experience, and I look forward to participating in this VOICES event again next year."

The planning team included student Nicci Campbell, advisers Cristina Dominguez and Leslianne Garcia, and facilities staff members Della Reyes, Frederick Wiedner, Ray Rios and Roger Kissam. Several other staff members and student leaders helped lead projects.

For more information on service activities, visit the VOICES or Inclusion and Community Engagement websites, go to the VOICES office in University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus, email or call 210-458-7291.



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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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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