(Nov. 27, 2012) -- In keeping with the spirit of giving, there are many ways UTSA community members can share with people who are less fortunate. Offices and organizations across the UTSA community are conducting toy, blanket, clothing, blanket and food drives for the needy during the holiday season.
The list below is in chronological order by the final day of each drive.
If your department or group is sponsoring a gift drive, it can be added to the list below. Email details with a contact name, phone number and the last day of collection to email@example.com.
UTSA gift collections for the needy
>> Coat and blanket drive for foster youth: Through Dec. 1, the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) will sponsor the "If You Don't Wear it, Share It," coat and blanket drive benefitting foster youth from BCFS Health and Human Services and Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA). Read details on UTSA Today.
>> Toy Day at Institute of Texan Cultures: Kick off the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Institute of Texan Cultures "Toy Day" and support San Antonio children in need. Children age 12 and under will receive free admission to the museum when they bring a new, unwrapped toy for the San Antonio Fire Department toy drive. Enjoy cartoons in the Dome Theater, craft stations around the exhibit floor, story time and more. Explore a fire truck and ambulance, and talk with firefighters about their jobs and staying safe during the holiday season.
>> Food drive for San Antonio Food Bank: At the President's Holiday Breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus, faculty, staff and student leaders can donate nonperishable food items to the UTSA Holiday Food Drive benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank. Boxed and canned goods can be dropped off at the breakfast; however, please do not bring items in glass containers. Read details on UTSA Today.
>> Food drive for San Antonio Food Bank: As part of their yearly service project, the Undergraduate Advising community is doing a "Fill the Trailer Food Drive" for the San Antonio Food Bank through Dec. 11. You can drop off food items at any of the Undergraduate Advising Centers or the blue trailer at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus. Call 210-458-4302 and someone will come to your office to pick up canned or boxed food items.
>> Food drive for San Antonio Food Bank: The Office of Human Resources is collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the San Antonio Food Bank through Dec. 14. Donations can be dropped off at the HR lobby at University Heights, Suite 500. To show appreciation for the gifts, each donor will receive a ticket for a chance to win a UTSA-themed holiday gift basket (including an orange and blue fleece blanket). The winner will be contacted via phone on Monday, Dec. 17. For more information, contact Claudia White at 210-458-6952.
>> Food drive for San Antonio Food Bank: The College of Business is conducting a food drive for the San Antonio Food Bank. Canned or boxed food items will be accepted through Dec. 17 in the Office of the Dean, Business Building Room 4.01.02, Main Campus. For more information, contact Claudia Dawdy at 210-458-4313.
>> Toys for Tots: The Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will collect for Toys for Tots this holiday season. They will accept toys through Dec. 18 in McKinney Humanities Building Suite 4.01.23 on the Main Campus. For more information, contact Leigh Owen at 210-458-4290.
>> Toys for Tots: The UTSA Center for Archaeological Research is coordinating its annual Toys for Tots drive on the Main and Downtown campuses. Donations will be picked up at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 19 and delivered to the Marine Corps Reserve for distribution in Bexar County to those in need. Items to be donated must be new, unwrapped toys or new, unwrapped gift items for teens. There are two new locations this year, one each at the Downtown and Main campuses. Donation locations are:
For more information on the toy drive, contact the Center for Archaeological Research at 210-458-4378. For more information on Toys for Tots, visit www.toysfortots.org.
>> Sock drive for The Children's Shelter: The UTSA University College is collecting socks for The Children's Shelter. Decorate their tree with socks in North Paseo Building Room 2.210 on the Main Campus. Socks will be accepted through Dec. 20. Last year, nearly 300 pairs of socks were collected. This is the 11th year of the sock drive. For more information, contact Linda Mahoney at 210-458-5190.
>> Clothing drive for The Children's Shelter: The UTSA Office of the Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness is collecting clothing items for The Children's Shelter. Take items to North Paseo Building Room 2.204 on the Main Campus. Items will be accepted through Dec. 20. Items accepted include underwear, diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, towels, washcloths, hairbrushes, barrettes and bows. Bring new items in the original package; no wrapping is necessary. View a list of items needed most. For more information, call 210-458-4706.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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