(Jan. 8, 2013) -- This holiday season, 18 offices across the UTSA Division of Student Affairs and 12 student organizations adopted 25 senior citizens and 27 families through the Family Service Association Adopt-a-Family program.
Volunteers packed cars and trucks with wrapped gifts ranging from sheets and kitchen supplies to bikes and games and delivered the gifts Dec. 11 and 18. The Family Service Association coordinated the adoption of 750 families in our community this year, and UTSA was one of the biggest adopters in the entire program.
Families are selected to participate, and most are very low-income and often had experienced job loss, death in the family or medical emergencies this year.
This was the fifth year of the UTSA Student Affairs participation in the program, and each office and student organization puts its own tradition into the service project. In some offices, each staff member adopted one family member and shopped for the needs and wants of that individual. Other groups had a gift-wrapping party as a part of their holiday celebration, and many offices donate canned goods and gently used clothing in addition to new gifts.
This year, Athletics inspired individuals outside the university to assist with the effort when they purchased a new mattress for a senior in need. Deby Bailey, athletics business manager, set out to find an affordable mattress and ran into dead ends when prices were too high. She finally went to Factory Mattress on De Zavala, met a great sales person and found what she was looking for. Before checking out, the salesman disappeared and returned with $25 of his own money to contribute to the effort; he later called to let Bailey know he had told his boss about the sale and the store upgraded the mattress at no cost.
>> Learn more about the Family Service Association and Adopt-a-Family.
The night begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space. After the lecture, guests will climb to the roof for some stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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