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UTSA students host 18-hour dance marathon to beat childhood cancer

Above, view a video recap of the 2012 UTSA For the Kids Dance Marathon.
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(March 20, 2013) -- The UTSA student organization For the Kids (FTK) will host its fourth annual 18-hour, high-energy, no-sitting, no-sleeping Dance Marathon from 7 p.m., Friday, April 5 to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 6 in the UTSA Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The marathon celebrates the organization’s yearlong fundraising efforts for children with cancer and their families.

In 2012, the FTK Dance Marathon at UTSA raised more than $35,000, becoming the largest student-led philanthropy in San Antonio. In partnership with high schools from across South Texas, the UTSA FTK Dance Marathon will feature a group of FTK dancers who participate by standing and dancing for 18 hours while interacting and performing with the children and their families.

The goal of FTK is to raise awareness while providing financial and emotional support for the children and their families affected by childhood cancer. FTK fundraises year-round for the FTK Fund at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. In addition to raising money, the FTK students regularly spend time with the children at the hospital.

On average, 12,500 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although survival rates for many childhood cancers have improved dramatically over the last few decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease in children.

Anyone can sign up to participate in the FTK Dance Marathon and help make an impact on the lives of San Antonio families battling childhood cancer.

How to get involved:

For more information, call 210-449-3524 or visit the Dance for the Kids website. Follow FTK at UTSA on Facebook and Twitter at @ftkdmutsa.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
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6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Vaquerocation 2015

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Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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President's BBQ on the Plaza

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Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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