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UTSA's Wells Fargo Community Leadership Award winners: Top photo, from left: Krystal Nicholson, Sabrina Macal-Polasek and Tanita Wiley
Bottom photo, from left: For The Kids participants Tim Johnson, Alyssa Molina, Christina Phamvu, Amanda Haugen and Eli Embleton

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(March 29, 2013) -- The UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center announces the winners of the Wells Fargo Community Leadership Award for spring 2013: Krystal Nicholson, Sabrina Macal-Polasek, and Tanita Wiley and a group from theLeadership Challenge class including Eli Embleton, Tim Johnson, Christina Phamvu, Amanda Haugen and Alyssa Molina.

The winners have demonstrated a commitment to service-learning and are actively giving back to the community. Each individual awardee receives $500, while the group will receive $1,000 provided by Wells Fargo. The award can be used at the discretion of the recipients in support of travel, project supplies and time dedicated to projects.

The Wells Fargo Community Leadership Award was created with the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank to support students completing community service as a part of a UTSA course, degree program or certificate program. Wells Fargo has a corporate goal of social responsibility and community involvement, and a commitment to invest in the future of communities.

The winners of the spring 2013 awards are:

  • Krystal Nicholson, a senior from the Senior Seminar Multidisciplinary Studies class taught by Gabriel Acevedo, UTSA associate professor of sociology, is completing her project with Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas as a volunteer mentoring young girls. Nicholson aims to use her award to supplement character-building workshops.
  • Sabrina Macal-Polasek, a senior in the Internship in Nonprofit Management class taught by Patricia Jaramillo, UTSA public administration lecturer, is participating in a 300-hour internship with City Year of San Antonio, a nonprofit organization that provides underserved youth the services they need to succeed through mentorship and community projects.
  • Tanita Wiley, a senior taking the Internship in Sociology class taught by Todd Garrard, UTSA sociology lecturer, is completing an internship with AmeriCorps Kids College Club/San Antonio Youth Center. Wiley is a tutor, mentor and after-school teacher to inner-city youth in San Antonio.
  • Eli Embleton, Tim Johnson, Christina Phamvu, Amanda Haugen and Alyssa Molina are enrolled in the Leadership Challenge class taught by Robert Lengel, UTSA associate dean of faculty and associate professor of management in the College of Business. The students also are involved in the For The Kids Dance Marathon at UTSA (FTK). FTK raises awareness of pediatric cancer and provides financial, social and emotional support to families battling childhood cancer at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Through their dance marathon, FTK and the Leadership Challenge class raise funds to donate to the children’s hospital. The $1,000 award will help families facing childhood cancer.

The students will present project posters at the Service-Learning Symposium April 3. Learn more about the Service-Learning Symposium.

For more information about this and other service-learning and community service efforts, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website, go to University Center Suite 2.01.04 on the Main Campus or call 210-458-4770.

 

 

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