(May 29, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center recently hosted the 2013 UTSA LeaderShape Institute. Sixty UTSA students spent six intense days at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels completely focused on discovering what drives their passion for change and how they can impact their community.
The mission of the LeaderShape Institute is to transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and "a healthy disregard for the impossible."
During the institute, 60 students were asked to discover their vision and create an action blueprint for change. Throughout the six days, students learned how leadership is not positional and does not require any formal authority. They were consistently challenged to discover what they truly desired to see happen in their community and ultimately in the world.
Guiding the students throughout the six days were their family cluster facilitators, who included Carol Gonzalez, UTSA student ombudsperson; Herb Ganey, interim director of the UTSA University Center; Cristina Dominguez, program coordinator of UTSA Volunteer Services; Matt Keneson, academic advisor for the UTSA Center for Freshman Advising; and Derek Bell, UTSA alumnus and housing director for Texas State University. The students did much of their vision work within their family clusters of approximately 12 students. During the six days, the family clusters grew close and became a place full of support and encouragement.
During LeaderShape, the students participated in a guest leader panel discussion, where they were able to share their visions and ask questions of prominent members of the San Antonio business community.
The guest panel, hosted by Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations, included: David Zammiello, USAA vice president for staffing and compensation; Melissa Rosales, owner of REAL Physical Therapy, Melissa Aguillon, president and owner of Aguillon & Associates; Yvonne Fernandez, assistant vice president of commercial services for Security Service Federal Credit Union; Silvia Gangel, president of SiGa International Commercial Real Estate, and Roy Schroer, Union Pacific assistant vice president for human resources.
"This was a remarkable experience for me," said Miracle Cooke, a junior public health major. "I met some really great friends that I know I'll have lasting relationships with at UTSA and beyond. I've bettered myself as a result of LeaderShape. I know that this experience will stay with me long after LeaderShape."
For more information about the programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website, call 210-458-7967 or visit our office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.002 on the UTSA Main Campus.
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Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
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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