Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Calling all Roadrunners: Partner with Silver and Black Give Back program

Fedra Chapa and Tessa Benavides
Silver and Black Give Back

UTSA students Fedra Chapa (left) and Tessa Benavides

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(May 9, 2013) -- Three years ago, Silver & Black Give Back -- the Spurs Sports & Entertainment nonprofit -- launched the Team Up Challenge. Last year, UTSA students Fedra Chapa and Tessa Benavides were paired with two of the groups recently named Team Up Challenge Champions. Their student groups received $20,000 respectively to continue serving their communities.

The Team Up Challenge is a unique youth-led, service-learning program that challenges K-12 students to address a community need. Students must create a program that falls into one of these five categories: arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness or uniformed services.

Each Team Up Challenge group is paired with a college student Scholar to provide guidance throughout the year of service. Scholars provide assistance to the students in the planning and execution stages of the projects. Throughout the year, Scholars help the Team Up Challenge students bring to life what is taught in the classroom, while also navigating students through the real-world hurdles they may face.

Last year, the very first group of Team Up Challenge Scholars, presented by AT&T, was selected. UTSA provided five Team Up Challenge Scholars, and Silver & Black Give Back is grateful for the continued interest and support shown by the Roadrunner community. Among these five students were Chapa and Benavides. Both Chapa and Benavides are students in the Master of Public Administration degree program in the UTSA College of Public Policy.

In addition to providing guidance, Scholars coordinate a day to bring students to the UTSA campus for a college visit. Some of the Team Up students will be the first in their families to actively pursue a college degree. The positive influence from a Team Up Scholar can go a long way in motivating the K-12 students to plan for life after high school.

With the Team Up Challenge program, Silver & Black Give Back sees youth-led service learning happening on more than one level as K-12 students bring projects to life and college students guide them along the way.

While the 2013 Summer Team Up Challenge projects are getting underway, Silver & Black Give Back is already planning for the 2013-2014 Team Up Challenge year. College students interested in becoming a Scholar can submit an application at TeamUpChallenge.com. Scholars receive invaluable leadership training and a $500 stipend per semester that runs Sept. 11-April 15.

For more information, visit the Silver & Black Give Back website.

 

 

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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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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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