(June 20, 2013) --This month, high school student representatives from six San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley magnet schools will participate in a three-day leadership program hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Business Center for Professional Excellence (CPE). The program is part of the CPE's long-term effort to expand its Leadership Challenge course to schools throughout San Antonio and South Texas to help more young people recognize their leadership potential.
"Everyone has leadership potential. The challenge is creating the conditions for its emergence," said Robert Lengel, UTSA associate dean of executive education and CPE director. "We hope to help these young students embark upon a personal, introspective learning journey to explore and recognize their capacities to lead in their schools and in their lives in a way that creates real change."
Four magnet schools from South Texas Independent School District (STISD) including the South Texas Business Education and Technology Academy, South Texas High School for Health Professions, South Texas Academy for Medical Professions and Science Academy of South Texas, and two Northside Independent School District magnet schools, Health Careers High School and John Jay Science and Engineering Academy, will send five student representatives each to UTSA June 25-27.
During the program, Lengel will introduce the students to a new perspective on leadership, one that is more open-minded, accepting of diversity, creative and capable of recognizing and adapting to complex organizational dynamics.
CPE assistant director and senior lecturer Gary Larsen will lead the students in the Mount Everest Leadership and Teamwork Simulation developed by Harvard University. During the exercise, the students will experience group dynamics and leadership through the dramatic setting of a simulated Mount Everest expedition, while playing one of five roles on a team of hikers.
Additionally, the students will learn about the For the Kids (FTK) project, a community-wide effort spearheaded by UTSA to support local families battling childhood cancer through fundraising and friendship. Each student team will work closely with UTSA undergraduate student leaders and Executive M.B.A. students to develop a strategic plan for executing FTK fundraising and pediatric cancer awareness activities at their own schools during the 2013-2014 school year.
Cindy Keller, an administrator for STISD, said, "STISD is thrilled to participate in a collaborative project with UTSA that yields so many simultaneous benefits. Embracing the Leadership Challenge philosophy and FTK project in our schools will forever impact the hearts of our students, staff and community."
The Center for Professional Excellence is the home of executive education programming in the UTSA College of Business. Through its internationally recognized research program, the CPE explores leadership and organizational transformation from the perspective of the blended lenses of the arts and sciences and the application of innovative conversational technologies.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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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