(Aug. 2, 2013) -- UTSA students Leslianne Garcia and Courtney Hunter recently spent a week learning the art of facilitating an alternative break experience from the Alternative Break Citizenship Schools (ABCs). This year, the focus of ABCs was "National Parks: Preservation by the People, for the People," hosted at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
ABCs consists of weeklong intensive training sessions that combine workshops, discussions, service, reflection and speakers with an alternative break experience. Since 1993, ABCs has been hosted by Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection. At this year's session, the students also participated in conservation and preservation service activities to benefit the park.
Garcia, Hunter and 38 other participants representing 27 universities around the country partnered with the National Park Services Science and Resource Management's Vegetation and Hazard Tree Program. Together, the 40 participants supplemented over $14,000 of work with the nearly 1,400 volunteer hours they provided.
Garcia and Hunter plan the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at UTSA through the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service). ASB is an experiential service-learning experience that empowers and challenges students to understand their relationship with the global community.
Past ASB trips include Atlanta, Oklahoma, Big Bend National Park, New Orleans and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Students have returned to UTSA inspired by the dedication of participants and with the enthusiasm to implement many of the concepts they learned. Some of their new initiatives include adding a winter break trip, adding weekend trips and increasing overall participation in alternative breaks.
>> This fall, VOICES will celebrate 20 years of service at UTSA. Learn more at the VOICES website.
>> To learn more about alternative break trips or being a faculty-staff adviser, contact Leslianne Garcia at 210-458-7291. Applications for this year's trip will be available September 2013.
>> Learn about volunteer opportunities at the UTSA Volunteer Services website, visit the Volunteer Services office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the UTSA Main Campus or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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