Friday, October 09, 2015


Extreme Makeover UTSA Edition: Students help beautify the university


Participants in Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition at the Main Campus

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(Oct. 8, 2013) -- Two hundred and seventy UTSA students participated in a variety of collaborative projects to beautify the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Oct. 4. This year's projects included litter pick-up around campus, gardening and mulching beds adjacent to the tennis courts, and creating a granite pathway and bike rack space near the University Center, among other projects.

The event was coordinated by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center Volunteer Services office with collaboration from UTSA grounds, facilities, parking and housing departments. Facilities and grounds staff members worked hard to plan projects for the students that would be noticed by the UTSA community. The sponsored student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) supplied more than half the volunteers and 31 other student organizations were represented at the event.

Jerome Scott, Student Government Association secretary, participated in a project to clean the H-E-B University Center windows and said, "Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition was an event that greatly contributed to the beautification of our campus. It is important for students to participate in projects like this because we need to understand that we are responsible for ensuring that our campus is physically appealing for ourselves and for guests that come on campus."

The purpose event helps UTSA students connect with the institution and also learn about the behind-the-scenes employees who work diligently to keep the campus clean on a daily basis. The project planning team included student Kaelie Gonzalez, advisers Cristina Dominguez and Leslianne Garcia, facilities staff members Della Reyes, Frederick Wiedner and John Bray, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management staff member Anastacio Alvarez, Housing and Residence Life staff member Amy Fritz, Parking staff member Shelley Deats and several other staff members and student leaders who helped lead projects.

>> View more photos from the event, at the UTSA Student Affairs Facebook page.


This fall, VOICES celebrates 20 years of service at UTSA. Learn more at the VOICES website.

For more information on service activities, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement website or go to the Volunteer Services/VOICES office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus, email or call 210-458-7291.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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