(Dec. 11, 2013) -- Meet Chunhua "Tina" Yuan. She is a native of Gansu province in China, and volunteering runs through her blood.
Tina works at UTSA and the community every week on projects with the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service).
She came to UTSA in August 2012 from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she completed a bachelor's degree in general studies. She was drawn to UTSA because of the master's program in finance... and the warmer winters in South Texas.
Tina began volunteering more than five years ago in China, when she and some friends created a volunteer network of college students across the country who wanted to teach schoolchildren. Tina and her friends worked with schoolmasters in an impoverished area in the mountains to send college students for several weeks each summer and winter when they were on break.
"We put everyone in the back of an old truck for a three-hour journey to the mountains," she says. "And, the children were glad we came."
In San Antonio, she volunteers every week at organizations such as a food bank, a recycling center, Ronald McDonald House, Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries and the Humane Society. Tina and her VOICES colleagues do cleaning, organizing, cooking and serving meals, and anything else that needs to be done.
This month, she will finish a master's degree in finance in the UTSA College of Business. In February, she will return to her hometown in China.
"UTSA is a young university, and there is a lot of powerful energy here… and lots of activities to get involved in," says Tina. "I get a lot of joy from it."
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Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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