(Jan. 29, 2014) -- Meet Roxanne Bowman. Next summer, many San Antonians will pack their suitcases for a week at the beach, or maybe a weekend venture to the Texas Hill Country, but not Bowman. She will be taking a much longer trip, a trip not for relaxation, but to help the community in a Third World country.
For a month this summer, the May 2012 graduate of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, will travel to Cambodia to work with the New Hope Volunteers HIV/AIDS Project, a worldwide volunteering program.
"It has always been a dream of mine to do something like this," said Bowman, who works full-time at the City of San Antonio's HIV/AIDS department.
According to the World Health Organization, of the 34 million people worldwide living with HIV, 76,000 are Cambodian.
Bowman will educate Cambodians about HIV and also will perform HIV tests. She also will work with HIV/AIDS-infected children, ages two to 18, in local orphanages alongside local doctors, nurses and other New Hope volunteers.
Bowman says UTSA played a major role in her passion for the study of infectious diseases and her desire to give back.
"I really want to make a difference in someone's life, whether it is in San Antonio or any other city in the world," Bowman said. "I want to bring back important lessons learned from the patients and workers in Cambodia. My hope is that my work inspires someone to change their behavior, to get tested and to educate others about HIV/AIDS."
>> For more information about Bowman's trip or to donate, visit the Volunteer Forever website.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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