(Feb. 4, 2014) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center hosted 30 students at the 2014 Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Among the group of 30 students were five SBSLC alumni who were accepted to return as part of the Advanced Leadership Institute within the conference.
This year's institute participants included Nicolaus Cousby, Zachary Dunn, Alexis Gillum, Courtney Hunter and Christian Ume-Ezeoke. The Jan. 16-19 conference had more than 550 participants.
The 26th annual conference included inspiring keynote speakers such as Hakeem Oluseyi, Angela B. Murray and Rachelle Clack, who spoke on the conference's theme, Leaders Over Limits. The conference had the annual Poetry Slam, workshop sessions, town hall meetings, an oratorical contest, entertainment night, a collegiate social and a closing banquet featuring keynote speaker Judy Smith, founder and CEO of crisis management company Smith & Company. She also is a consultant for the ABC TV show, "Scandal."
The Student Leadership Center selected diverse students from across the university to represent UTSA. The students were challenged to bring their experiences back to UTSA to better serve their community. To reflect on their personal experiences during the conference, each student was provided with a journal at the beginning of the four-day trip. Their inspired entries and journals will be passed to the students attending the conference next year.
Some of the students shared their insights:
"SBSLC gave me the opportunity to network and develop the leader within myself. The workshops were relevant to my real-life situation and opened opportunities for me to grow personally and professionally." -- Jasmine Jackson, sophomore criminal justice major
"My experience at A.L.I. was one of the most engaging leadership experiences I have had in my collegiate career. Over the course of the conference, we were challenged both as individuals and as a group to think about leadership in ways we had been previously unexposed to. I would recommend this conference to any student who is looking to take their leadership experience to the next level." -- Zack Dunn, junior finance major
"My experience at SBSLC was phenomenal. I met and bonded with so many like-minded student leaders. It was so rewarding to see others students do great things from other campuses all over the nation." -- Courtney Hunter, junior marketing major
"Coming together I feel we gained more insight on what it truly means to be a leader, and this experience further enforced that as leaders we can overcome any limits or obstacles. My involvement with the Advanced Leadership Institute taught me that people don't choose to follow a leader because of what they do, they follow a leader because of why they choose to be a leader." -- Christian Ume-Ezeoke, senior community health major
For more information about programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center temporary location in University Center Room 2.01.04 or visit the SLC website.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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