(Feb. 17, 2014) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sent four undergraduate students -- Zack Dunn, Christian Ume-Ezeoke, Salma Mendez and Katrina Parkey -- and two advisers -- Ann-Margaret Gonzalez and Vincent Perez -- to the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) Feb. 14-16 at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
More than 600 hundred students from across North America attended, and it was the first time UTSA was represented at the conference. The student-run event emphasizes the connection between leadership, social justice and service. There were service activities, workshops and guest speakers focused on how to break down leadership barriers and adopt leadership as a way of life.
Keynote speakers included Eric Fortenberry, the founder of OrgSync, and Ben Simon, founder and executive director of the Food Recovery Network. The students participated in a case study competition, developing a program to help support students in military families. The UTSA group placed second in the event.
The students are now tasked with bringing what they learned back to UTSA and discussing leadership programming with student organizations.
Salma Mendez, a sophomore studying international business and finance, said, "NCLC was an experience that exceeded my greatest expectations. It focused on areas of leadership development that strengthened my ability to lead, such as sustainability, time management, teamwork and international lifestyle design."
Katrina Parkey, a junior history major, said, "My time at the NCLC pushed me to not only become a better leader, but a better person as well. Participating in the case study competition helped me further develop my teamwork skills and presentation style. I created friendships with fellow UTSA students and students from throughout North America."
For information on this and other leadership development opportunities, contact the UTSA Student Leadership Center at 210-458-7967 or visit the center in its temporary location in the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, University Center Room 2.01.04, Main Campus.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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