(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.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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Convocation Center, Main Campus
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H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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Convocation Center, Main Campus
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Centro de Artes Gallery, 102 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio
The UTSA commnity is encouraged to get involved in this city-wide initiative to clean up the San Antonio area waterways. Roadsrunners will be cleaning up Maverick Creek on the west side of Main Campus.
Maverick Creek, Main Campus
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