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UTSA students dedicate break to giving back to the community

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UTSA students on Alternative Spring Break

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(March 27, 2014) -- Twenty-nine UTSA students and six staff members traveled across the country to dedicate their spring break to service as part of the UTSA Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. This year, Volunteer Services and VOICES coordinated two ASB destination trips in St. Louis, Mo., and Biloxi, Miss., and one local trip in San Antonio.

The ASB program has engaged students in service during the break for several years through the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES) and UTSA Volunteer Services.

Students worked with Mission St. Louis, an agency dedicated to empowering people to transform their lives, families and neighborhoods. Students provided assistance to people experiencing hunger and poverty. They painted homes, cleaned gutters and completed other household repairs for those in need. The students also participated in The Bridge Walk, which provides meals and support services for the homeless of St. Louis.

"My experience with ASB was more than I imagined," said Amber Calvert, ASB trip leader for the St. Louis group. "It made me realize how truly blessed I was for my life and being able to help others live a better life. It is definitely something that I would recommend and something that I would do again while here at UTSA."

The Biloxi cohort worked with the Community Collaborations International agency. They participated in ecosystem restoration along the Gulf Coast. Projects included shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, wildlife habitat improvement, dune restoration, public land restoration and invasive species removal. The environmental projects build an understanding of coastal ecosystems and watersheds and how they are affected by manmade and natural disasters.

Student who stayed in San Antonio worked with the Guadalupe Community Center to assist with the children's spring break camp. Students led the children though daily arts and crafts projects, recreation time and educational programs.

"It was great to meet new people and learn about the community in different areas," said Aleera Marie Barrera, an ASB participant. "I learned a lot about myself and others on this trip, which was a great learning experience overall."

For more information about Alternative Spring Break, visit the Volunteer Services office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 or the VOICES website.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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