(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.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.