(March 5, 2014) -- Meet Christian Ume-Ezeoke. He is a natural leader working hard to find new ways to empower his community.
"I try to stay active in my community because staying busy and involved is very important to future success," said Ume-Ezeoke. "It gives your mind focus, and it gives you purpose. Every organization or community member that I have worked with has helped mold me into the person that I am today, and I am grateful for that."
What drives him to spend nearly all of his time giving back? According to Ume-Ezeoke, 28, he first decided that he wanted to dedicate himself to being a community leader after attending the LeaderShape Institute, a six-day educational leadership experience hosted by the UTSA Student Leadership Center.
He said that attending the institute gave him the focus that he felt was missing from his life up until that point. He knew he wanted to empower people through service for the rest of his life. Since then, there's been no stopping him from finding new avenues for public service.
"Christian has made a long-lasting, positive impact on UTSA by serving his fellow students with his whole heart," said Jana Schwartz, program coordinator at the UTSA Student Leadership Center. "He has seized many opportunities and achieved so much in his young life. I am so moved by his strong convictions and values. Christian has a true passion for people, and that's what drives his desire to succeed so he can effectively lead within his community."
Ume-Ezeoke is a student worker at the UTSA Student Leadership Center, a member of Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Services (VOICES), a former Student Government Association senator and chief of staff, a member of the UTSA Honors Alliance, former secretary of Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR) and serves as the health chair for the UTSA chapter of the NAACP. He is a former president of the UTSA chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society. He also recently was appointed a member of President Ricardo Romo's prestigious Student Leadership Council.
Ume-Ezeoke plans to graduate this May. After he graduates, he would like to attend graduate school to study health and kinesiology. His goal is to attend medical school after he obtains his master's degree. Until then, he'll be at the UTSA Student Leadership Center planning how next to strengthen his community.
Do you know a UTSA student who is affecting positive change in their community? Email us at email@example.com so that we may consider your suggestion for our next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
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.
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