(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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may consider your suggestion for our next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus
The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
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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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