(May 23, 2014) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center hosted the fourth annual UTSA session of the LeaderShape Institute May 11-16. Sixty-six UTSA students spent the week learning to lead with integrity at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels.
The students were immersed in the developmental experience by gaining tools and resources to help them transform the world. Throughout the six days, the students were tasked with discovering where their true passion lies and developing their vision for positive change.
Each student developed an action plan, or blueprint, to outline how he or she would reach their goals. While becoming agents of change, the students discovered their personal leadership philosophy based on how their individual strengths and experiences can benefit the entire community.
Guiding the students throughout the event were their family cluster facilitators, which included Eliot Howard, associate director of student leadership development; Vincent Perez, graduate assistant for the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion; Emma Hashman, student development specialist for the Tomas Rivera Center;Christa Winkler, coordinator for student conduct and community standards; and Jonathan Bange, assistant director of Campus Recreation at the Downtown Campus.
The students did much of their vision work within their family clusters, which consisted of 13 or 14 students per cluster. During the six days, the cluster facilitators and their family clusters grew close and became a place full of support and encouragement.
On May 13, the evening's events started with welcoming remarks by UTSA President Ricardo Romo. The students then participated in a guest leader panel discussion involving San Antonio community leaders.
The guest panel, hosted by Carol Gonzalez, UTSA student ombudsperson, included Scott Ackerson, vice president for strategic relationships at Haven for Hope; Roy Schroer, vice president of Human Resources at Union Pacific; Manny Longoria '97, owner and agent for Nationwide Insurance; Danny Zimmermann '01, principal engineer at Cleary Zimmermann Engineers; and Andrea Hardeman, talent acquisition manager at Nationwide Insurance.
UTSA administrators also visited with students during the program including Sam Gonzales, vice president for student affairs; Kevin Price, associate vice president and dean of students; and Kristi Meyer, director of the Top Scholars program.
For more information about the programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website, call 210-458-7967 or go to University Center Suite 2.01.04 on the Main Campus.
>> Visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center Facebook page to view photos from this year's institute.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
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Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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