(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 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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