(July 2, 2014) -- Meet Evin Eiteljorge. He’s part of a group of students who sees a need in the community and acts.
A graduate student in the College of Education and Human Development, Eiteljorge and his service-learning class of five students have recently taken steps to help with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve recently found their way to the border
“We saw it as a global need and we also saw it as something we didn’t know much about,” he said. “This service-learning project helps both us and the community.”
As part of the project, the class researched various issues facing the community that they could learn more about, while finding ways to help with the issue.
“We started going through a bunch of newspapers looking to see what the problems are in the community. From there things started snowballing,” Eiteljorge said.
They contacted local agencies helping with the surge and visited a shelter at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland to gauge the children’s needs. They’ve started collecting donated items in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the children, including items such as hygiene products, stuffed animals, arts and crafts supplies and journals.
“Our class is a very diverse group and it’s nice that we can come together on an issue and want to do something about it,” Eiteljorge said. “We really want to do as much as we can.”
Their project is led by Elizabeth Pate, who Eiteljorge says has been instrumental in helping them through the process.
“Our professor, Elizabeth Pate, is an incredible person. While she is fluid in letting us direct the class, she always keeps us oriented in the right direction, even if we don't realize it,” he said.
Eiteljorge plans to become a high school chemistry teacher after he graduates from UTSA with his master’s degree next fall. He says service-learning, a UTSA priority, is one of the most critical things he wants to pass on to the next generation.
“I think it’s incredibly important because we don’t live in isolation. We live in a community and I think it’s important for students to know how important they are to the community and how important the community is to them,” he said.
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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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