(Aug. 8, 2014) -- UTSA students Amber Calvert and Ebonie Carter recently returned from volunteering in the Alternative Break Citizenship School (ABCs), an experiential training conference dedicated to creating quality alternative break programs. The program is hosted by Break Away at the Community College of Baltimore County and University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Calvert and Carter along with 68 other participants from 42 universities around the country partnered with 11 unique, grassroots organizations in Baltimore that address issues of food insecurity. Their service included gardening, weeding, harvesting, and creating flower beds with urban farms and food distribution groups.
After their service was complete each day, participants had trainings and networking opportunities to share ideas and best practices for alternative break programs. Topics included social justice, reflection, diversity, reorientation, branding and many more.
The students will bring the knowledge they learned back to UTSA to implement through the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES) Alternative Spring Break program. Calvert has plans to strengthen the brand of "ASB" on the UTSA campuses and the reorientation process.
The UTSA Alternative Spring Break program is an experiential co-curricular service-learning experience that empowers and challenges students to understand their relationship with the global community through education, reflection and direct service. ASB trips have taken students to St. Louis, Biloxi, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and other destinations.
To learn more about alternative break trips or to become a faculty-staff adviser, email Cristina.Dominguez@utsa.edu.
Learn about volunteer opportunities at the UTSA Volunteer Services website or visit the Volunteer Services office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the UTSA Main Campus or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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