(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 email@example.com.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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