(March 5, 2015) -- UTSA Roadrunners were out in full force at the annual San Antonio Basura Bash service event last week.
Nearly 100 UTSA community members contributed more than 300 service hours. The students volunteered with local community service organizations along the Leon Creek waterway south of campus.
UTSA participants included several students from environmental science classes, the College of Education and Human Development and the UTSA Campus Recreation Center’s Outdoor Pursuits Program as well as student organizations such as the Green Society and Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES).
The UTSA participants joined more than 2,000 citywide volunteers in a regional effort to clean the San Antonio Watershed. Volunteers scoured the tributaries of the San Antonio River to gather trash and other discarded materials.
"The importance of Basura Bash exists on multiple levels,” said Karen Engates, senior lecturer in the UTSA Environmental Science Program. “Getting individuals outside, in the local community, and picking up trash is just the beginning. It was a great form of exercise, and it enabled us to connect with each other as a team in a way that is not normally possible in the classroom. Most importantly, this event was a realization of how much we need to increase our commitment to the environment to protect our water resources, now and for the future."
Since Basura Bash began in 1995, more than 428 tons of trash and 44 tons of recyclables have been collected by thousands of volunteers.
For more information, visit the UTSA Center for Civic Engagement website.
To view photos from the event, visit the Center for Civic Engagement’s Facebook page.
In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA students, faculty, staff, alums & families are invited to march as a unified community. Register here: bit.ly/2TYbHbR. Shuttles will be provided from the Main and Downtown Campuses.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 MLK Dr., San Antonio
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.
Locations throughout the United States
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos Echeverria
Main Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.
Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Cir. #120, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.
Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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