By Kevin Femmel
Student Writer, Office of University Communications
(Oct. 24, 2012) -- Over the summer, the UTSA chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Alpha Xi, a sociology honor society, raised $1,057 for refugee children in need of basic supplies for the school year. They teamed up with Northside Independent School District Elementary Specialist Marci Barrientos to raise funds to purchase clothing and other items for refugee students at local elementary schools such as Colonies North and Glen Oaks.
Money was raised through online donations from fellow students, faculty, family and friends during the second summer session. Ultimately, the $1,057 raised led to the purchase of 105 pairs of pants, 18 belts, 115 shirts, 29 packages of socks, 48 packages of underwear, 75 tooth brushes and 75 tubes of toothpaste.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the honors organization delivered the items to the principals and children at Colonies North Elementary.
Colonies North is home to a large number of refugee children who have a hard time acquiring clothes and other supplies for school. Colonies North Principal Kris Cotton was pleased with the results of the Alpha Kappa Delta fundraising saying, "It was a wonderful fund raiser. Our ESL students will greatly appreciate the new clothes."
"Many of the children live in apartments where quarters are needed to wash their clothing. They don't have many clothes, and sometimes they may need to wear clothes that are dirty to school," said Cotton.
She noted that if they notice a trend in the children's clothing being dirty, they will "give the students other clothes to wear while we wash their clothes." Colonies North has a washer and dryer on campus that can be used to accommodate the refugee students, as needed.
More than 5,000 refugees currently reside in San Antonio. Refugee children have been relocated in San Antonio from countries including Iraq, Burundi, Nepal and Myanmar. In order to be given asylum and classified as refugees, these families had to leave their home countries and then prove that they feared for their lives and were under persecution.
Raquel Marquez, professor in the UTSA Department of Sociology praised the efforts of Alpha Kappa Delta-Alpha Xi students in raising money for the refugees.
"We're very proud of our students; they really took this request seriously," said Marquez. "They spent the whole summer fundraising."
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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