(Jan. 8, 2013) -- Last month, 11 students in a class taught by Elizabeth Pate, UTSA professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, delivered boxes upon boxes of donations to the Salvation Army Women's Shelter. The students in the College of Education and Human Development course, Applied Service-Learning in Social Studies – Grades 4-8, set up donation bins around the UTSA Main Campus and invited friends and family members to contribute.
What began as a book drive evolved into a collection of books, clothing, shoes, toiletries, electronics, toys and more. During the donation delivery, students completed a new library for women and children and spent time talking with residents of the shelter.
The students chose the project after identifying a need in the community and visiting the agency to learn about their needs, functions and impact on women in San Antonio. Student Bonnie McGuire said, "It is icing on the cake that I am able to get a hands-on learning experience while giving back."
Service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives to make an impact on both student learning and the agency or community served. It integrates community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the student learning experience, instill a sense of civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
One student wrote that, "This was a personal, first-hand account of how our service was put to good use, as we were able to see exactly who benefited from our service." Another student wrote, "If a teacher can involve their students in projects like these, then they are creating an environment that is not only culturally relevant and socially just, but one that places an importance on teamwork, service, compassion, community awareness and authentic learning experiences."
"Volunteering offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the problems faced by these young women," said case manager Orlando Garcia.
The Salvation Army Women's Shelter provides support, encouragement and guidance for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Services include intake assessment, daily case management, and teaching parenting and life skills.
>> Learn more at the Salvation Army Women's Shelter website.
>> Learn more about service-learning programs at the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website.
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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