(Feb. 5, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sponsored 28 UTSA students at the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference Jan. 17-20 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Included in the group were four SBSLC alumni, who were accepted in the SBSLC Advanced Leadership Institute.
This year's participants included Nicci Campbell, Porcsha Presley, Willyam "BJ" Winston and Malcolm Ramey. With more than 550 attending, the theme of the 25th annual conference was "Embrace the Unknown." The conference featured workshops, a career and vendor fair, the Advanced Leadership Institute, a poetry slam, town hall meetings, an oratorical contest, social gatherings, an entertainment night and a closing banquet.
UTSA students Miracle Cooke and Rosalyn Huff prepared and delivered a speech as part of a competition. The speech was on the underrepresentation of black people and the role of black identity in the culture of corporate America. Cooke was awarded runner-up and received a trophy and gift card. The Student Leadership Center selected students for the conference from across campus. Each student was asked to keep a journal during the event in order to reflect on his or her personal experience. The journals will be passed on to future conference participants.
"This conference really made me want to go out and do more around the campus, plus I was able to talk to people that I never had the chance to speak to before," said Christina Adebowale. "The networking opportunities and sessions all made for a very positive experience."
"I have already begun to tell other students around campus to apply for this conference next year," Brittany Sims said. "It was a great leadership opportunity, and although you will receive only as much as you put in, if you are going for the right reasons, then you will experience so much personal and leadership growth."
"After attending SBSLC, I have a better definition of the leader I want to be and the skills I need to get there," said Nikke Ijoma. "I also feel that I have more school spirit and feel more connected to UTSA."
"I would definitely recommend this conference to other students," said Ashley La Fleur. "Not only was I able to network with professionals and schools from all over the nation, but I was given a chance to attend sessions really specific to my needs. I think that was great because not many conferences have such a personal aspect."
For more information, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or go to University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
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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