(May 8, 2013) -- The Northside Independent School District (NISD) honored the UTSA Volunteer Services Program led by program coordinator Cristina Dominguez at its annual Partnerships and Recognitions Awards ceremony April 16. The program received the Outstanding Partnership Program Award for its work with at-risk students attending the Northside Alternative Middle School North campus (NAMS North). Dominguez accepted the award on behalf of the program.
NISD Superintendent Brian Woods and the NISD Board of Trustees individually recognized the winners. UTSA Volunteer Services and fellow winners now will compete at the state level in the Texas Association of Partners in Education awards contest.
Last fall, the partnership between UTSA Volunteer Services and NAMS North created a mentor program aimed at helping at-risk students at the school believe they can change their future. The partnership has seen a profound impact on many of these students’ attitudes toward education. The UTSA volunteers mentor NAMS North students on the value of education and teach them about the different avenues for academic success.
Many of the students have encountered obstacles to success such as gang activity, drug abuse, violence or criminal behaviors that have dissuaded them from trying to succeed in school. The volunteers attempt to guide the middle school students to better life choices by educating them about how wrong choices can have a profoundly negative effect on their lives. Additionally, the NAMS North students are taught about the college application process, what admissions offices look for in prospective students and the financial aid process.
The UTSA Volunteer Services Program aims to connect the UTSA and San Antonio communities through a broad range of community engagement and service learning project opportunities for student involvement while addressing social issues and community needs.
>> Learn more at the UTSA Volunteer Services Program 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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