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Extreme Makeover, UTSA Edition: Campus beautification project is Oct. 4

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Volunteers do painting and landscaping projects as part of Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition

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(Sept. 27, 2013) -- The UTSA community is invited to be a part of UTSA’s annual beautification project, Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition, which will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4. It is a good time to show your school pride and to make a difference on your campus by participating in the cleanup day.

>> To sign up for Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition, visit the Volunteer Services/VOICES office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus, email or call 210-458-7291.

Last year, 185 UTSA students and 20 student organizations participated in a range of collaborative projects to beautify the UTSA Main Campus. The projects included:

  • Placing brick edging around flower beds and planting shrubs and greenery around the Convocation Center
  • Spreading mulch around trees and flower beds at the Laurel Village residence facility
  • Painting doors and rails at the Convocation Center and picking up trash across the campus

This year, projects will include:

  • Litter pick-up around campus
  • Gardening and beautifying beds adjacent to the tennis courts
  • Creating a granite pathway and bike rack area near the University Center

The event is coordinated by the UTSA student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) with collaboration from the UTSA grounds, facilities and housing departments. This fall, VOICES celebrates 20 years of service at UTSA. Learn more at the VOICES website.

Facilities and grounds staff members work hard each year to plan projects, and the results are always noticed and appreciated by the UTSA community. The planning team includes student Kaelie Gonzalez, advisers Cristina Dominguez and Leslianne Garcia, and facilities staff members.

For more information on service activities, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement website or call 210-458-7291.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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