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Extreme Makeover UTSA Edition: Students help beautify the university

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Participants in Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition at the Main Campus

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(Oct. 8, 2013) -- Two hundred and seventy UTSA students participated in a variety of collaborative projects to beautify the UTSA Main Campus on Friday, Oct. 4. This year's projects included litter pick-up around campus, gardening and mulching beds adjacent to the tennis courts, and creating a granite pathway and bike rack space near the University Center, among other projects.

The event was coordinated by the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center Volunteer Services office with collaboration from UTSA grounds, facilities, parking and housing departments. Facilities and grounds staff members worked hard to plan projects for the students that would be noticed by the UTSA community. The sponsored student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community, Education and Service) supplied more than half the volunteers and 31 other student organizations were represented at the event.

Jerome Scott, Student Government Association secretary, participated in a project to clean the H-E-B University Center windows and said, "Extreme Makeover: UTSA Edition was an event that greatly contributed to the beautification of our campus. It is important for students to participate in projects like this because we need to understand that we are responsible for ensuring that our campus is physically appealing for ourselves and for guests that come on campus."

The purpose event helps UTSA students connect with the institution and also learn about the behind-the-scenes employees who work diligently to keep the campus clean on a daily basis. The project planning team included student Kaelie Gonzalez, advisers Cristina Dominguez and Leslianne Garcia, facilities staff members Della Reyes, Frederick Wiedner and John Bray, Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management staff member Anastacio Alvarez, Housing and Residence Life staff member Amy Fritz, Parking staff member Shelley Deats and several other staff members and student leaders who helped lead projects.

>> View more photos from the event, at the UTSA Student Affairs Facebook page.

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This fall, VOICES celebrates 20 years of service at UTSA. Learn more at the VOICES website.

For more information on service activities, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement website or go to the Volunteer Services/VOICES office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the Main Campus, email volunteer@utsa.edu or call 210-458-7291.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
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Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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