When asked what leadership meant to her, Jennifer stated, “Leadership means having the confidence in yourself to know that you are going to do the best job possible. Leaders come in different shapes, forms and characteristics. Believing in yourself to accomplish your goals, that is a true leader to me.” The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:
• Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
• Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
• Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
• Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community
Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center Website. www.utsa.edu/slc/
Four students were selected by the Student Leadership Center to attend this year’s conference. Ana Navarro, a sophomore studying International Business, would like to contribute in the economic development of third world countries upon completing her degree at UTSA. She greatly enjoyed the conference, especially the helpful workshops and networking activities. Bryan Barahona also attended the conference as a sophomore studying Architecture. Bryan is a leader on campus within the Orientation and Family Program. He commented on the motivating speakers and how helpful each session was with preparing him for workforce. Maritza Villegas, a senior pursuing a degree in Mexican American studies, will be graduating this May and has plans to either work for a non-profit organization or attend graduate school. She benefited from the resume review and how the conference was able to put her mind on track for her goals after graduation. Leslie Garcia, a senior studying History, has plans to work within the education field and attend graduate school. She was very surprised by how much she benefited from attending the conference and how easily she made friends that shared similar interests and goals.
The students were excited to share about their positive experience and recommended that UTSA students continue attending the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair each year. All four students commented on the useful networking activities and how participating in the program provided outstanding professional contacts. When asked about the networking opportunities, Ana Navarro stated that, “It felt like I had known everyone forever, even though it had only been a couple of days, we were almost like a family.” Maritza also enjoyed the different opportunities to network and discuss leadership. She felt like the conference could benefit anyone and stated, “The team building exercises got you to work together and talk about what leadership meant to you.”
The Student Leadership Center is now accepting applications to the Texas Conference for Women. This upcoming, one-day event will take place in Houston, Texas on November 10, 2010. The conference provides opportunities for professional development, networking and personal growth. This will be another excellent opportunity for UTSA students to gain skills that will benefit their campus and community. If you are interested in applying for the Texas Conference for Women or want to find out more information about our programs, please visit the Student Leadership Center on campus (UC 1.002) or our website at www.utsa.edu/slc/.
MSG is defined as safe to consume by the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Community’s Scientific Committee, the Am
erican Medical Association, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. In fact, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization placed MSG in the safest category for food additives. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has concluded that MSG is not an allergen and is a safe food ingredient. However, it is possible that a person will have a mild reaction to extremely large doses of MSG, but this is usually transient and benign.
In reality, most of us consume large quantities of processed food each day, and these foods contain numerous additives. All food additives have to pass safety standards established by the Food & Drug Administration. To reduce the amount of food additives your consume, buy more fresh food products and prepare them yourself without added processed ingredients (ex. Pre-made sauces). Organic foods also contain additives, so you can’t get around it that way. But rest-assured, that anything added to your food has to pass safety standards and undergo years of scientific testing before it can be placed in your food items, including MSG.