Roadrunners stayed active on many fronts over the "break," including helping communities outside of San Antonio, while strengthening our own community through successful recruiting of new Roadrunners!
This past week 29 UTSA students and 6 staff members dedicated their Spring Break to service. These 35 UTSA students and staff participated in UTSA’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. The ASB program has been engaging students in service during spring break for several years now through the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES) and the Volunteer Services.This year Volunteer Services and VOICES coordinated two ASB destination trips in St. Louis, MO, and Biloxi, MS, and one local trip in San Antonio, TX.
Students in St. Louis worked with ‘Mission St. Louis’ an agency that is dedicated to empowering people to transform their lives, families, and neighborhoods. Students engaged in outreach programs that provided assistance to people experiencing hunger and poverty. They painted homes, cleaned gutters, and other household repairs for those in need. These students also participated in ‘The Bridge Walk’ which provides meals and support services for the homeless of St. Louis.
In Biloxi students worked with ‘Community Collaborations International’ agency in which they participated in Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Projects included shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, wild-life habitat improvement, dune restoration, public land restoration and invasive species removal. These environmental projects are designed to build an understanding of coastal ecosystems and watersheds and how they affected by manmade and natural disasters.
In San Antonio students worked with ‘The Guadalupe Community Center’ and assisted with their children’s spring break camp. Students were able to lead the children though daily arts and crafts projects, recreation time, and educational programs.
For more information about Alternative Spring Break, visit the Volunteer Services office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 or visit the VOICES website.
Graduate Assistant, Student Center for Community Engagement & Inclusion
Last week campus might have been quiet, but the Admissions office was busy in the Ballrooms hosting 1,860 guests on campus. The Welcome Center team did a fantastic job at coordinating a successful campus experience for all that visited.
Special recognition goes out to Georgina Rodriguez and Jeanette Francovich for stepping in as leaders and making sure all logistics were in place.
Also, campus tours would not have been successful if we did not have UTSA students available to share their experiences with all that visited. THANK YOU SAO’s - your devotion to providing campus tours during Spring Break for our office is extremely appreciated!
Thank you to all Admissions staff members that ensured committee files were being completed, the Welcome Center was covered, registration was fully staffed for our tours, and much more. Last week would not have been possible if it wasn’t for each of you!
Evelyn Betancourt Martinez
Associate Director, Admissions