UTSA students benefit from new Student Leadership Center programs

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From left are UTSA students Ana Navarro, Leslie Garcia, Bryan Barahona and Maritza Villegas

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(Nov. 5, 2010)--The new UTSA Student Leadership Center recently sent four UTSA students -- Ana Navarro, Leslie Garcia, Bryan Barahona and Maritza Villegas -- to the 2010 Adelante Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair. The conference hosts students from across the country and provides networking opportunities to build student confidence for today's competitive job market. Students return to their campuses after developing leadership and communication skills ready to make an impact in their community.

Ana Navarro, a sophomore studying international business, hopes to contribute to the economic development of third-world countries after completing her degree at UTSA. At the conference, she found the workshops very helpful and enjoyed the networking activities. "It felt like I had known everyone forever, and even though it had only been a couple of days, we were almost like a family," said Navarro.

Leslie Garcia, a senior studying history, plans to work in the education field and attend graduate school. At the conference, she was excited to meet others with similar interests and goals and to establish numerous professional contacts.

Bryan Barahona, a sophomore in architecture, is a leader in the UTSA Orientation and Family program. He was inspired by the speakers and learned a great deal about how to prepare for the workforce.

Maritza Villegas, a senior pursuing a degree in Mexican-American studies, plans to work for a nonprofit organization or attend graduate school. She benefited from the resume review and said the conference put her mind on track for her goals after graduation. "The team building exercises got you to work together and talk about what leadership means to you," she noted.

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The Student Leadership Center is accepting applications to attend the Texas Conference for Women. The event is Nov. 10 in Houston. The conference provides opportunities for professional development, networking and personal growth. It is another excellent opportunity for UTSA students to gain skills that to benefit their campus and community.

For more information about the conference and Student Leadership Center programs, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or their office in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.