Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Tina Yuan has volunteering in her blood

Tina Yuan

Tina Yuan

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(Dec. 11, 2013) -- Meet Chunhua "Tina" Yuan. She is a native of Gansu province in China, and volunteering runs through her blood.

Tina works at UTSA and the community every week on projects with the student organization VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service).

She came to UTSA in August 2012 from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where she completed a bachelor's degree in general studies. She was drawn to UTSA because of the master's program in finance... and the warmer winters in South Texas.

Tina began volunteering more than five years ago in China, when she and some friends created a volunteer network of college students across the country who wanted to teach schoolchildren. Tina and her friends worked with schoolmasters in an impoverished area in the mountains to send college students for several weeks each summer and winter when they were on break.

"We put everyone in the back of an old truck for a three-hour journey to the mountains," she says. "And, the children were glad we came."

In San Antonio, she volunteers every week at organizations such as a food bank, a recycling center, Ronald McDonald House, Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries and the Humane Society. Tina and her VOICES colleagues do cleaning, organizing, cooking and serving meals, and anything else that needs to be done.

This month, she will finish a master's degree in finance in the UTSA College of Business. In February, she will return to her hometown in China.

"UTSA is a young university, and there is a lot of powerful energy here… and lots of activities to get involved in," says Tina. "I get a lot of joy from it."

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