December News

The Student Leadership Center sends students to the 14th Annual Texas Conference for Women

On November 19th, the Student Leadership Center took 45 students to the 2013 Texas Conference for Women in Austin, Texas.  Held at the Austin Convention Center, the conference hosted over 5,000 participants. Nationally recognized speakers shared their wisdom and insights on a wide range of personal and professional topics.

Hosted by Texas First Lady Anita Perry, this year’s 14th annual conference included inspiring keynote speakers such as: Rachel Ray, Jennifer Lawson, Leyman Gbowee, and Esmeralda Santiago. Included within the conference were breakout sessions with panelist discussions, a health and wellness pavilion, vendor exhibit hall, and a career pavilion which included a mentor match program and resume critique. The students commented on how many great opportunities were included within a one day conference.

The Student Leadership Center selected students from different areas of campus in order to have a diverse group represent UTSA. Students were able to bring their different backgrounds to the conference and gain knowledge that will benefit their various communities. When asked about the conference, students provided excellent feedback.  Almost everyone commented on the caliber of keynote speakers and their motivating messages.  Some of the students shared their insights:

“I would definitely recommend the conference to my peers. It was a great experience with amazing and very inspiration keynote speakers, also an amazing networking and learning experience.” – Meagan Lavalais, senior, kinesiology

“The conference inspired me to become a better leader as well as a focus on myself more. I think future students can utilize a lot of information given there.” – Leslie Hernandez, senior, biology

I would recommend the conference to other people because it helps you understand the perspective of other types of people. I also feel like as a leader, I have grown because I can now better communicate with all types of people.” – James Comer, freshman, business

If you are interested in more information about our programs and events, please visit the Student Leadership Center on campus (UC 1.002) or our website at

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UC Study Breaks

The University Center invites all students to take a break from studying and final exams for some tasty snacks and a free chair massage in the UC Window Lounge from Wednesday, December 11 through Friday, December 13, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Massages are available on a first come, first served basis and will end promptly at 1:30 each day. Snacks and giveaways will be available while supplies last.

“We wanted to encourage our students to do well on their exams, and providing snacks and open study spaces seemed like the best way to show our appreciation for all that students do to support our facility,” said Herb Ganey, interim director of the UC.

Open Study Rooms

Open study rooms will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays from December 9 – 17 unless previously scheduled for an event or meeting. Study rooms that were previously booked for a meeting will have signs posted indicating they are temporarily unavailable. The following meeting rooms will be open for study use:

  • Acacia
  • Anaqua
  • Ash
  • Buckeye
  • Hawthorne
  • Magnolia
  • Chicano/a Cultural
  • Mesquite
  • Oak
  • Paloverde
  • Pecan
  • Wild Persimmon

The UC hopes as many students as possible can take advantage of this study space at this busy time of year. To ensure everyone has a pleasant experience, everyone using the study rooms is asked to follow a few guidelines:

  • Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Rooms will not be locked to hold your items if you choose to leave a room.
  • Be respectful of others using the study room.
  • Remove your trash and replace chairs at the end of your study session.

Good luck on finals!

Frost Bank is moving

Over the break, Frost Bank and the Student Leadership Center will be trading spaces in the UC. Assistant Dean of Students, Yvonne Peña, shares her excitement for the move:

“The Student Leadership Center is excitedly awaiting its new permanent home in University Center North. Our new home will be the Frost Bank location, it’s twice the size of our old space. We will have some storage space for all the trips the students take with our center, and it will also provide students more gathering space.”

The space is currently under renovation, so the Student Leadership Center is temporarily housed above Chili’s Too, in UC2.01.04.

December Graduation

The UC would like to congratulate all graduating seniors!  We hope that your time with the UC has provided you with many skills and attributes that will help you stand out in your respective careers.  Thank you for all you have done during your time at UTSA and we wish you the best in all future endeavors.

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