United to Serve, a University of Texas System-wide volunteer initiative, will be held Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Students as well as staff and faculty volunteers will join forces with the nonprofit organization Keep McAllen Beautiful to paint homes and clean the yards of elderly, disabled and low-income residents in McAllen’s Idela Park area.
“In its fifth year, this annual project provides an opportunity for UTPA students to make a difference in the lives of others and to promote lifelong volunteerism, which is characteristic of leaders,” said Amy Martin, assistant to the UTPA Dean of Students.
During last year’s project, volunteers participated in a beautification project at the World Birding Center in Edinburg that included planting bed and mulching park trails, cleaning and planting wetlands, securing observation decks and building a pergola to serve in the center’s grass and wildflower gathering area. Each year a project is chosen by a 12-member committee of students, staff and faculty based on the significance of the project in the community and how many students it can accommodate.
Other events during Leadership Week include a highly interactive and exciting presentation titled “Major in Success” by motivational speaker Patrick Combs on Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. On Thursday, April 17 there will be three events – a Salute to Student Leaders held noon-1 p.m. in the Ballroom sponsored by the Student Leadership Academy; an Interview and Job Seminar planned for 4-5 p.m. in the Student Union Palmetto Room; and a Leadership at the Lawn outdoor movie, “The Great Debaters,” at 8 p.m. on the Quad.
On Friday, April 17, a Student Employment Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom and at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theater students can “Experience the Extraordinary” with Craig Karges, an award-winning entertainer, nationally recognized speaker, and author. Karges challenges his audience’s imaginations when tables float, metal bends and minds are read.
Sponsors and organizers of Leadership Week include the Student Leadership Academy, Student Leadership Program, Office of Career Services, Student Union, Office of Student Development and the University Program Board.
If you would like to volunteer to participate in the United to Serve project or need additional information, contact Martin or Orlando Hinojosa, Student Leadership Academy intern, at 956/381-2260.