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UTSA Center for Policy Studies December Newsletter

December, 2010

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'Tis the season for giving and thanks! As the year comes to an end, we are looking back on an incredibly successful year and looking forward to a new year filled with new events and excitement. We are grateful for your continued support and participation and look forward to seeing more of you in 2011.

Happy Holidays!

UTSA Center for Policy Studies Staff


American Humanics
2nd Annual AH Showcase
Local Workshops
Local Employment Opportunities








American Humanics at UTSA is a national certification program in nonprofit management and leadership. Students participate in the program though coursework in nonprofit management at the graduate and undergraduate levels and membership in the American Humanics Student Association (AHSA), which is an organization dedicated to providing its members with cultural and social co-curricular opportunities with the intent of enriching the students' professional leadership potential in the field of nonprofit management and leadership in conjunction with American Humanics, Inc. and The University of Texas at San Antonio.
On November 16th the AH Glee Club had their debut performance at the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. They performed to an audience of over 500 nonprofit professionals and leaders.

Luz Lovins who headed up entertainement for the luncheon said;
"What a show! You all were awesome. Can't wait to see your performance next year! Can we have a closing act as well?"

In addition to being invited back next year, 3 other nonprofit organization asked if we would be available for their future events. AH Glee Club's Next scheduled performance will take place at the 2nd Annual AH Showcase on January 28th where select nonprofit organizations will be highlighted for the work they're doing in our community.

AHMI 2011
AH students are preparing for the American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI) in Orlando, Florida from January 2-6, 2011.
AH Students are actively fundraising for their new goal of $26,000, and have already raised over $12,000!

Students are learning hands-on what goes into a strong development plan and how to effectively fundraise through appeal letters and in-person ASKS. AH Executive Officer Mindy Wallen said; "Fundraising for AHMI this year has really made me see how easy it can be to approach a prospective donor, and AH at UTSA has helped me learn how to efficiently navigate through the fundraising process."

Special thanks to the following partners who, through generous donations, have become sponsors of this year's AHMI Student Travel:


Jeanette Pollock

Security Service Federal Credit Union

A complete list of current donors can be found here. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please fill out this form and mail it to the Center with your check OR to make a non tax-deductible donation online to help American Humanics Students attend AHMI 2011 please click here.

The American Humanics National Awards, presented annually at AHMI, recognize excellence in nonprofit workforce preparation as well as the professionals and organizations that support the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders.  The national awards being given this year include The Sprint Foundation Program Excellence Award


American Humanics at UTSA is 1 of 4 programs being considered for this award out of over 60 AH programs nationwide.

The Sprint Foundation Program Excellence Award is granted to the American Humanics campus program that exemplifies overall best practices in student recruitment, internship placement, marketing and certifications.  To date American Humanics at UTSA has won two national awards: the 2007 Excellence in Public Relations Award & the 2008-2009 Outstanding Certifications Benchmark Award.                                     

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Action Breakfast (formerly SmoochSA)
December 8, 2010

ActionCamp is merging with SmoochSA to form Action San Antonio! So SmoochSA breakfasts lose their silly name and become Action Breakfasts (easier to sell to upper management, anyway!). It's still free...and the same small group, problem-solving format. Remember to bring your laptops, cell phones, questions and brilliant brains!


December 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for tacos, coffee and brainstorming on social media policy.


Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health

8310 Ewing Halsell
San Antonio, TX 78229
To register for this event click here.

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"Building Relationships that Raise Money"

Marshall_Howard_Coverwith Marshall Howard, Author of Let's Have Lunch Together:

 How to Reach Out and Build More Powerful Relationships

December 9, 2010

Join us for this FREE workshop offered by UTSA Center for Policy Studies
at UTSA Downtown, FS 3.528 on Thursday, December 9 from 1-2pm.
Registration on a first-come, first served basis. Register here.

CPS_AFP_CONF_STD       2011 Annual AFP Conference

          February 24 & 25, 2011

Exciting Workshops, Exhibitors, Annual Fund, Technology, Major Gifts & CEO Tracks.
 For a complete list of presenters and to register click here. 


Mark Your Calendars and Buy Your Tickets!

CPS_newletter_showcaseJoin UTSA American Humanics students and staff, as we highlight the work of various nonprofit organizations in our community.

There will be appetizers, dessert, entertainment, and an opportunity to learn more about organizations that are making a real difference in San Antonio. Highlighted organizations will be announced in late December! PLUS, AH Glee Club will be performing, and there's nothing like a non-choir singing songs!
Where: UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Theater
Doors Open: 6pm; Show: 7pm; Dessert: 8pm

         To purchase tickets online, click here. or email for an invoice.

As a partner of the National Learn and Serve Challenge, the 2010-2011 LEARN from each other AND SERVE San Antonio: No Kill Project connects local high school students to UTSA graduate  students from the Center for Policy Studies. Students from Edison, Roosevelt, Lanier, Highlands, Memorial, Southwest, Harlandale, and East Central High Schools will work with their UTSA graduate student Project Leaders to develop and implement projects in their own communities that support San Antonio's No Kill Initiative.Funding for this project is provided by a grant from the Animal No Kill Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

LOGO_SPURS_TEAMUPOur UTSA graduate students from the Center for Policy Studies are partners in the San Antonio: No Kill Project with the San Antonio Spurs and students from The Voices for Animals Club at Highlands High School.  The club has been selected as one of the 20 semi-finalists for the Spurs Team Up Challenge.  Semi-finalists receive $2,500 in project funding from Silver & Black Give Back (formerly Spurs Foundation) for the work they are doing to improve their community.  And, as a semi-finalist, they are competing for one of five $20,000 grants that will be distributed at the end of the Spurs season to the Team Up Challenge Champions. 


As we work together on this project, we will:

-Conduct Bow Wow Meow Block Walks to distribute student-created information 


 spay-neuter events, animal ordinance compliance, etc.

-Organize mobile spay/neuter events at school gym.

-Create an A/V presentation featuring highlights, success stories, reflections to share

 with others who can do the same in their community. 

Highlands HS
Follow this great project and learn more by visiting  





Find out more about this project and the other 7 high school projects for LEARN and SERVE when students present their project plans on December 10, 2010 at UTSA Downtown Campus in the Buena Vista Theater. Breakfast/Registration begins at 9am with Presentations from 9:30-11am.
To RSVP, email



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