BFSA Spring Wellness Series: Get FIT Body Fat Testing & Info Session, March 31

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
BEL 966
5:15-6:15pm

FEE:  Free!
RSVP:  jennifer@cs.utexas.edu

Did you know that there was a program on campus that has conducted over 10,000 tests, and supported the education and research for Kinesiology and Health Education undergraduate and graduate students? FIT has expanded beyond testing and created innovative and results driven programs such as Get FIT, a group exercise and weight loss program, and Lunch and Lose, a group weight loss program. FIT’s dedication to health, fitness, and research gives the Austin community the tools to a better and healthier lifestyle.

FIT is partnering with BFSA to offer complimentary body fat testing,  discussion on the most pressing health/fitness issues in the African-American community, and information about Get Fit and Lunch & Lose programs.

http://www.edb.utexas.edu/fit/index.php

BFSA Spring Wellness Series: Austin Boxing Babes, March 31

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
3401-A South Lamar Blvd
7:00- 8:00pm

FEE:   $15.00.  If 10 people sign up, price drops to $10!!
RSVP:  jennifer@cs.utexas.edu

Austin Boxing Babes offers a fun and effective workout in a safe, all-women environment. The training will help you to:

  • Build stamina, develop balance, hand/eye coordination and confidence.
  • “Let off steam”, work out aggressions, release stress and feel relaxed afterwards.
  • Lose weight and tone your body from head to toe.

Because we focus on proper technique and use similar drills used by competitive boxers, you’ll not only strengthen and tone your body, but you’ll also learn basic fighting skills. The training includes jumping rope, shadow boxing, punching the heavy bag, speed bag, non-contact partner drills, calisthenics, light weights and stretching.

Frequently asked questions:  http://www.austinboxingbabes.com/faq.php

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

1.  Registration Fee will be waived for anyone who signs up for regular classes that evening. The school also offers training for adults, teenagers and children in martial arts, jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.

2.  Parking:  Students can park in front of the building and in the back (to get to the back, take the narrow drive way to the left of the building. Should those two parking areas be full, students can also park in the parking lot of the Insurance company next door (just North) and at the Brake Shop across the street.

3.  Arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts to give you time to complete the liability waiver and get your hands wrapped. If you have boxing gloves or hand wraps, bring them with you.

4.  Wear workout pants that go over the knee (no shorts), bring water and wear tennis / running shoes.

5.  Any questions about the class should be directed to Julia at: julia@feighnergroup.com

Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor: March 28

Sunday, March 28, 2010
7:00-9:00pm
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
14311 Wells Port Drive, west of I-35 off Wells Branch Parkway.

http://www.staopen.com/

UT professor Robert Jensen will interview Fletcher onstage, questioning him about the social justice movements that have been the focus of his life and work. What lessons about the today’s crises can we draw from Fletcher’s experience in the struggle for racial and economic justice, at home and abroad? Drawing on Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path toward Social Justice, his 2009 book co-authored with Fernando Gapasin, Fletcher will offer new ideas for progressive organizing.

Fletcher, the executive editor of The Black Commentator web magazine and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for justice for the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Fletcher has served as Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the AFL-CIO’s George Meany Center, as well as Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Beginning in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, he combined labor and community work in efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

For a copy of the provocative essay on “Reimagining Socialism” that Fletcher wrote with Barbara Ehrenreich for The Nation magazine, go to
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090323/ehrenreich_fletcher

Sponsored by:
Third Coast Activist Resource Center, http://thirdcoastactivist.org/
MonkeyWrench Books, http://www.monkeywrenchbooks.org/
Workers Defense Project, http://workersdefense.org/

The event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

For more information, contact Robert Jensen at 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

AND

“The Crisis facing Working People: A New Path toward Social Justice”
a talk by Bill Fletcher, Jr., author of  Solidarity Divided

Monday, March 29, 2010
3 p.m.
LBJ Conference Room (CMA 5.160)
Dean Keaton St. and Guadalupe
University of Texas at Austin

http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/cma.html

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the executive editor of The Black Commentator web magazine and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. A longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, he is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for justice for the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Fletcher is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

A graduate of Harvard University, Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path toward Social Justice (University of California Press, 2009). He has served as Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the AFL-CIO’s George Meany Center, as well as Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Beginning in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America, he combined labor and community work in efforts to desegregate the Boston building trades. He later served in leadership and staff positions in District 65-United Auto Workers, National Postal Mail Handlers Union and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Senior Fellows honors program of the College of Communication and the Center for African and African American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

For more events, please visit: http://www.austintexassoul.org/events

BFSA Spring Wellness Series: Diabetes Awareness Conference, March 29

Diabetes Awareness Conference & Benefit Dinner presented by Hook the Cure
Monday, March 29, 2010
Santa Rita Room and Lonestar Room, Texas Union

Free: If not attending benefit dinner. $15.00 for dinner.

Conference Agenda
5:30-6:30pm:  Diabetes Research Poster Forum
6:30-7:30pm:  Diabetes Discussion Panel
7:30-8:30pm:  Benefit Dinner

Hook the Cure, is a student-run, non-profit organization focused on spreading awareness about diabetes through education, research and service. Join them for the 1st Annual Diabetes Awareness Conference where they hope to educate participants about the complications and methods of prevention of diabetes.  The conference will feature a student research forum, a faculty & clinician panel, and dinner to benefit diabetes research at The University of Texas at Austin and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF).

Panelists include members of the African-American diabetes support group at the Olive Baptist Church in East Austin.  The support group is organized and supported by Dr. Mary Steinhardt (UT Health and Kinesiology Dept.) and the faculty advisor for Hook the Cure. Diabetes research topics in connection with African-Americans will be presented.  There will be a Q&A session open to the audience for the discussion panel members.

Dinner includes:
King Ranch Chicken: Roasted Chicken with Creen Chilies, Sour Cream Sauce, Corn Tortilla Strips, Onions Garlic, Spices and a mix of Cheeses baked in a casserole
Chile Rellenos: Anaheim Peppers stuffed with a mix of Cheddar and Monterey Jack with a Tomato based ranchero Sauce
Cilantro Lime Rice
Salad of Mixed Field Greens, Roma Tomatoes, Monterey Jack Cheese, Shaved Carrot, Red Cabbage, Sliced Avocado, Fried Tortilla Strips with Cilantro Vinaigrette or Peppercorn Ranch Dressing
German Chocolate Cake and Pralines
Iced Tea and Water

Those who RSVP in advance will secure the $15.00 rate for the benefit dinner. Tickets at the door will be $20.00.  All payments will be accepted at the door.  Please indicate you are a member of BFSA when you RSVP to Oscar Ayala at: ayala.bme@gmail.com or 713.851.406

UT Learning Center Hiring Students for Fall 2010

Are you a full-time student looking for a job on campus next year?  Consider
working for the UT Learning Center and Career Exploration Center:  we hire
tutors, outreach assistants, academic coaches, career-learning assistants,
and work study receptionists. We are one of the largest student employers on
campus, pay some of the highest student salaries, and are holding our 2010
Job Fair on Thursday, March 25th, at 5:30 p.m. in Jester Auditorium (JES
A121A).

Hear from some of our 200 student educators about their experiences working
with us.  Professional staff will also be available to discuss job
requirements and answer questions.  For more details on available positions,
or for application information, check out our employment pages at
http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/employment
<http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/employment&gt; and
http://www.utexas.edu/student/cec/intern/. The application and
recommendation deadline for most positions is April 2nd.

“When I Rise” Barbara Smith Conrad Documentary Featured at SXSW

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 11:30 a.m.
The Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

When I Rise is a powerful new documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who became a target of racial discrimination and ultimately ascended to the heights of international opera. An official selection of the South by Southwest Film Festival, When I Rise will be screened twice during SXSW.  Tickets are available to the public about 15 minutes prior to screening time (pending available seating). The single admission ticket price is $10 for all SXSW screenings.

To learn more about the film, visit:  http://www.whenirisefilm.com/

Peer Health Educator Applications due March 26, 2010.

APPLY TO BE A PEER HEALTH EDUCATOR!
Applications are due March 26, 2010.
http://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu/peereducation.html.

Students selected to become peer educators will receive specialized training in health topics, gain experience facilitating classes and workshops, and conduct outreach on campus. Peer Educato…rs serve the UT community by promoting healthy choices and make a positive impact on their peers. Applicants can choose from one of three peer education programs: Alcohol and Drug Education, Healthy Sexuality and Nutrition.