(Nov. 13, 2009)--A newcomer to UTSA, Professor David Frego became chair of the Department of Music in fall 2008, and is the first faculty member to hold the Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professorship in Music. He leads a music department with more than 60 faculty members and 300 music majors earning both bachelor's and master's degrees.
UTSA recruited Frego from The Ohio State University, where he was associate chair of music in a tier-one music department. As an endowed professor, Frego is a nationally recognized scholar who joins the faculty and elevates the quality of research, creative activity and teaching for UTSA music students.
Frego has published book chapters, DVDs and articles in music education journals and journals for arts medicine. Though much of Frego's first year at UTSA has been spent getting to know the university and the community, he already is using the Blumberg endowment funds for start-up expenses and presentations at research conferences. Through these funds, he has acquired new software programs to convert and store qualitative research and new computer survey equipment.
A versatile musician, dancer, singer and educator, Frego is an internationally recognized expert in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, an approach to the performing arts that emphasizes rhythmic movement, aural (by ear) training and improvisation. He is one of only a handful of certified Eurhythmics instructors in the United States and the only one in Texas.
"The Dalcroze philosophy centers on the concept that the synthesis of the mind, body and resulting emotions is fundamental to all meaningful learning," Frego wrote in an overview of the Dalcroze Method for The Alliance for Active Music Making, which is on their Web site.
The endowment is one of several established at UTSA (the others are in architecture, biosciences and biology) by Roland K. and Jane Blumberg (deceased) of Seguin, Texas. Roland Blumberg earned a Ph.D. in geophysics from Harvard, and with his wife, Jane Blumberg, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, ran an oil production business in Seguin. The couple were strong supporters of public higher education in Texas. The fund was established in 2005.
"My father was a UT- and Harvard-educated mathematician and physicist," said Hilmar Blumberg, who lives in Seguin. "After these interests, his first love in the fine arts, by far, was music. And those who understand math or physics will know why."
Frego received a B.M. from Brandon University in (Manitoba) Canada and master of music in choral performance, master of music education and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University. Besides his performance and teaching activities, Frego researches and applies eurhythmics for adults affected by terminal illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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