(Nov. 4, 2009)--The UTSA Office of Learning Communities will host a lecture by Washington, D.C.-based author and journalist Ron Suskind at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. Suskind is the author of "A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the Ivy League." The lecture is free and open to the public. Suskind will sign books after the lecture.
Suskind will discuss his biography of Cedric Jennings, describing the young man's transition from inner-city high school achiever in Washington, D.C., to culture-shocked survivor at Brown University. The book, which was launched by a series in the Wall Street Journal that won him the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, has been a favorite on U.S. campuses and in book clubs.
UTSA's Learning Communities program offers a framework for freshman students to connect with each other, creating a community inside and outside the classroom. This fall, 1,300 freshmen enrolled in Learning Community groups and participated in the Common Reading Experience, wherein students read the same book and other materials.
Suskind's latest book, "The Way of the World," is a multi-layered narrative about the forces at home and abroad fighting today's battles for hope and security. His 2004 book, "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill," is a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the Bush presidency.
From 1993 to 2000, Suskind was the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes for various national magazines including the New York Times Magazine and Esquire. He has appeared on various television news programs as a correspondent or essayist and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
For more information, call the Learning Communities office at 210-458-7490.
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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