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UTSA Learning Communities common reading program features 'Farewell, My Subaru'

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Writer Doug Fine, his dog and his book

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(June 25, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Learning Communities has extended the Summer Common Reading program to the entire freshman class -- and UTSA faculty and staff members. This year, the featured book is "Farewell, My Subaru" by Doug Fine, who will speak Aug. 23 at the UTSA Fall Convocation and meet the UTSA community at a reception.

"The Summer Common Reading program is an exciting academic initiative that will promote community engagement and student involvement," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "This will be a positive experience for all freshmen and a wonderful opportunity to empower our newest students in an academic setting. My hope is that the campus community will join us in this reading adventure."

"Farewell, My Subaru" is a humorous and captivating tale about Fine's efforts to lead a more environmentally friendly life and go green. The book has been translated into Chinese, Korean and other languages.

Fine began his career traveling to five continents with a backpack to do culturally insightful and funny stories as a freelancer for the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Wired, National Public Radio and others. His travels inspired him to look for ways to live in sync with the ecosystem. Fine travels around the world speaking about his sustainability realizations and is a regular contributor of adventure and investigative features to National Public Radio.

New UTSA students will learn about the common reading program this summer in freshman orientation sessions and must read the book before classes begin in August. The book is available at the UTSA bookstores at the Main and Downtown campuses and is widely available online and at most public libraries. Students who can't afford the book can check it out from the Office of Learning Communities in Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 1.02.04 on the Main Campus.

The common reading program is a joint venture of the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The goal is to foster a common academic environment among new students, along with faculty and staff members who interact with students. The program gives freshmen an opportunity to participate in an experience that allows them to relate to one another through a common text.

Learning Communities students will continue to discuss "Farewell, My Subaru" throughout the fall semester, and faculty and staff are encouraged to use or refer to the book in courses and at other events and activities. Embracing the program and book in classes helps demonstrate UTSA's commitment to the common reading experience.


For more information, visit the UTSA Learning Communities website or contact Julie Fisher at 210-458-7509.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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