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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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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