(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.
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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