(Oct. 19, 2010)--Another milestone was reached in the ongoing renovation of the John Peace Library on the UTSA Main Campus with the opening of new spaces for the Writing Center and two units of the Tomas Rivera Center (TRC) -- Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring services. The integration into one unit of the three key academic support programs creates a one-stop student learning center.
The newly renovated wing on the south side of JPL's second floor includes a mix of study rooms, collaborative study spaces, computing resources and staff office space. The move to JPL triples the space for the TRC Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs, accommodating more students for tutoring and group study sessions.
"Students will have a much easier time finding the tutoring program and attending regularly scheduled SI study groups," said Leticia Duncan-Brosnan, TRC executive director. "The new library location will also provide students with convenient access to the academic resources available at the library. It is a great model to have three large academic support programs such as these in one centralized location."
Marguerite Newcomb, associate director of the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence, said the new space will greatly enhance service to students.
"We've grown tremendously in the past few years, and anyone who has visited our last locations knows how crowded they could be," said Newcomb. "The new spaces in the JPL for both our tutor room and our computer lab are beautiful as well as spacious. We believe this move is a continuation of the dream of the Writing Center's founder and namesake, Judith G. Gardner."
Integrating student academic support services into a university's library is an increasingly common phenomenon nationwide, according to Krisellen Maloney, UTSA dean of libraries. "It just makes sense for students," she said. "We are trying to find new and creative ways to ensure students graduate from UTSA. I believe one of the keys to engagement is to make all our academic support services as accessible and inviting as we can. With these additional programs now integrated into JPL, students can get the help they need without traveling all over campus."
Library resources once found in the new Writing Center/SI/Tutoring space have been relocated to other areas of the library. A new room dedicated to periodicals, microforms and newspapers has opened on JPL fourth floor.
Two additional components of the JPL renovation project are due to be complete later this semester. An expansion of the Information Commons -- with the addition of 75 computer terminals -- is scheduled to open in late October, and a new 80-seat quiet study room will open in mid-November.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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