(Nov. 11, 2010)--Mimi Yu, associate director of the UTSA East Asia Institute, has received a DiversityFirst Award from the Texas Diversity Council. Yu was among 10 individuals and organizations recognized at the council's Best Practices and DiversityFirst Awards Luncheon on Oct. 29 in San Antonio.
Since joining UTSA in 2008, Yu has directed many Asia-related cultural and educational events on campus and in the community including lectures, workshops, fairs and festivals, and the East Asia Summer Institute for children, as well as hosting Asian art exhibitions and arranging visits from Asian performing arts groups as part of her outreach efforts.
Before joining UTSA, she taught Japanese for 19 years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she won the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award for her innovative teaching styles that incorporated instructional technology.
"I am a firm believer in promoting diversity through education, and I'm committed to working with local schools and the community to foster their understanding of Asian cultures and to promote the appreciation and inclusion of Asian societies and heritage," Yu said. "As the great Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, 'If you think in terms of a year, plant seeds; in terms of 10 years, plant trees; and in terms of 100 years, teach the people.'
"I think this DiversityFirst Award belongs to the East Asia Institute and highlights UTSA's efforts in promoting multiculturalism and multilingualism in our pluralistic society."
The Texas Diversity Council established the DiversityFirst Awards in 2004 to recognize and celebrate outstanding accomplishments and sustained commitment to promoting appreciation for diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding in the workplace and the community.
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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