(Oct. 24, 2011) -- Daniel J. Gelo, professor of anthropology and dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, has written a new book, "Indians of the Great Plains," and hopes the work will serve as a progressive and contemporary text that teachers across the country can adopt in their classrooms.
The textbook, published by Pearson Publishing, incorporates Gelo’s real-life experiences studying the Indians of the Great Plains for more than 20 years.
Over the years, Gelo has spent summers visiting Native communities and living in Comanche Indian households, studying lifestyles, language, music and belief systems. One elderly Comanche woman even adopted Gelo as one of her grandsons, providing him with more insight into Comanche life and family obligations.
Gelo began teaching a course on Indians of the Great Plains after he was hired at UTSA in 1988, utilizing a standard textbook and supplementing the course with his own personal research.
In 2002, he presented to Pearson Publishing his idea of writing a textbook based on his lectures and received support from the company as well as his peers in the academic community.
"One of the big lessons I wanted to get across in this book is that these cultures have not vanished, they are very much alive and they are very much among us in this country," said Gelo.
Unlike previous books that have detailed Indian life up to the establishment of reservations, Gelo's book provides an updated retrospective covering Indian voting rights, military service and innovations in casino gambling operations on reservations. He also reflects on how tribes are preserving their languages and teaching their children to pass on knowledge to future generations.
"This book came from my personal experiences and growth at UTSA as both a teacher and a researcher," said Gelo."It's nice that even though I work in the dean's office, I still have opportunities to do research and stay involved intellectually."In the age of digital communication, Pearson already has formatted the textbook in electronic form so instructors can use it and find it on Kindle. Instructors can find various chapters to incorporate into their classes
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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