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UTSA hosts ‘Name That Author’ literary competition Oct. 28 at Main Campus

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(Oct. 26, 2011) -- If you think you know literary history, now is your chance to put your knowledge to the test. The UTSA Department of English will host the inaugural "Name That Author" competition at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the Main Campus.

The questions will span the entire history of English and American literature, and the competition will be divided between undergraduate and graduate students. Cash prizes totaling $2,000 will be awarded to six finalists.

"We will have six panelists at a time answering questions and competing against each other," said Steven Kellman, UTSA professor of English. "The top three will move on to the second round and the first prize winners in both categories will receive $600, then $300 for second place and $100 for third."

Kellman came up with the idea after hosting a similar event as an officer in the National Book Critics Circle at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. The competition was a success with both professional authors and audience members in attendance. Kellman hopes the competition is successful enough to become an annual event at UTSA.

"I hope people are entertained in an intellectual manner, which is appropriate in a university setting," said Kellman. "We now have a football program, so there is no reason why we can't also have academic competitions."

The $2,000 in cash prizes is provided through the endowment of Sonja Lanehart, UTSA professor and Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities.

For more information, contact Steven Kellman at 210-458-5216.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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