(Dec. 20, 2011) -- The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) will host the inaugural Semester Abroad in Urbino program in January. Nine students have signed up to participate in the 13-week study-abroad trip to Italy.
For a preview of the experience, the students participated in a Skype interview with UTSA College of Architecture students already studying in Italy. Both colleges are partnering with the University of Urbino to offer international educational opportunities for their students this academic year.
COLFA students will receive instruction from both UTSA COLFA faculty and University of Urbino professors on a variety of subjects including Italian language instruction, Shakespeare's England and Italy, love and death in the Italian Renaissance, and classic foundations of the Renaissance.
Bridget Drinka, associate professor and chair of the UTSA Department of English, and Marita Nummikoski, associate professor and chair in the UTSA Department of Modern Languages, helped organize the program.
"We have some wonderful trips designed in the program as well, so the students will read the plays, then go to the places where they took place, like Verona, Venice and Rome," said Drinka. "I hope the students get enrichment and exposure to another point of view as well as a deeper understanding of the language."
The program is available for both undergraduate and graduate students who have taken humanities courses in Italian or are just beginning to study the language. Half of the students in the initial group have studied Italian.
"Many of our students have never really been anywhere outside of the United States, so once they're eyes are opened, their entire view of the world will be changed," said Nummikoski. "They will realize that there is so much more to life than just San Antonio and Texas. Traveling abroad is not hard or scary and this will make them strong individuals that can come back and share their experiences with others."
Additional UTSA faculty participating include Bernadette Andrea, professor of English; Molly Saldivar, lecturer in modern languages and literatures; David Johnson, professor of history; and Bill Short, assistant professor of philosophy.
To alleviate some of expenses involved with the study-abroad program, the students received funding from the Provost's Travel Award. Two of the participants also received Bowen scholarships designated to COLFA students studying in Europe. Program fees cover expenses for a private dorm room, 10 meals per week plus breakfast every day and trips.For more information, email co-organizers Bridget Drinka or Marita Nummikoski or visit the COLFA Semester in Urbino website.
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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