(Feb. 13, 2012) -- The Creative Writing Program in the UTSA Department of English will present acclaimed author and UTSA faculty member John Phillip Santos as the featured speaker in the Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus. The reading is free and open to the public.
A native San Antonian, Santos returned home after working for the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program, where he managed the Media Projects Fund and worked with new-media technologies in developing countries. Over his 21-year career in New York City, he worked as an author, freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist and writer focusing on issues of media, culture and ethnic identity.
His accolades include the Oxford Prize for fiction, the American Academy in Berlin's Prize Fellowship and the Academy of American Poets Prize at Notre Dame. In 1999, his family memoir "Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation" was a finalist for the National Book Award.
An Emmy-nominated documentary producer, Santos has developed more than 40 documentaries for CBS and PBS, and his articles have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
He is distinguished as the first Mexican-American Rhodes scholar to study at Oxford University, where he received a master's degree in English literature and language from St. Catherine's College. He earned a Bachelor in Philosophy and Literature degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Currently, Santos is the University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the UTSA Honors College.
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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