(March 20, 2012) -- Nearly 100 elementary school students from the San Antonio ISD recently visited the Institute of Texan Cultures for the second annual "Read Across America Day," commonly celebrated on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2.
The students enjoyed the ITC's Dome Show, which covers the history of Texas, and also sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss. The program included a reading of Seuss' "The Lorax" with KENS-TV chief meteorologist Bill Taylor. Other guests included UTSA's Rowdy mascot, HE-Buddy and a special visit by The Cat in the Hat and Thing's 1 and 2.
First published in 1971, "The Lorax" chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. Through Seuss' clever rhymes, tongue twisters and zany illustrations, the students received a great message about taking care of the environment.
"It's important to stress the importance of literacy at a very young age, and what better way to get children excited than incorporating a book by Dr. Seuss," said Darrell Balderrama, director of outreach programs in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives. "The 'Read Across America' celebration is a national event to promote literacy amongst children and adults. The event coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday which made the selection of his book an easy choice."
Children and guests explored the exhibit floor, where they heard stories from various Texan cultures read by UTSA students.
"We had a range of stories including Native American trickster tales, 'The Zebra Riding Cowboy' by Angela Shelf Madearis, about an African American cowboy, and 'Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel' by Katie Kissinger," said Lynn Yakubik, an educational specialist with the museum. "We chose books that would be enhanced by the fact that the children were surrounded by the exhibits in our different cultural areas."
The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives works to increase the college-going rate of Texans by assisting students that traditionally have been underserved and underrepresented in higher education. As a comprehensive university and system wide effort, the Office of P-20 Initiatives promotes educational access and college readiness through collaborative programming.
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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