(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 UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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