(April 17, 2012) -- Marian Martinello, retired professor from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, was the guest speaker at an April 17 luncheon at the Menard Public Library to kick off the City of Menard "Menard Reads Together" program, which provides free books to the community.
Menard County is regularly listed between the first and fourth poorest county in Texas with 80 percent of its population at the poverty level. Among the most popular of the library's community programs, "Menard Reads Together" provides books free of charge to the entire community from young readers to senior citizens. This year's program runs April 17-May 3.
Three of Martinello's award-winning books, "The Search for Emma's Story," "The Search for Pedro's Story" and "The Search for the Chili Queen," were chosen as the core books for the community reading program.
Martinello began her career at UTSA in 1975, where she helped to design and then direct the interdisciplinary studies degree and certification program for elementary and middle school teacher preparation. Her work won federal funding, enhanced collaboration among classroom teachers and museum educators, and influenced curriculum development in San Antonio area public schools. Her publications focus on learning through research, interdisciplinary curriculum and teaching.
Martinello is a founding member of the UTSA Retired Faculty Association (RFA) and currently serves as its president. Established in 2011, the purpose of the RFA is to provide retired faculty with the opportunity for continued interaction with the UTSA community and to serve as the voice of the retired faculty to the administration.
"The time and expertise Marian is giving to the 'Menard Reads Together' program perfectly exemplifies the impact our retired faculty continue to have on not only the UTSA community, but the community at large," said Betty Merchant, dean of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
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Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
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McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with a leaning towards dark comedy. Dr. William McCrary directs. $15 tickets $10 students military seniors 55+ with IDs $8 groups of ten or more in any price level. There will be a second show Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are members of the Helotes Area Community Band and are proud to present a special Tapestry of Concert Band Classics. The event is free and open to the community.
John Marshall High School Auditorium, 8000 Lobo Lane, San Antonio
A record number of candidates are running for the San Antonio City Council's District 5 seat. Come hear what they have to say. Event hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy and League of Women Voters, in partnership with PASO and Alpha Phi Sigma.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The former EPA Chief Statistician and current ASA president, Dr. Barry Nussbaum will talk about how statistics can make a big difference in influencing decisions and actions. Example include the court cases and material presented to the US president.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies Program invites everyone to hear guest speaker Dr. Elaine Richardson, professor of literacy studies at The Ohio State University.
Durango Building, Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
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