(May 14, 2012) -- The UTSA Learning Communities program announces "The Devil's Highway" by Luis Alberto Urrea will be the 2012-2013 Summer Common Reading for all first-year UTSA undergraduate students. Urrea will be the keynote speaker at the UTSA Fall Convocation Aug. 27.
A UTSA Learning Community is a group of students who share common interests and majors. During the fall semester, students are enrolled in two or three core curriculum classes together and actively engage in collaborative learning. The Summer Common Reading program is an opportunity to build an academic and social community and provides a common subject to engage in meaningful discussion with peers and colleagues.
New UTSA students will learn about the common reading program this summer in freshman orientation sessions and are required to read the book in time for UTSA's Aug. 27 Fall Convocation. The entire UTSA community is encouraged to read the book and participate in the Summer Common Reading events. Learning Communities students will continue to discuss "The Devil's Highway" throughout the fall semester. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use or refer to the book in courses, events and activities.
"The Devil's Highway" follows the journey of 26 men who in May 2001 attempted to cross the Mexican border into the Arizona desert, commonly referred to as The Devil's Highway. The journey would end in the largest United States-Mexico border death event in history. Through the lives of these men, Urrea details the unspeakable courage and the true spirit of humanity in their pursuit of the American dream.
"The Devil's Highway" is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a winner of the Lannan Literary Award. Urrea is a best-selling author of 13 books and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. Urrea is the Fall Convocation keynote speaker and also will host a meet-and-greet event for the UTSA community.
As part of the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, the UTSA Learning Communities mission is to cultivate an environment where students can learn and apply the academic skills and knowledge critical to their success in college. Learning Communities creates opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging and connection with the greater university community.
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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