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Top photo: Student Lethaniel Norton at Brooklyn Museum
Bottom photo: Students Aysha Preston and Antionette Holt at Schomburg Library in New York

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(Sept. 5, 2012) -- The third annual African American Literatures and Cultures Institute (AALCI) recently wrapped up for the summer with eight of the nation's top undergraduate African American literary studies majors completing the three-week program.

AALCI was established in January 2010 with funding provided by Joycelyn Moody, the UTSA Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature. The institute selects eight applicants annually and provides them with $2,000 research stipends, rigorous mentoring, innovative academic training and encouragement to pursue academic careers in English and African American literary studies.

The final week of the program is an emotional one with students traveling to New York City for a closer look at some of the issues they had discussed.

"They are all such amazing experiences visiting the sites of black history and culture that they have been reading about," said Moody. "We go to the ancient African installation at the Brooklyn Museum and the Schomburg Library, which is devoted to African American history in the country."

Participants in the institute discussed the works of African American scholars and met various authors, art collectors and educators to assist them in making their way through the graduate school processes.

"We talked a lot about technology -- how you study history using technology," said Howard Rambsy II, professor of literature and director of the black studies program at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. "We also looked at issues of black studies with African American perspectives and how they played out in contemporary culture -- migration major trends such as where a large number of African Americans are living today as opposed to where they come from."

"There is no one at home that I can look to for advice if I wanted to pursue a higher degree in education", said Ashley Greenlee, a senior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. "Here, we have people pushing us to succeed so we can go back home and spread the word and encourage others to complete their college degrees."

To learn more, contact Joycelyn Moody at 210-458-6857 or visit the AALCI website.

 

 

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Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building
Flawn Science Building, Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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