(March 28, 2013) -- Jeffrey Howard, founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and director of faculty development at the DePaul University Steans Center for Community-Based Service-Learning, will keynote the first UTSA Service-Learning Symposium. Free and open to the public, the event is 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. The symposium is sponsored by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center.
Speaking on "Transforming Service-Learning Teaching and Community Involvement into Community-Engaged Scholarship," Howard will focus on encouraging faculty to go beyond service-learning as a mere teaching strategy and harness their efforts to engage in research and scholarship.
Howard has taught, conducted research and published work on academic service-learning for 35 years. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Nancy Martin, UTSA associate vice provost for core curriculum and QEP, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
The symposium keynote will be followed by a student project poster session and reception, where students will display and discuss their efforts in the community. Awards will be given to recognize high-quality programs and projects.
>> Faculty members also will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop,"Developing a Premier Service-Learning Course," co-sponsored with the Teaching and Learning Center and facilitated by Jeffrey Howard. The training will be 9-11 a.m. in the University Center Travis Room (2.202) on the Main Campus. Register for the workshop at the Teaching and Learning Center website.
>> To learn more about the Service-Learning Symposium, visit the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center website or call 210-458-4770.
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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