(June 11, 2013) --Meet Christine Duchouquette. This summer, the Master of Public Administration student is interning in our nation's capital with the National School Board Association's Center for Public Education Initiative as an Archer Fellow.
Though she only just arrived in Washington, D.C., Christine already is feeling right at home among the movers and shakers in the federal government. She spends every day helping craft educational policy through research, data collection and analysis, and even blogging.
"I'm held to the highest standards of excellence at my internship," Christine said. "The mile-a-minute pace that the federal policymakers and educational reformers are on is so exciting."
Education and educational policy reform is near and dear to Christine's heart. It started in 2010 when she taught 10th grade English and 12th grade AP English Literature in Colorado Springs as part of Teach for America.
"I'd seen what the front lines of education were like in a struggling inner-city district," Christine said. "Nothing I've done before or since has been as fulfilling as teaching those kids."
Now she's in Washington, D.C., learning all she can about educational policy in preparation for her future career in education.
"I'm eager to learn about and participate in the federal-level decisions that trickle down to the state and local governments, school boards and school districts," she said.
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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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