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UTSA freshman gather for Fall Convocation Aug. 26 with author Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea

UTSA Fall Convocation keynote speaker, author Luis Alberto Urrea

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(Aug. 26, 2013) -- Approximately 4,500 new UTSA undergraduate students will gather to launch the new academic year at the 2013 Fall Convocation Ceremonies. The 12th annual convocation marks the first step that the UTSA Class of 2017 takes in its undergraduate academic career and serves as an opportunity for the university to welcome the new undergraduate students.

This year there will be two convocation ceremonies. The back-to-back ceremonies are 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus. Attendance is mandatory for new students. For logistical information, read more in a previous story on UTSA Today.

>> Luis Alberto Urrea, author of "The Devil's Highway," is the keynote speaker for the ceremony. "The Devil's Highway," a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction, was the 2013 Summer Common Reading selection by the UTSA Learning Communities program for all first-year UTSA undergraduate students. Students, faculty and staff are invited to a Meet-and-Greet with Urrea from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) in the University Center. "The Devil's Highway" is a winner of the Lannan Literary Award. Urrea is the best-selling author of 13 books. He is a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame.

Over the summer, "The Devil's Highway" provided the new undergraduates with a shared subject to engage in meaningful discussions with their peers and colleagues. They were required to read the novel in time for Fall Convocation.

Urrea's novel follows the journey of 26 men who in May 2001 attempted to cross the Mexican border into the Arizona desert through what is commonly referred to as the Devil's Highway. Their journey led them to 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 UTSA Learning Communities are groups of students who share common interests and majors. During the fall semester, students awill be enrolled in two or three core curriculum classes together and actively engage in collaborative learning. The Summer Common Reading Program is an opportunity for incoming undergraduate students to build an academic and social community.

As part of the Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, the UTSA Learning Communities cultivates an environment where students can learn and apply the academic skills and knowledge critical to their success in college. The program also creates opportunities for students to develop a sense of belonging and connection with the greater UTSA community.

For more information about UTSA Learning Communities and the Summer Common Reading program, call 210-458-7509.

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Events
Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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