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UTSA College of Architecture opens Center for Architectural Engagement

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"Labyrinth" sculpture and Durango Building, UTSA Downtown Campus

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(Sept. 13, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture (COA) announces the opening of the Center for Architectural Engagement. The new center will be housed within the College of Architecture and will serve to support the college's community engagement and service-learning initiatives.

"The creation of the Center for Architectural Engagement has been something I have been working toward since my arrival four years ago," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "My expectation is that this entity champions and oversees all ongoing and new engagement activities for the College of Architecture. By doing so, we can take our engagement programs from good to great for the city and the region."

Under the leadership of inaugural director Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, the center will bring together students, faculty and staff to address, support and execute community engagement activities with the City of San Antonio, several counties and cities in Texas, and other community organizations.

"The College of Architecture has been involved in partnerships with city and county governments for a long time now," said Pemberton. "It seems only right that we synthesize all of our community engagements efforts and channel them through this center. This way, we'll be able to not only support our ongoing projects, but we can ramp up efforts in new areas of engagement."

In the past, the College of Architecture has spearheaded several initiatives such as: the SPARK School Park program, an initiative aimed at improving school playgrounds; the Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.) program, which provides students with neighborhood and historic revitalization projects; and several design-build projects throughout Bexar County.

For more information, visit the UTSA College of Architecture Center for Architectural Engagement website.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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