(Feb. 27, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host the 10th annual Storytelling Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1 in the Main Building on the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the festival is targeted to teach pre- and in-service teachers who want to learn about the art of oral storytelling.
Mary Ann Blue, professional storyteller and educator, will provide this year's keynote address, "Your Story, My Story, Our Stories: Bridging the Cultural Divide Through Storytelling." Blue is a Spanish teacher at Saint Mary's Hall, a member of the San Antonio Storytellers Association and has more than 20 years of experience in storytelling.
The event also includes breakout sessions taught by professional storytellers. These sessions will teach attendees how to tell stories and how to bring storytelling into the classroom.
"We want to give teachers the idea of getting the students involved in storytelling," said Miriam Martinez, UTSA professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and festival coordinator. "A lot of people argue that if you have a child in your classroom that you can't hook with a book you are reading aloud, then put the book aside and tell the story orally. There's a power there that pulls the students in."
Between the breakout sessions, students from Saint Mary's Hall and Tuscany Heights Elementary School will perform and demonstrate oral storytelling. Many of these students, Martinez said, have competed in storytelling competitions on the national level.
"I hope that the attendees take away with them a recognition of storytelling," said Martinez. "It was that recognition of the power and importance of storytelling that motivated us when we first started 10 years ago."
For more information about the Storytelling Festival, visit the UTSA College of Education and Human Development website.
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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