(April 24, 2014) -- The Texas Folklife Festival is June 7-8, and it will be here before we know it. With that in mind, volunteers are needed. We welcome new and previous volunteers to help our festival guests.
The Texas Folklife Festival is the biggest cultural celebration in Texas. Annually, individuals and groups representing more than 40 ethnic communities come together to celebrate their heritage. On the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, the two-day event showcases the Lone Star State's diversity and rich heritage through a wide variety of ethnic food, music, dance, arts and crafts.
This year, there are several added volunteer positions for those who would like to take on a larger role with more than just the usual 3-4 hour shift. We’ve created team leaders for sales, soda/water booth and gate teams. Team leaders will be responsible for ensuring the booths are running smoothly, volunteers are in place, stock is replenished and for communicating with staff.
As always, if you have a group of friends, family, co-workers, teammates, club members or church members who would like to volunteer, contact us and we will try to accommodate your group. Several positions are ideal for small groups to volunteer together.
These positions include gate teams (10-12 volunteers), children’s crafts and games (8-10 volunteers), outdoor information (6-8 volunteers working in pairs), command center (8-10 volunteers) and soda/water booth (6-8 volunteers).
Volunteers must be at least age 16 for all positions except the children’s crafts and games booth, where volunteers can be as young as age 13. However, volunteers younger than age 18 must volunteer with a parent or guardian.
To volunteer as a master of ceremonies or stage manager, visit the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures website for the application. The application is separate for these two positions.
>> For more information, call the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures volunteer hotline at 210-458-2216.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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