July 16, 2014
Jesus Figueroa Alcantar, pictured on the right.
Department of Anthropology student Jesus Figueroa Alcantar was featured on UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for being the first Texas student to participate in the Leadership Program for Indigenous Youth at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP).
Jesus is also founder of the UTSA Native American Student Association and is active in his community as a volunteer, Native American church member, and participant in local and national tribal ceremonies and events.
July 11, 2014
Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill
Department of Psychology Associate Professor Mary McNaughton-Cassill was featured on NPR's Morning Edition for her work on forms of stress brought on by exposure to news media.
July 3, 2014
250 high school students from across Texas were on campus attending the Department of Music's choir camp, a four-day program designed to prepare emerging singers for statewide competition.
June 25, 2014
Kristin Wilborn, a member of the inaugural cohort of the Psychology department’s doctoral program, was the recipient of an award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
June 12, 2014
Members of the Spirit of San Antonio wait for their baggage at the San Antonio airport.
The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band is back on campus after performing in France on an international stage before President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and national military leaders and veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
June 9, 2014
Ernest W. Bromley, CEO of Bromley Communications
CEO of San Antonio-based Bromley Communications Ernest W. Bromley and his wife Aimee Bromley have donated $250,000 to create the Ernest and Aimee Bromley Presidential Scholarships in the Liberal Arts.
Learn more on UTSA Giving.
May 30, 2014
Dr. Robert J. Hard
Department of Anthropology Professor Robert J. Hard received $20,000 to support his research project, "Reconstructing Holocene Paleoclimate in Southwestern New Mexico."
The award was one of six granted by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research's Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT) program.
May 23, 2014
The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio marching band has been selected as the official university band to represent the US and perform at the 70th anniversary World War II D-Day Memorial Parade and Musical Salute to the Veterans in Normandy, France on June 6.
May 21, 2014
COLFA's psychology and communication undergraduate programs were ranked as the sixth and eighth highest in the US for awarding degrees to Hispanic students, along with architecture (no. 1), mathematics (no. 3), and criminal justice (no. 5).
May 12, 2014
Retired Art Professors Dennis Olsen and Meredith Dean
Artist couple Dennis Olsen and Meredith Dean are holding exhibitions of their work at REM Gallery through June 27; Flash Fictions (prints) and Polarities (mixed media), respectively.
May 7, 2014
From Left: Kara Sherwood, Dr. Sara DeTurk, Luis Rodriguez and Dr. Viviana Rojas
Two Communication students participated in UTSA’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase: Kara Sherwood presented her rhetorical analysis of “Infantilized Masculinity Portrayed in Television Advertisements” (conducted under the guidance of Sara DeTurk), and Luis Rodriguez presented his study, “The Fear of Writing: Understanding the Dangers of Reporting in Mexico” (under the guidance of Viviana Rojas).
May 5, 2014
Eleven students in the Department of Sociology's Master of Science program have been accepted into Ph.D. programs. Congratulations students!
Fall 2013 Ph.D. programs:
Fall 2014 Ph.D. programs:
May 2, 2014
On May 5, 2014, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (HSC) are announcing the formation of the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) Academy. The formation of this academy will herald in a new era of collaboration and multi-disciplinary research between these two institutions.
Established in 2003, researchers involved in SALSI have driven the expansion of new scientific knowledge throughout Texas and have enhanced the research, teaching and service missions of UTSA and HSC. This collaboration has enabled joint doctoral programs and research projects and has driven initiatives that stimulated the growth of the biomedical and biotechnology industries in San Antonio. SALSI has also fostered the commercialization of the products of research with institutional partners such as the Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
UTSA and HSC realized a need to further develop collaborative research, and created the SALSI Academy to serve as the focal point for a wide range of educational, scientific, and policy issues in the life sciences. Under the auspices of SALSI and with guidance from the leadership of the HSC and UTSA, the academy’s mission is to collaborate on joint studies that significantly contribute to solutions for healthcare challenges in Texas and the nation. The SALSI Academy will achieve its mission through faculty development programs, shared resources (core laboratories, etc.), and collaborative funding mechanisms.
"A cornerstone concept of the SALSI Academy is to build on the successes of the past to promote stellar, team science which capitalizes on the talented human investigators we have within each institution,” said Mark Nijland, assistant vice president for research at HSC.
The present global issues and challenges that research institutions are working to address are complex and occur at the intersection of disciplines. In order to advance research, creativity, and innovation, there must be an integration and convergence of disciplines. Several joint initiatives will be launched within SALSI to enhance interdisciplinary research collaborations, significantly raise the international research profile and competitiveness of UTSA and HSC, and foster excellence and innovation for both institutions.
Beginning May 5th, 2014, the SALSI Academy will accept proposals for its first joint initiative—the SALSI Innovation Challenge. The SALSI Innovation Challenge is designed to fund high risk, high reward studies that have the potential for ground-breaking research in targeted disease areas, such as diabetes and allergies, which impact the south Texas region. The proposed research should lead to technologies and innovations targeting public health issues and diseases of global impact.
“The SALSI Academy is an additional conduit to facilitate and promote cross collaborative research and training for faculty and students from both institutions,” said Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research at UTSA. “Through the SALSI Innovation Challenge, we can jumpstart this collaborative research with high-reward, high-gain research that will change our approach to health related issues.”
Funding from the SALSI Innovation Challenge will support early and conceptual stages of project development, and exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. The total maximum amount to be requested by researchers is $200,000 per award ($100,000 per institution), and it is anticipated that four projects will be funded.
May 2, 2014
Dr. Joshua Thurow
Department of Philosophy and Classics Assistant Professor Joshua Thurow has been granted a one-year Research Fellowship in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame for the 2014-15 school year. The Center offers, on a competitive basis, up to two research fellowships every year to scholars from around the world. The fellowships offer their recipients time and resources to work on a research project of their choice in the philosophy of religion. Dr. Thurow will be spending his year doing research on the following questions: how can collective wrongs be atoned for, how does atonement for collective wrongs relate to atonement for individual wrongs, and can the answers to the two previous questions be used to provide a new way of understanding the Christian doctrine of the atonement? He will be working on producing a book manuscript on these questions.
Dr. Thurow has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UTSA since 2012. Prior to arriving at UTSA, he taught at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD for four years. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dr. Thurow's main research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He has written various articles on a priori justification and knowledge, the epistemic significance of disagreement, the epistemic implications of the cognitive science of religion, free will, and moral intuitionism.
April 26, 2014
Please help spread the word that Dr. Seok Kang's study abroad course in Seoul, Korea is seeking crowdfunding support. Mobile Communications of the World will provide students with an opportunity to experience mobile communication across the world with particular emphasis on Korea.
The course is in need of additional funding in order to allow wider student participation and has set up a crowdfunding site to help spread the word and accept donations from the community.
April 24, 2014
Dr. Rhonda M. Gonzales
Rhonda M. Gonzales, associate professor in the Department of History, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2014–2015.
The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration.
April 16, 2014
A new Korean language credit course will be offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures beginning in Fall 2014. The course will take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on the Main Campus from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. (FL 1044, 4 credit hours).
Reasons to learn Korean:
For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at (210) 458-5226, or the East Asia Institute at (210) 458-8550.
April 10, 2014
Communications student Andrew Garcia
Department of Communication student Andrew Garcia was featured on UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for his distinguished academic journey, which began at age 18 after a series of struggles with the law culminated in a judge suggesting he pursue a GED and channel his abilities in a more positive direction.
Today, Andrew sits on the board of the Public Relations Student Society of America and is among the most respected students in his department. He plans on pursuing a graduate degree at UTSA in the nonprofit or communication field.
April 9, 2014
Dr. Kristen Pellegrino
Department of Music Assistant Professor Kristen Pellegrino was honored with the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Early Career Paper Award in Music Education.
The award recognizes an outstanding music education paper presented at the AERA annual meeting by an early career music education researcher.
Dr. Pellegrino's research interests include music teacher identity, teacher education, and professional development. Her research includes her dissertation, “The Meanings and Values of Music-Making in the Lives of String Teachers: Exploring the Intersections of Music-making and Teaching” and articles that have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Arts Education Policy Review (AEPR), Contributions to Music Education (CME), and Journal of Music Teacher Education (JMTE). She is currently writing a chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education and wrote a chapter that will be published in Advances in Music Education Research (AMER).
April 3, 2014
Department of English student Alison Ochoa was one of three students across the UT System to be honored with a 2014 Regents' Outstanding Student Award in the Arts and Humanities through her work in short fiction.
Alison's selection for the award came after a rigorous selection process involving an external review committee of creative writing experts, making her accomplishment a truly remarkable one.
In addition to a monetary award, she will be recognized at the upcoming UT System Board of Regents' meeting in Austin.
April 3, 2014
Congratulations to Anthropology students Becky Dellacarpini and Gregorio Ortiz for their National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships!
The Department of Anthropology was the only department across the university to receive the prestigious fellowships, making for a total of six students from the department who are NSF Graduate Research Fellows.
April 1, 2014
Alejandro Camacho Abundez
Honors student Alejandro Camacho Abundez, who is pursuing a double major in public administration and political science, has taken Third Place in the 2014 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics competition. As a winner of the Wiesel Prize, Alex will receive $1500 and a free trip to New York next September to meet Elie Wiesel and Foundation staff.
The title of Alex’s essay is The New ‘Compromiso’ - Mexican Students Abroad in the U.S.: Exploring the Role of Foreign Student Ethics in National Loyalty. Alex worked closely with Honors College Distinguished Scholar John Phillip Santos in preparing the essay.
March 28, 2014
Nine distinguished faculty in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts received a University Excellence Award in recognition of their extraordinary achievements:
The University Excellence Awards Ceremony, honoring awardees university-wide, will be held on April 8, 2014.
March 27, 2014
Eight COLFA faculty received an Internal Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research in the amount of $5,000 each.
The awardees were Kathryn Brown (Anthropology), Sonia Alconini (Anthropology), William Short (Philosophy), Chris Hajek (Communication), Bryan Gervais (Political Science), Nazgol Bagheri (Geography), Kristen Pellegrino (Music), and Renee Cowan (Communication).
March 25, 2014
Thank you to all of the talented participants of the 14th Annual Spring Research Conference! This year, over 70 students presented high-quality research and creative works in an engaging multidisciplinary context.
A special congratulations goes out to the conference winners (see photos on the conference page):
1st Place, Erika Said White; 2nd Place, Trudi Carter; 3rd Place, Stephanie Almanza.
1st Place, Mary Dustin Estrada; 2nd Place, Sara Flores; 3rd Place, Larissa Abrego Hernandez.
1st Place, Janeth Martinez; 2nd Place, Kort Jackson; 3rd Place, Michael Ely.
1st Place, Prativa Upadhaya; 2nd Place, Ariana Trevino; 3rd Place, Alexis Haight.
1st Place, Justin Korver; 2nd Place, Brittany Ham; 3rd Place, Trent Hebert.
1st Place, Alyssa Rodriguez; 2nd Place, Ana Isabel Cantú; 3rd Place, Chris Ramos.
1st Place, Micah Bland; 2nd Place, Matthew Evans; 3rd Place, Derek Adam.
1st Place, Fabian Beltran; 2nd Place, Stefan Greenfield-Casas; 3rd Place, Gregory Obregon.
1st Place, Willie Hale; 2nd Place, Emily Lloyd; 3rd Place, Jennifer Torpie-Sweterlitsch.
1st Place, Trisha Hinojosa; 2nd Place, Lisa R. Oakes; 3rd Place, Danielle Chapa.
March 24, 2014
Of the 20 UTSA faculty who received a Special Summer Seed Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research, eight were COLFA faculty.
A $5,000 grant was awarded to each of the following faculty for their listed projects:
Read more on UTSA Today.
February 28, 2014
Students from the Department of Art and Art History drew a crowd last week at their 'New Sculpture' exhibit hosted by Northeast Lakeview College.
Read more on TheRanger.org.
February 26, 2014
As part of his fellowship at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Classics' Joel Christensen is featured on the online project Hour 25: A Sequel to The Ancient Greek Hero.
Dr. Christensen's collaboration on the site includes publishing a draft paper for students, hosting an online exchange, participating in a recorded conversation with scholar Elton Baker (Open University), and leading a live video discussion on Odysseus and Breaking Bad's Walter White.
February 24, 2014
Are you a college junior Interested in learning about what it takes to become a Professor of African American literary and cultural studies? Apply for the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute and receive a $2,000 stipend for participating in the summer program.
The Institute cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training. The institute takes place June 1 - 25, 2014, and the application deadline is March 14, 2014.
Learn more and apply at the AALCI website.
February 19, 2014
Recent Department of Anthropology doctoral graduate Carla Pezzia was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for her work in helping to improve the lives of victims of alcoholism in Panajachel, Guatemala.
Read more on UTSA Today.
January 30, 2014
Department of Sociology adjunct Tamara Casso was nominated by one of her students to receive a UTSA Amber Award. Her student will present the award to her at the Amber Awards Dinner on February 13, giving a talk about her positive influence on his academic journey.
January 30, 2014
Jason Roberts in New Hanover Island (2012)
Department of Anthropology Ph.D. student Jason Roberts received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for his doctoral research project, The Political Ecology of Post-logging Livelihoods and Landscapes on New Hanover Island, Papua New Guinea. The grant will allow him to conduct 14 months of ethnographic and ecological research in Papua New Guinea.
January 28, 2014
Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Aida Ramos-Wada, who joined UTSA in Fall 2013, received an $8,000 fellowship from the Lilly Endowment to study Latino Protestant Congregations.
Visit the LPC Project site for details about the fellowship.
January 28, 2014
The Master of Arts Degree in Communication offered by the Department of Communication was among seven graduate programs at UTSA recongized by Eduniversal International Scientific Committee's Best Masters Ranking 2013-2014.
Read more at the San Antonio Business Journal.
January 3, 2014
Three COLFA students were awarded with a Spring 2014 Office of Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Congratulations to Victoria Olivio (Psychology), Shane Jones (Sociology) and Evelyn Head (Communication)!
Victoria Olivo was also featured in Ovations Magazine. Read her story here.
January 2, 2014
The late registration deadline for COLFA's annual Spring Research Conference is January 23, 2014. Apply online today for a chance to gain valuable presentation experience and win monetary awards!
The one-day event includes sections for research papers, posters, multimedia presentations, creative writing, art, and musical performance and concludes with an awards ceremony where outstanding contributions in all categories are recognized.
December 16, 2013
Dr. Christensen at the APA Award Ceremony
Department of Philosophy and Classics Associate Professor Joel P. Christensen was awarded the highly prestigious 2013 American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level. The APA honored his exceptional teaching work on a broad range of courses on the ancient world as well as his true dedication to student development.
December 9, 2013
The Center for Archeological Research is investigating artifacts from a site believed to be the location of San Antonio's first Spanish colonial mission.
Read more on mySA.
December 4, 2013
Applications are being accepted for the Nau Graduate Fellowship in History. Five to seven students will be selected to receive $8,000 to $12,000 each per year. Interested students are invited to apply online prior to the application deadline of February 17, 2014.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 27, 2013
Jill Graper Hernandez
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jill Hernandez received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book project, “Acquainted with Grief: Early Modern Feminist Conceptions of God, Evil, and Theodicy.” The book will examine responses to the problem of evil from the perspective of early modern female scholars.
November 25, 2013
Associate Professor of History Patrick J. Kelly published an op-ed piece on the Civil War in The New York Times, and collegue James Schneider published an essay in the Express News in connection with last week's John F. Kennedy tributes.
November 25, 2013
Junior political science major Hannah Roe Beck became the first UTSA student to win the Ed Whitacre Scholarship awarded by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
The $10,000 scholarship is awarded every year to college juniors in the San Antonio area who demonstrate excellence in leadership. Hannah will be honored at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, and will be paired with a mentor through the Chamber.
November 22, 2013
Department of Psychology Associate Professor Mary McNaughton-Cassill published Mind the Gap: Coping with Stress in the Modern World, a textbook that explores the stresses of modern life and explains how thoughts and feelings can both create and bridge the gap between what people have and what they want.
Read more on UTSA Today.
November 22, 2013
Do you want to start a successful international career? Do you want to travel the world? Do you want to solve global conflicts? Do you want to engage in life-changing experiences? Well, we might not make you the next James Bond but a BA degree in Global Affairs will provide you with everything else you need to succeed!
Globalization affects all of us, in positive and negative ways. Global terrorism, new wars, genocide and ethnic cleansings, climate change, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction all challenge our security as global citizens. At the same time, new technologies and a global economy offer us new opportunities for global welfare and development.
It is a whole new world out there waiting to be studied.
Effective immediately, the Department of Political Science & Geography offers a new Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs to provide students with the tools to understand, shape, and change world politics.
Graduating with this degree will open job opportunities and career options in:
Successful completion of the degree also qualifies you to continue your academic career in law school or with a master degree building on your newly gained knowledge! It truly is a unique chance as there is no other such degree in the Texan public university system!
The world needs students who understand global affairs and who also want to shape and change it for the better. Educating those students and preparing them for the challenges of a globalized world is the mission statement of our new degree. And even if your goal is not to become the next special agent, we can still make you the next UN Secretary-General or the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor…
Global challenges await – do you have what it takes to manage them?
November 22, 2013
The Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University cordially invites abstract submissions to its inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language to be held on February 21-22, 2014. Abstracts will be selected for 20-minute presentations (with 10 minutes for discussion) as well as for poster presentations.
Abstracts will be accepted (in Spanish or English) from researchers, teachers, and students representing all viewpoints and subfields of study to share, discuss, and explore both theoretical and practical knowledge in any area of Spanish Heritage Bilingual Development.
Concurrent with the conference on Saturday, a workshop will be hosted that aims to explore best and most effective practices on teaching Spanish to heritage language learners. The main goal of this workshop is to provide the participants with the tools to foster and encourage social, linguistic and cultural diversity.
All student presenters will be eligible for consideration for a most promising scholar award.
Call deadline: December 1st, 2013
Notification of acceptance: December 20th, 2013
Abstract Submission: Authors are asked to submit their anonymous abstracts via the Easy Abstracts submission site. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Tables, examples, and references may be included on a second page. No more than two abstracts per person should be submitted, with no more than one as first or sole author.
For more information, contact the organizing committee at email@example.com.
November 21, 2013
Top: Willie Hale, Department of Psychology Ph.D. student. Bottom: Sean Vina, Department of Sociology Master's student.
Two COLFA graduate students were among the six winners of this semester's Ready, Set, Research! competition: Willie Hale (Psychology) and Sean Vina (Sociology).
Willie came in first place in the Doctoral category and Sean came in second place in the Master's category, proving that the liberal arts can play a starring role in tier-one level research.
Congratulations to these talented researchers!
November 20, 2013
Department of Music assistant professor Ethan Wickman was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment for his work on "Let the Word Go Forth," a musical tribute to John F. Kennedy.
Read the full story on UTSA Today.
November 18, 2013
The UTSA PRSSA chapter was honored with the Star Chapter Award by the national Public Relations Student Society of America. Ariana Trevino, the chapter's president, was also awarded the PRSSA Gary Yoshimura Scholarship.
November 13, 2013
Department of Philosophy and Classics Associate Professor Joel Christensen will receive the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level.
The award will be presented at the Plenary Session of the APA's 2014 Annual Meeting on January 4, 2014.
Visit the APA website for a list of past award winners.
November 4, 2013
Department of Anthropology Professor Joanna Lambert was named a Fellow of the highly prestigious Royal Linnean Society of London. Founded in 1778, the Linnean Society is the oldest active natural history and biology society in the world, as well as the leading institution for the study of taxonomy and natural history.
The Society is named in honor of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. The Patron of the Society is HRM Queen Elizabeth II, and other Fellows include Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
November 1, 2013
The Mexico Center is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 competition for the UTSA Mexico Center Educational Research Fellowship.
This fellowship provides financial assistance for student/faculty research projects on Mexico-related topics that need time in Mexico to do field work or consultation at a university or research center.
Awards will be announced in January 2014.
Read more on UTSA Today.
November 1, 2013
Over 200 COLFA students were selected for membership in the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi based on their outstanding academic achievements. Those who accept the invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society, will be recognized at an induction ceremony on Dec. 4 at the UTSA Main Campus.
October 22, 2013
COLFA alum Carla Pezzia won the highly competitive 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology in August after succesfully defending her dissertation, "The Sober Self: Discourse and Identity of Recovering Alcoholics in the Western Highlands of Guatemala."
October 17, 2013
UTSA East Asia Institute's Mimi Yu and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' Sulin Su will establish the new program.
The Taiwan Academy recently awarded UTSA a $20,000 grant to host the Taiwan Series to promote Taiwan/Sinology studies.
UTSA’s Taiwan Series is comprised of a seminar series, lecture series, film festival, visiting artist workshop series, an art tour to the San Antonio Museum of Art, a Sinology Trivia Contest and establishing a Taiwan Learning Resources Center within the East Asia Institute at UTSA.
Mimi Yu, Lecturer of Japanese and associate director of the East Asia Institute is one of the two principal investigators of the grant.
“We are very excited about this funding opportunity as it will bring many Sinology-related events to our campus,” Yu said. “Chinese language, society, culture, religions, architecture, history, arts, customs, and traditions will be introduced to the San Antonio community through the Taiwan Series.”
Sulin Su, Lecturer of Chinese of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is the other principal investigator of the grant. “We are certain Taiwan Series will inspire our students to take interest in learning more about Taiwan within the context of Asia,” said Su. “Taiwan and Texas share many similarities and Taiwan has been a big collaborator with Texas in terms of its economic development.”
"We hope the Taiwan Series will help promote understanding of Taiwan and thus inspire the study and research of Sinology at UTSA and in San Antonio," said Julius Gribou, interim director of the East Asia Institute and Executive Vice Provost. "Bringing educational programming like this to UTSA is a great way to globalize our campus culture."
The grand opening of the Taiwan Series will coincide with the Taiwan Film Festival to be held on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. The campus community is invited to the reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the public screening of Cape No. 7 to be followed by a short lecture and panel discussion featuring UTSA’s Taiwan specialist Dr. Thomas Bellows of the Department of Political Science and Geography.
Taiwan and Sinology Seminars are held on Oct. 11, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 25 in the Main Bldg. room 1.209.
Taiwan Lecture Series are held on Oct. 22 (MB 0.106) and Nov. 26 (MB 4.106).
Taiwan Film Series and Festival are scheduled on Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12. All three films will be publicly screened in MB 0.106.
Art tour to the San Antonio Museum of Art is set to happen on Oct. 27 that will feature the Chinese art collection at the museum with a narrated tour specially designed for the Taiwan Series. Sign up can be done at the East Asia Institute’s homepage.
Sinology and Chinese Culture Booths will also be available on Nov. 13 during the International Educational Week (IEW) at the University Center Paseo area.
Visiting Artist Workshop Series are held on Nov. 14 during the International Education Week featuring two calligraphy and ink painting experts Chuan Chang and Shih-chioun Hsiao from Taiwan with a hands-on workshop.
Also available during the IEW is the Sinology Trivia Contest and Video Contest. Call for submissions will be announced on the East Asia Institute’s homepage soon.
All of the Taiwan Series events are free and open to the public. For detailed information about the series, see the East Asia Institute website or contact the EAI office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.458.4943.
October 17, 2013
Department of Music's Michelle Pietri and William McCrary
Department of Music's Michelle Pietri and William McCrary will receive the prestigious Jasmina Wellinghoff Award given by the Alamo Theatre Arts Council for their work with the UTSA Lyric Theatre Program.
Read more on mySA.
October 17, 2013
The Department of Art and Art History and the Honors College are offering a new course this Fall titled "Art and Neuroscience." Taught by neuroscientist Donald Robin and artist Megan Harrison, the course looks at the effect of artistic processes on the brain and senses.
Read more on UTSA Today.
October 17, 2013
Department of Psychology's Dr. Ephrem Fernandez examines anger dysfunction in his new edited volume Treatments for Anger in Specific Populations, publshed by Oxford University Press.
Read more on UTSA Today.
October 8, 2013
The Account Control Technology Foundation's ACT Second-Year Scholarship Program is offering 25 $1,000 scholarships to qualifying sophomores nationwide.
The application deadline is October 15, 2013.
For details, visit the ACT website.
October 1, 2013
Thankam Sunil is program director of Oh Snap!
Department of Sociology's Dr. Thankam Sunil received $900,000 in funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) for his new Oh Snap! aids and substance abuse prevention program. The funding will enable the program to provide integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention services to African American, Hispanic/Latino, and other minority young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are enrolled at UTSA.
Dr. Sunil, who serves as the director of the Institute for Health Disparities Research, developed the program in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and local minority serving community-based organizations.
Following is the project's abstract:
Oh Snap! is a collaborative effort between The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio- Division of Community Pediatrics (CP), and minority serving Community-Based Organizations- Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS Coalition Trust (BEAT AIDS) and San Antonio Fighting Back , Inc. (SAFB) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among minority young adults. The project will provide an integrated substance abuse and HIV intervention by utilizing a comprehensive array of evidence-based substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies, including implementing culturally competent education curricula, HIV testing services, and environmental prevention strategies developed under a Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
September 27, 2013
Students walk by the new statue, temporarily housed in the Main Campus' University Center.
The 1,000-pound iron statue of Rowdy the Roadrunner arrived on campus last Thursday and awaits its permanent location, which students can vote on.
Read the full story on mySA.
September 23, 2013
Photo by Steve Stewart (Vietnam)
The submission deadline for the UTSA International Photo Competition is October 1. Winners will receive prizes and their entries will be displayed in the University Center's Gallery 23.
Learn more at UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
Nearly half of the 42 UTSA faculty members that earned tenure, promotion, and emeritus status this Fall semester are faculty in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Read more and view the full list of promotions on UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
The UTSA Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholars Program is seeking applicants for its Ph.D. preparation program. The program serves students from underrepresented communities who are interested in pursuing doctorate studies.
Read more on UTSA Today.
September 20, 2013
Matthew Duarte is the editor-in-chief of The Paisano
Political Science and Geography major Matthew Duarte was featured in UTSA Today's "Meet a Roadrunner" segment. Read the full story here.
March 6, 2013
Photo courtesy of Anwei Chen
Click HERE to read an article about '08 COLFA Graduate Anwei Chen who was the visual effects production manager for Beasts of the Southern Wild, the Sundance-winning 2012 film that snagged four Oscar nominations this year.
February 22, 2013
President and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors John L. Nau III and his wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Nau, have pledged $1 million over the next five years to establish the Nau Scholars Program Fund in the Deaprtment of History. The fund will help UTSA recruit and support talented undergraduate and master's students in history. See below for more infromation and application links.
- The Nau Undergraduate Scholarship is open to current undergraduate students in the UTSA History program.
- 6-12 students will be selected as Nau Scholars to receive awards of $5,000 to $10,000 each for the academic year 2013-2014.
- The Nau Graduate Fellowship is open to newly admitted graduate students enrolled in the M.A. Program in History Students must not have completed any graduate history courses at UTSA .
- 5-7 students will be selected as Nau Fellows to receive $8,000 to $12,000 each for the academic year 2013-2014.
- Graduate fellowships are available for students with scholarly interests in all areas of history. We strongly encourage applications from students interested in studying diverse temporal, geographic, and thematic fields.
- Students with an interest in the U.S. Civil War Era and Texas History (including borderlands history) may complete additional requirements to be eligible for a two-year funding package that will include a Teaching Assistantship the second year. Two multi-year packages will be awarded to students in these fields.
- Recipients of the two-year package could receive an additional award of $10,000 to $16,000 for the 2nd year award provided recipients meet the minimum award requirements each semester and commit to a Teaching Assistantship in the department in the second year. The total award package could be between $18,000 to $28,000 over two years.
- The Nau Teaching Assistantship is open to students enrolled in the UTSA M.A. Program in History for the full academic year 2013-2014. 4-6 Teaching Assistants will be selected to work up to 19 hours per week assisting faculty mostly in upper division history courses.
- Teaching assistants will receive $10,000 to $16,000 per year and will be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
- Two Teaching Assistantships are reserved for applicants whose demonstrated research interest focuses on one of two fields: (1) Texas History (including borderlands history), or (2) 19th Century, United States Civil War Era.
- Teaching Assistantships are also available for students with scholarly interests outside of the subjects of 19th Century U.S. Civil War or the History of Texas; we strongly encourage applications from diverse temporal, geographic, and thematic fields.
October 15, 2012
AKD donates items to refugee students in SA
Two local elementary schools educating refugees, Glenoaks and Colonies North, received more than 100 pairs of pants, 115 shirts, 75 toothbrushes, 75 tubes of toothpaste, 48 packages of undergarments, 29 packages of socks and 18 belts Friday from the UTSA-based Alpha Xi chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society.
September 10, 2012
Delegates from the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program tour the Center for Archeological Research
COLFA’s Center for Archaeological Research hosted an international archeological delegation as part of the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants from a wide range of countries came to discuss cultural preservations methods in the face of widespread urban development.
Read the full story on UTSA Today.
August 28, 2012
Yesterday COLFA held its college-specific orientation for freshmen as part of the UTSA Roadrunner Days (August 24-31), a one-week event designed to equip new students with the tools for a successful college career. Department-specific stands were available in the McKinney Humanities Building lobby following the orientation presentation to acquaint students with the wealth of disciplines offered by the college.
There are still plenty of fun and interesting events on the agenda… learn more on the Roadrunner Days website!
August 22, 2012
This summer, while excavating a project for the San Antonio River Authority, The Center for Archeological Research (CAR) uncovered burnt clay pieces that may have been part of a jacal-type structure (a hut with a thatched roof and walls consisting of thin stakes).
CAR members are conducting some basic experimental archaeology by reconstructing the jacal structure to then burn it down, in order to interpret what exactly they are excavating in the archeological site located in south Bexar County along the San Antonio River.
Visit the CAR webiste.
August 22, 2012
For the second year in a row, The Department of English Ph.D. program was named a Finalist in the Excelencia in Education awards competition. Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record Dr. Jeanne C. Reesman will travel to Washington, DC on October 2 to represent UTSA and receive the award during a ceremony at the Capitol building.
The program was originally nominated by the previous Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Norma Cantú (now retired), who wrote the grant along with Dr. Reesman.
Read last year’s story on the English Ph.D. program’s receipt of the Excelencia award.
July 30, 2012
Founding Dean of UTSA's College of Fine and Applied Arts Jacinto Quirarte.
Jacinto Quirarte, Professor Emeritus and founding Dean of the former College of Fine and Applied Arts (now COLFA), died on July 20 at 80 years of age. Dr. Quirarte was a recognized expert on pre-Columbian art history and an influential figure in the Chicano art movement, as well as one of UTSA’s founding fathers in the field of fine arts.
July 3, 2012
Andrew Oberle at the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Eden.
Last Thursday, June 28, Anthropology graduate student Andrew Oberle was tragically mauled by chimpanzees at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. Andrew is being treated at a local hospital, where he’s been operated on twice and is thankfully recovering despite serious injuries.
Friends of Andrew have responded by launching an online donation drive to help pay for travel and medical expenses, as well as a Help Andrew Oberle Facebook page to raise awareness of Andrew’s cause. Please spread the word to your friends and consider making a donation.
Learn more at mySA.com.
June 28, 2012
Department of English Assistant Professor Dr. David Vance was awarded the 2012 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award for his book manuscript Stupor, due for publication in 2013.
Learn more at Elixir Press.
June 28, 2012
Department of Music Associate Professor Dr. William McCrary, who directed “The Secret Garden” for the UTSA Lyric Opera last year, returns to the director’s seat this year for a run with the Harlequin Dinner Theatre.
Read the full story on mySA.
June 22, 2012
Victor Hernandez speaking at an award ceremony for UTSA's East Asia-Pacific Institute essay competition
Recent COLFA graduate Carolina Canizales (who we wrote about last month) landed an internship at the independent San Antonio news site The Rivard Report, where she’s gotten started by writing Victor Hernandez’s Journey of Words, a fascinating article about fellow distinguished COLFA student Victor Hugo Hernandez-Jayme’s remarkable path of scholarly activism.
To learn more about Victor, also read our previous post about his receipt of the prestigious Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics.
June 18, 2012
Dean Gelo observes as Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag presents a shawl to Comanche elder Beverly Isaacs.
College Dean and Professor of Anthropology Dan Gelo participated in a significant cultural exchange last month between 25 Comanche Nation elders and the Fort Hood Cultural Resource Management Team, an organization devoted to identifying cultural and historic properties in Fort Hood for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
As a leading scholar on the Comanche Nation, Dr. Gelo lectured to attendees at Fort Hood and took part in ceremonial activities including the presentation of traditional shawls to Comanche elders by the garrison command.
Participants expect the event will serve as a model for future historical preservation endeavors involving Native American culture. Dr. Gelo agreed, noting that the project’s pioneering value lies in the bringing together of “archaeology, archival history, Native oral history and the knowledge of present-day tribal elders.”
Via the Fort Hood Sentinel.
June 5, 2012
Kyle Briegel, President of the student chapter of SMPS at UTSA (far left), Greg Smith, Jamail & Smith Construction.
The Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) San Antonio held a fundraiser event for the SMPS Striving for Excellence in Communication Scholarship, raising $8,000 and giving students the opportunity to apply for the scholarship.
May 31, 2012
English major Victor Hugo Hernandez-Jayme came in second place for the extremely competitive Prize in Ethics awarded by The Elie Wiesel Foundation. The award was given in recognition of Victor’s essay, “The Uninformed Merchants of Death: Exploring the Role of Consumer Ethics in the War on Drugs.”
Victor will be flying to New York to receive the prize (which includes a $2,500 award) from Mr. Wiesel himself, who established his foundation shortly after winning the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize. This marks the first time the prize is given to a student at a university in San Antonio and the first time it is awarded to a Hispanic in the last ten years.
Read the full article on UTSA Today.
May 24, 2012
A billboard supporting atheism by the Washington, DC-based United Coalition of Reason.
Department of Philosophy and Classics Lecturer Oak DeBerg describes his experience as an outspoken atheist in the conservative hot bed of the Texas Hill Country.
Read the article on mySA.
May 21, 2012
The Department of English will launch a new certificate program in the Fall 2012 semester. The Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition will be a 12 credit hour concentration with coursework in advanced, interdisciplinary study of language and language instruction for graduate students.
The program will be of particular interest to doctoral students focusing on one of the two areas of emphasis in UTSA’s Ph.D. program, Rhetoric and Composition.
Learn more about the certificate at the Graduate School.
May 16, 2012
Department of Political Science and Geography professor Dr. John Miller Morris was selected as the 2012 Piper Professor by the San Antonio–based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which recognizes outstanding professors annually from across the state.
Read the full story on UTSA Today.
May 4, 2012
Dr. Omid Rahimi at UT Health Science Center's human dissection lab.
Last Tuesday, graduate voice pedagogy students in the Department of Music sang at a memorial service for body donors at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The performance was part of a novel exchange between the sister institutions that allowed UTSA voice students to work with human bodies in UTHSCSA’s dissection lab – “a life changing experience for us all,” in the words of Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy John Nix.
Dr. Omid Rahimi, Distinguished Teaching Professor at UTHSCSA, said of the event: “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response from attendants at the burial of ashes ceremony… without a doubt your participation in the event significantly contributed to its success. Thank you so much for your wonderful performance alongside your exemplary group of vocal graduate students. Your students provided an experience that the donor’s family members and our students will long remember. The combination of the procession and the music performed by you and your students left few eyes without tears.”
Professor Nix and Dr. Rahimi plan to make the exchange an annual event.
May 1, 2012
COLFA students Daniel Crotty (History / English), Adriana Hernandez (Political Science and Geography), Jamie Johnson (Political Science and Geography), Autumn Lansford (Political Science and Geography / Modern Languages and Literatures), Emily Nasir (Political Science and Geography) and Charles Wilkinson (Political Science and Geography) were accepted into the Bill Archer Fellowship Program for 2012-13.
The Bill Archer Fellowship was established by The University of Texas System in conjunction with Former U.S. Representative Bill Archer as a way to bring highly motivated and accomplished students to Washington, D.C. to participate in varied internships and take part in classes focusing on policy, economics, and persuasion.
Read more about the program here.
April 30, 2012
The Department of Sociology’s first Public Health student, Christian Arredondo, was accepted into Columbia University Medical Center’s highly competitive Summer Public Health Scholars Program. The major emphasis of the CUMC SPHSP is to focus on academic and professional development within the field of public health.
April 30, 2012
Students register to attend the conference.
The 5th Annual African American Studies Symposium was held Tuesday, April 12 at the UTSA Main Campus Denman Ballroom.
Presenters from across the country participated in this dynamic event, including keynote speaker Dr. William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Rutgers University and author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress” (Walker, 2010).
The African American Studies Symposium is held every year and serves to provide a voice that expresses the Black presence at UTSA and beyond to positively affect the role of Blacks in America.
For more information, visit the AASS website.
April 24, 2012
Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities Dr. Sonja Lanehart has been invited to collaborate on a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant for the production of the documentary film “Talking Black in America.” Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and Director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, is the principal investigator for the grant.
“Talking Black in America,” will be the first documentary film entirely on language use in the African American community produced by sociolinguists, educational linguistics, linguistic anthropologists, and language variationists. Previous projects are either outdated or lacking in meaningful content. As an expert in the field, Dr. Lanehart’s collaboration is considered “invaluable in the effort” to the success of the project, according to Dr. Wolfram.
April 23, 2012
Twin brothers and Art majors Travis and Rustein Merriweather travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, a three-day conference centered around humanitarian and environmental efforts worldwide.
Read the full story on mySA.
April 16, 2012
The Department of Art and Art History opened the new Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on the west side of the Main Campus.
The building will make eighteen studios available to graduate Art and Art History students. Read the full article on UTSA Today.
April 16, 2012
Associate Professor of Political Science and Geography Dr. Amy Jasperson was featured in the latest issue of San Antonio Woman Magazine.
Read the online version of the article here.
April 12, 2012
Department of Communication Associate Professor Dr. Sara DeTurk’s article, “Allies in Action: The Communicative Experiences of People Who Challenge Social Injustice on Behalf of Others” (Communication Quarterly, 59.5, 569-590), was selected as the 2012 ECA Article of the Year.
Her award will be delivered at the 103rd ECA Convention in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday April 28, 2012.
Additional recent publications by Dr. DeTurk include “‘I need to know’: Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue” (Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35.1, 37-60) and “Critical andragogy and communication activism: Approaches, tensions, and lessons learned” (Communication Teacher, 25.1, 48-60).
April 11, 2012
Art and Art History major Travis Buffkin was featured on the San Antonio Express-News’ mySA website for his work with his band, Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath.
Read the article here.
April 11, 2012
Professor of Sociology and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Social Science Dr. Christopher G. Ellison will lecture at Baylor University Thursday, April 12, 2012.
His lecture, “Does Faith Really Matter? Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health,” will focus on the growing influence of research linking spirituality with positive psychological development.
Find out more at the Baylor site.
April 3, 2012
Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Baumann published a study with University of Utah’s Dr. Bryan Bonner on the importance of individual knowledge and confidence in group problem-solving.
Read the full story here.
April 2, 2012
The UTSA mobile app has arrived, providing student access to class schedules, grades, account balances and holds, along with links to the UTSA directory, campus maps, news and events, and athletics.
The app is available for free on the Apple App Store store as well as the Android Marketplace.
For more info visit the app page.
March 27, 2012
On March 24, 2012, UTSA voice faculty and students traveled to Texas State University for the annual South Texas NATS District Singing Competition. Over 250 singers competed from schools ranging from Mary Hardin Baylor in the north to UT-Brownsville in the south. 43 UTSA voice majors competed, and of these, 20 were finalists and 7 were 1st place winners in their category. Every member of our full-time faculty had students in the finals.
Below is a list of finalists and semi-finalists by category, placing, and studio teacher.
Finalists , placing and teacher
Freshmen Women: Elise Miller (5th, Diana Allan); Sarah Howell (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Alexa Nichols (1st, Linda Poetschke; Winner of Herald Stark Encouragement Award)
Freshmen Men: Adrien Johnson (3rd, Gary Mabry)
Sophomore Women: Rachel Pena (4th, Diana Allan)
Sophomore Men: Rob Saldana (3rd, Diana Allan)
Junior Women: Melissa Monaghan (4th, Linda Poetschke), Laquette Barksdale (3rd, Gary Mabry), Regina Branford (1st, Linda Poetschke)
Junior Men: Darius Thomas (2nd, Linda Poetschke); Daniel Watson (1st, Susan Olson)
Senior Women: Ariana Reyna (3rd, Linda Poetschke); Crystal White (1st, Diana Allan)
Senior Men: Nathaniel Askey (1st, Diana Allan)
Graduate Women: Kristen Richards (3rd, Diana Allan)
Graduate Men: Andrew Specht (4th, John Nix); Geo Flores (1st, Bill McCrary)
Adult Advanced: Mary McKay (2nd, Susan Olson)
Adult Beginner: Christina Silliker (1st, Bill McCrary)
Musical Theater - College: Hailey Mead (2nd, Susan Olson)
Semi-finalists and teacher
Freshmen Women: Myrna Peralez (Gary Mabry)
Freshmen Men: Andrew Price (Gary Mabry)
Sophomore Women: Brianna Garcia (Linda Poetschke); Jackie Rivera (Linda Poetschke)
Junior Women: Kristin DeGroot (Gary Mabry); Taylor Vollmer (Diana Allan); Samantha Parker (Susan Olson)
Senior Women: Jennifer Rivera (Susan Olson); Rachel Pierce (Linda Poetschke)
Graduate Women: Brenna Casey (Diana Allan)
Musical Theater - College: Kaedee Franco (John Nix); Janie Beck (Linda Poetschke)
March 23, 2012
Art and Modern Languages double major Elizabeth Costales was selected to participate in the highly competitive Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program.
Elizabeth will be studying Japanese intensively in Kyoto and experiencing immersion through various cultural enrichment programs.
Read the full story at the UTSA International Gateway site.
March 23, 2012
President of the American Sociological Association Erik Olin Wright lectured on “Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, Possible Futures” March 20, 2012. Dr. Wright is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. His empirical research has focused especially on the changing character of class structures in developed capitalist societies.
About Dr. Wright
Erik Olin Wright was born in Berkeley, California, in 1947, grew up in Kansas, and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of California-Berkeley. He has taught sociology at the University of Wisconsin since 1976 where he is currently Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. His academic work has been centrally concerned with reconstructing the Marxist tradition of social theory and research in ways that attempt to make it more relevant to contemporary concerns and more cogent as a scientific framework of analysis. His empirical research has focused especially on the changing character of class structures in developed capitalist societies. Since 1992 he has directed The Real Utopias Project which explores a wide range of proposals for new institutional designs that embody emancipatory ideals and yet are attentive to issues of pragmatic feasibility. He is currently president of the American Sociological Association.
His principal books include: The Politics of Punishment (New York: Harper and Row, 1973), Class, Crisis and the State (London: Verso, 1978), Classes (London: Verso, 1985), The Debate on Classes (London: Verso, 1990), Reconstructing Marxism: essays on Explanation and the Theory of History (with Elliott Sober and Andrew Levine. Verso, 1992); Interrogating Inequality (London: Verso, 1994); Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2000); Deepening Democracy: institutional innovations in empowered participatory governance (with Archon Fung. London: Verso: 2003); Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso, 2010); and jointly with Joel Rogers, American Society: how it really works (W.W. Norton, 2011).
His website is www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright.
March 5, 2012
Last Monday, Professor Deborah Wagner arrived at her office door to find a professionally sculpted totem pole made out of discarded computer cases, internal parts meticulously crafted to resemble animal life, and custom pre-Columbian decals. Four computers tall, the crowning piece consisted of a coffee machine embellished with rotating compact-disc eyes and metallic wings announcing Ms. Wagner’s upcoming summer course, Ritual & Symbol (ANT 3133.01F).
It wasn’t long before a crowd of admirers formed around the impressive piece. Adding to the enchantment was the fact that the totem pole had been left outside Ms. Wagner’s door anonymously, somehow carried there and installed in secrecy between six and eight in the morning. The identity of the artist, now known to be art major Charlie Nowak, would not be revealed for another three days.
In Ms. Wagner’s words:
“On Monday morning (February 27) I came upon what appeared to be a stack of old computers that were set outside my office door. As I got closer I realized that it was a sculpture of a totem made out of old computers. I was struck by the fact that whoever made this did not leave their name—it was an offering to me that was anonymous until just yesterday.”
“The totem is embellished with all kinds of different pieces of computer hardware artwork and custom stencil designs. Every piece utilizes some component of computer technology that marks a clan lineage with various totem animals. The very top of the totem traces back the apical ancestor to the coffee maker (I can relate, I love coffee).”
“I immediately was struck by the layers of artwork—everything is embedded with so much intricate design. I think the artist, who I now know is Charlie Nowak, a former student and art major here at UTSA, is utilizing discarded technology to perhaps make a statement that moves beyond Duchamp’s toilet (‘what is art’ to ‘what are we doing to the environment?’) but this is just my early perception—as I look at it I contemplate many other ideas about what Charlie is saying—every time I look, I see something new.”
“I am moved and honored by the amount of work and creative genius that went into this kind gesture, and I certainly hope to figure out a way for more people to enjoy this amazing piece of artwork.”
(Photos by M. Cavazos. See more on the COLFA Facebook page.)
February 22, 2012
Students are invited to respond to a call for submissions for a Festschrift volume celebrating the career of UTSA Poet in Residence Wendy Barker. Dr. Barker is an award-winning poet, scholar, and essayist; she has been a mentor to numerous writers who now live, work, and teach all over the country. She introduced the Creative Writing Reading Series at UTSA, and continues to help the program grow.
Students are invited to submit work that celebrates the life and career of Wendy Barker, from her scholarly work on Emily Dickinson and Ruth Stone, to her award-winning poetry, and her dedication to teaching. Work inspired or influenced by Dr. Barker is also welcomed.
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction/Essays should be double-spaced, and Scholarly Essays (5-20 pages) should be in MLA style. Previously published work is acceptable as long as the author has full rights and grants written permission for it to be republished.
All submissions should include name, mailing and email addresses. Digital files should be submitted here. Submissions are due May 1, 2012.
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