KLRU News Briefs: Austin Roller Derby Exhibit at Bob Bullock Museum

At the Bob Bullock Texas State History museum there’s plenty of artifacts from Texas’ legendary beginning, but go up to the third floor, and you’ll find a different kind of history exhibit. Curated by Jenny Cobb and Erin McClelland, the Bob Bullock’s Roller Derby Exhibit is a unique addition to the museum.

“It [The Roller Derby Exhibit] basically follows the evolution of roller derby from its inception in 1935 to the current evolution of the sport that we’re seeing in Austin today,” said Cobb.

Roller Derby was re-invented in Austin in the early 2000s, beginning a roller derby revival across the world. While many may not know how much Texas is at the heart of the roller derby story, today skaters everywhere view it as the epicenter for the sport.

“I had been skating in the Texas Roller Girls recreational league and what I saw was that the experience that I was having and that a lot of other women were having in the league didn’t match up with the story people were telling about roller derby and I really thought that it was a story that needed to be told more broadly,” said McClelland.

She approached the Bob Bullock Museum with the concept of a roller derby exhibit that would put forth a more well-rounded view of the sport. With contributions from the skating community, the exhibit features everything from dramatic skater ’boutfits’ to a roller derby name generator. It runs through August 8, 2015.

This story airs Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 during PBS NewsHour Weekend at 6:30pm. 

American Graduate Champion: Brady Roberts

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

twinsToday’s Champion is Brady Roberts! Brady is a student at Cedar Ridge High School. “I would always go to him for help, and a lot of times he would be really patient with me.”

Check out the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Glen Clark

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

army dadToday’s Champion is Glen Clark! Glen is a former servicemen from Round Rock, Texas. “He’s a very strong person and is extremely self motivated. I think he’s shaped me as a person, growing up with someone who is just as strong and as talented and willful as he is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Glen!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Quain Barfield

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

KaraandDadToday’s Champion is Quain Barfield! “My Dad really inspired me when I was growing up… he made me realize that I am just as worthy as other kids.” Take a look at the recommendation video from Cedar Ridge High School for more on Quain!

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

American Graduate Champion: Monica Aguirre

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

daughter and health professional mom (1)Today’s champion is Monica Aguirre! Monica is a mother and a healthcare professional in Round Rock, Texas. Each day she motivates and inspires her kids, her recommendation video said, “When you think about what a Mom does, it’s amazing. She [Monica Aguirre} has supported and motivated me through everything. There was a time when I just didn’t want to go to school anymore, and I started skipping a lot- it was my Mom who really got me back on track.” For more on Monica check out her recommendation video.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

American Graduate Champion: Javier Hernandez

 

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

policemanToday’s Champion is Javier Hernandez! Javier is the deputy sheriff at a Round Rock middle school, and has served as a mentor to students in the community. “Ever since I met him in 6th grade, he’s been a mentor and he’s inspired me. He has always been a person that will help me out no matter what the situation is.” Check out the recommendation video for more on Javier!

 Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

 

 

KLRU News Briefs: Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Boardwalk to Open June 7, 2014

This weekend during PBS NewsHour we take a look into the new Boardwalk that is opening right on Austin’s very own Lady Bird Lake. The call to action was made by The Trail Foundation in 2007. The first task they had to overcome was funding, which they partially achieved with the 2010 mobility bond package. The Trail Foundation then committed $3 million in private funds in order to match the public money that was put into it.

The hard work and effort that was put into the boardwalk is very visible as Marty Stump, Project Management Supervisor for the City of Austin, proudly boasts about during his interview.

“It is really the result of a lot of people working over a long, long time, and obviously the construction nearing completion is very exciting for the department,” Stump states. “And, I know a lot of the trail users are anxious to get on the trail.”

The Trail Foundation speaks highly about the hope for an “increased distribution” that the Boardwalk will allow for trail users. Susan Rankin, the Executive Director of The Trail Foundation, shows how pleased she is with the finished product.

“It is really different to be out over the water… it is totally different than the experience of walking or running on the trail,” Rankin attests. “It’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful destination.”

The opening of the new Boardwalk is occurring on June 7, 2014. It will start at 10am and includes entertainment, music and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a festive march across the Boardwalk itself.

This story airs on KLRU Saturday, May 24, 2014 during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2014

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester and the short films were completed by the juniors and seniors. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Papagayo, Final Cut Pro, and AVID. The students had to write, develop, and produce their pieces on their own. The sophomores worked on hand drawing and painting their characters in photoshop before working on After Effects to animate their stories. The juniors and seniors worked on their own to write, edit, and produce their films. These girls dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations and films.

These short films and animations are available now

Ann Richards School Student Productions 2013

An alien named Uchi has the most unfortunate speech impediment. When he falls in love with a girl named Layla, he works to overcome his inability to tell her how he feels.

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was founded in 2007 and serves grades 6-12. It is a unique public all-girls school in Austin, Texas dedicated to educating young women to become leaders and to provide them with the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. Ann Richards is a college preparatory school that focuses on challenging its students through rigorous pre-AP and AP courses.

When students at Ann Richards reach ninth grade, they choose one of three pathways to learn about in their four years of high school: Media Technology, Engineering, or Biomedical. Students in the Media Technology pathway create many short films and animations, among other things, over the course of their high school years. KLRU has partnered with juniors from the Media Technology pathway to share a selection of these shorts.

The animations were completed by the sophomores over the course of a semester. Before beginning these projects, students had to develop new skills and learn software programs such as Adobe After Effects and Papagayo. The sophomores had to create original story lines and characters that they would hand draw and paint in Photoshop before beginning to animate. They also dedicated time before and after school as well as on the weekends to complete their animations.

These short films and animations are available at http://video.klru.tv/program/ann-richards-school-student-productions/

Three baby chicks are playing in a field when an owl swoops down and takes one of them. The other two go to great lengths to save their fellow brother chick.