University-Bound Seniors Celebrated at College Signing Day

Higher-Ed bound students celebrate at College Signing Day.

Higher-Ed bound students celebrate at College Signing Day.

 

May saw Central Texas host its first College Signing Day, an event aimed at honoring high school seniors taking the next step into higher learning.

Over 400 students from 24 different high schools took part in the pep rally hosted by Huston-Tillotson University, where they pledged to pursue their higher education goals..

“It is a wonderful thing to be able to congratulate these young people on achieving their college dreams,” stated Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

For many students, realizing their dream of higher education is more than a personal accomplishment; it also serves as an inspiration for future generations.

“It’s not just them, it’s them being a role model,” said E3 Alliance President Susan Dawson.

Senior Delilah Miramontes echoed that mentality, hoping she can inspire those close to home.

“It’s such a big step for my family,” she said. “My parents didn’t go to college, and I know this inspires my little brother to continue.”

The event was tied to National Decision Day, a nationwide event meant to celebrate seniors for their post secondary plans.

Arts In Context Shorts: Second Saturdays

This week’s Arts In Context Shorts focuses on a monthly arts event for families. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin hosts family art-making activities at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays is a great way to make contemporary art accessible to families as it provides the opportunity to spend a relaxing day in a beautiful sculpture garden and learn about how nature influences art. Canopy Tower, a sculpture crafted specifically for Laguna Gloria, provided the inspiration for the table-top biospheres families gathered to create here.

 

Q Night at the Movies 5/9

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies features an all-new On Story, the feature film An Affair To Remember and back to back documentaries on doctors and nurses.

On Story Deconstructing The Fly at 7:30 pm
Mick Garris (Masters of Horror) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete) deconstruct the shock, suspense, and subtleties of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and how his execution has contributed to the legitimacy and intellect of the horror genre.

Feature film An Affair To Remember at 8 pm
Engaged to others, two cruise-ship passengers (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr) plan to reunite six months later atop the Empire State Building.

Pioneers of Television Doctors and Nurses at 9:59 pm
From George Clooney on “ER” to Richard Chamberlain on “Dr. Kildare,” television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of “ER”; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit “St. Elsewhere.”

No Evidence of Disease at 11 pm
This documentary follows a unique rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country who are taking healing and the arts to a new level (the band’s name comes from the four words every patient prays to hear, “No Evidence of Disease”). Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, the members soon saw the potential to reach women in a powerful way – through music.

 

Science Night May 13

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights May 10-16

KLRU Highlights

The love between Tommy and Gert makes Fred think about taking the next step with Violet on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The store takes a big gamble and Victor hits on a survival strategy on episode seven of season three of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust on episode six of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the evolution of daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb on Independent Lens Born to Fly at 9 pm Monday.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food on Soul of a Banquet at 10 pm Monday.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the years between 1901 and 1910 as murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat – particularly poultry – and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat.

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Comedian Marc Maron on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm Thursday takes a behind the scenes  look at the String Quartet Smackdown and the Golden Hornet Project.

The Daytripper goes to Round Rock and Monahans on back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm.

Ric Burns’ documentary American Masters American Ballet Theater at 8 pm Friday delves into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Friday at 10:30 pm. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

Grab the kids and let’s sow some seeds for easy summertime flowers to attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple shows how they’re carving out lawn for food and flowers in their new yard.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

KLRU announces local 2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

writers contest 2015

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 190 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and media creators will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prize packages including a library of ARTHUR® books by best-selling children’s author, Marc Brown, courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.

Tired of on-air pledge drives? Give to #yourklru instead!

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“I typically watch a LOT less during pledge drives.”

“It makes me mad when the pledge drives override a favorite program.”

“The very things we donate for are not served up during a pledge week.”

You spoke, and KLRU is listening! This June, KLRU is embarking on an unprecedented 5 day online giving drive and we’re asking you to Save the Date to GIVE!

You’re probably asking yourself “what is a 5 day online giving drive and how does it affect me?” First, you can expect to see your regularly scheduled programs – we won’t be pre-empting your favorite shows for special pledge programming. Second, we won’t be breaking into your shows to ask for your support. Instead, we’re relying on YOU and all Central Texans to come together to help us raise $50,000 in just 5 days!

GIVE by Saving-the-date to donate online at klru.org June 1st – 5th.

ENGAGE by sharing what you love about KLRU on social media today and hashtagging it #yourklru.

INSPIRE by spreading the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to Save-the-Date to give too!

Fundraising drives are essential to KLRU’s financial stability - over 85% of KLRU’s annual funding comes from community support, but only 3% of KLRU’s weekly viewers make an annual donation to the station. Which is why we’re counting on YOU to do your part to help us transform the way we fundraise by making a gift in support of #yourklru.

It’s a full week of programming brought to you by…YOU! Will you do your part and make a gift in support of #yourklru, June 1st – 5th at klru.org?

 

KLRU News Briefs: Learning Cultural Heritage, and Texas Tribune highlights #txlege

“For the most part, children in our public schools are not getting a curriculum that responds to their culture, their identity, their communities that affirm who they are.  So children who come to Academia Cuauhtli have an opportunity to learn that they’re not marginal, and learn that they’re members of a community that has roots that go all the way back to the original inhabitants of this continent.”

That quote comes from Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Co-Founder of Academia Cuauhtli, which offers classes about Mexican-American and Tejano culture every Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. This weekend during PBS NewsHour we visit a recent class to learn more about how their program fills the gaps in common history courses.

“Children at this level are learning about Greek gods, and getting access to Texas history, and this is an opportunity to share from a grounded, rooted, historic standpoint what that culture, language, and arts are and have been for this community,” Dr. Valenzuela said. “A lot of children feel very alienated and distanced from school, particularly if they’re immigrants. [This] helps them to feel connected to the larger curriculum. It becomes a bridge.”

On Sunday, The Texas Tribune rounds up the past week at the Texas State Capitol. Lawmakers advanced further restrictions on abortions, including bills that would ban abortion coverage from health insurance plans, and require abortion facilities to post information about adoption. Also this week, Governor Greg Abbott reported for jury duty, a new survey from the University of Texas at Austin shows a majority of Americans support a cities’ ability to ban fracking, and a House committee voted to designate an official hashtag of the Texas Legislature. You can see the Tribune’s Political Roundup in the video below.

 

Q Night at the Movies May 2

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, KLRU Q features an ALL NEW On Story plus the feature film Victor Victoria.

On Story Conversation with John Ridley at 7:30 pm
John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy Award-winning script for 12 Years a Slave. Accompanied by Alex Clark’s short film, Siren, about two ambulance paramedics faced with an emergency that’s out of this world.

Feature film Victor Victoria at 8 pm
A Chicago mobster (James Garner) falls for a female impersonator (Julie Andrews), actually a woman, in 1930s Paris.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 10:15 pm
Part 1 and 2 back-to-back of Harry’s interview with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon.

Arts In Context Light in the Dark at 11:15 pm
This documentary film focuses on designer Gail Chovan who uses life experiences to inspire her artisanal couture of all things black

Independent Lens Brothers Hypnotic at 11:45 pm
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not always willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision.

 

 

 

Highlights May 3-9

KLRU Highlights

A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend’s criminal past on Call the Midwife season 4 episode 6 Sunday at 7 pm.

Harry, Mardle, and Grove spiral deeper into despair. Victor faces an unfortunate reality on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge season 3 part 6 Sunday at 8 pm.

With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour on episode 5 of Wolf Hall Sunday at 9 pm.

Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe on Independent Lens Kumu Hina at 9 pm Monday.

Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) at 10 pm Monday.

Ken Burns’ Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the period between 1858-1901 as Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday gives the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

Learn about Proyecto Teatro which aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society on El Taller at 10 pm Tuesday.

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the difficulties of raising parrots.

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Nova Nazi Attack on America at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.

Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band, talks about music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Meet the designers on Arts In Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Lufkin and Round Rock on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Salinas Project at 9 pm Thursday profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a small community just east of Silicon Valley. Part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. Learn more at klru.org/americangraduate

The winning couples in the four divisions of ballroom compete across dance styles in the grand finale on America’s Ballroom Challenge at 8 pm Friday.

Best of the Boston Pops at 9 pm Friday features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra’s 129-year history.

Spice up those edible gardens with the latest jam-packed healthy ethnic flavors on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bicycling team spares the landfill with curbside collections of kitchen and household scraps that cycle into compos to nourish local farms.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.