American Graduate Champion: Remy-Brice Uwilingiyimana

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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.

remy_briceuwilingiyimanaToday’s Champion is Remy-Brice Uwilingiyimana. Uwilingiyimana is the Hot Spot Program Coordinator at Boys & Girls Club East. Known as the the pied piper, Remy’s association with the Boys & Girls Club began when he was an AmeriCorp volunteer with the ACE program at Oak Springs Elementary School. Remy is gentle, kind, respectful and when it comes to having the kids get some work done or follow through on an activity. The kids respond to him and look up to him — he’s an older brother, mentor, counselor and friend. Remy is responsible for running the technology program “Hot Spot” for the East Club and to assist with other Hot Spot locations by training staff and helping determine curriculum. He’s always open to new ideas, works hard and loves what he does. He touches many lives through his work, dedication and the respect and love he unselfishly shows the children in the Boys & Girls Clubs. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “It’s so refreshing to be around a young man of color who is so dedicated to young children. These children need a role model in their lives since many come from broken families, with no positive male figure in their lives. Remy’s story might inspire other young men to share their expertise in helping the at-risk youth in our community.”

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: Sterling McGruder

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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.

sterling_mcgruder1Today’s Champion is Sterling McGruder. McGruder is the principal at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and works with middle school students, staff, and parents. His students admire the leadership he presents. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Others would benefit from knowing this because we at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy are getting a first hand example of what a leader does and how a leader makes a difference. Mr. McGruder shows leadership throughout the day and beyond.”

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.

News Briefs: McCallum Named GRAMMY Signature School, Taxes and Tuition Debated at State Capitol

“We actually didn’t believe we were number one until later in the evening and we started googling things,” said Carol Nelson, Director of Bands at McCallum High School.

McCallum has been named the 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School by the GRAMMY Foundation, a distinction given to the school considered to have the best high school music education program in the U.S.  The award comes with a $5,000 gift. The GRAMMY Foundation creates opportunities for high school students to work with music professionals to get real-world experience and advice about how to make a career in music.

We attended the orchestra and band rehearsal this week at McCallum. You can see our story about their award in the video above and on Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend.

On Sunday during NewsHour, we’ll bring you the Political Roundup from The Texas Tribune. This week Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha highlights a tax debate in the Texas House, and testimony in a Senate committee over whether or not to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented students. You can see that story in the video below.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30pm. Our Saturday story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 

Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

Q Night At The Movies April 11

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This week’s Q Night at the Movies delves into the minds behind complex characters that challenge notions of right and wrong. Plus, a compilation of some of the greatest moments in MGM’s most beloved musicals, and Harry Knowles contemplates the Academy Awards.

America in Primetime: The Crusader at 6:30 pm
Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24″); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.

On Story Heroes and Anti-Heroes at 7:30 pm
The voices behind The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, and Rachel Getting Married deliberate how the most impressionable characters – both good and evil – are compelling because of their flaws, complexities, and personal truths.

That’s Entertainment at 8 pm
Enjoy an unforgettable collection of sequences from MGM’s greatest musicals, including Anchors Aweigh, Babes in Arms, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz” and more. Astaire, Crosby, Kelly, Minnelli, Sinatra and Rooney host.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles Academy Awards Special at 10:15 pm
Author Ernest Cline joins Harry to discuss problems with the Academy Awards’ system as well as the joy of loving the Oscars. Harry further explores the politics of the Academy Awards and offers a retrospective of over 80 years of cinema, including the process of judging and awarding the “best” in the business.

American Graduate Champion: Kelly St. Julien

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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.

kelly_stjulienToday’s Champion is Kelly St. Julien. Kelly is the Hot Spot Coordinator of the Boys & Girls Club of Austin and the Site Director of the Boys & Girls Club East. Kelly is a Champion because he’s been the typical Boys & Girls Club kid. Growing up in Lafayette, LA, the Boys & Girls Club was home away from home — a place where he felt safe. Kelly was able to grow and flourish in this environment where he was given the freedom to explore and build a computer from donated parts and a computer manual he picked up. From there he developed a usage and maintenance policy and ran their computer room once they were able to get more computers. He started running club programs at 14-15 years of age that still run today. Kelly wants his B&G Club kids to be able to experience what he experienced at his hometown club. He wants his kids to find something that they are good at and make the B&G Club “their club” just like Kelly did in his youth. Kelly knows the tough life that some of his club kids come from and has learned that giving children the structured freedom to find something that they excel at in a safe environment is powerful, life-changing and self affirming. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “This position at the Boys & Girls Club is not just a job, it’s a mission and you can hear it in his voice and see it in his face when you get him talking about his dreams and ideas of where he wants to take the club in the future. You cannot help but be inspired!”

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.

In the Studio: Cokie Roberts tapes Overheard 4/17

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Cokie Roberts on April 17 at 5pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:30pm. This event is free but an RSVP is required.

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Cokie Roberts is a best-selling author, a contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, and a Political Commentator for ABC News. Cokie co-anchored ABC’s This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996-2002. She’s won numerous awards, including three Emmys, and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, was published in April. She’s in Austin to speak and sign copies at BookPeople at 7pm.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Cokie Roberts. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Arts In Context Shorts: Motor Canvas

At Austin Speed Shop, rusty frames and stock vehicles are canvases for a unique group of artists. Through the collaborative vision and skill of the Austin Speed Shop crew, these canvases are painstakingly transformed into interactive works of art. Founded in 2005 by John Joyoprayitno (a biotech engineer), Dr. Dan Peterson (a neurosurgeon), and Cory Moore (a music manager), Austin Speed Shop is dedicated to restoring custom American cars and trucks from the 1920s through the early 1960s. In order to bring the beauty of the hot rod tradition of the past to the present day, each stock vehicle is completely dismantled and then fully restored. The final result is a work of automotive art that has been hand built with custom metal work, parts, paint, and interiors.

If you want to see some of Austin Speed Shop’s work on display, stop by the 14th Annual Lonestar Round Up, taking place April 17th-18th at the Travis County Expo Center. The Speed Shop will be hosting an open house at their location (3507 Chapman Ln) the night of April 17th from 6-10 pm, followed by a party for registered Round Up attendees the next evening from 7pm till midnight. Tickets are $15 for the two-day event and free fro children under 12.

Highlights April 12-18

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A mother’s life is turned upside down when her husband is arrested on Call The Midwife, Sunday at 7 pm.

Surprising accomplices turn up in the search for Kitty’s assailants. Agnes and Henri call it quits, and Harry and Nancy reach an understanding on season 3, episode 3 of Mr. Selfridge, Sunday at 8 pm.

Cardinal Wolsey has been forced to move to York, and Cromwell remains in London, seeking to return the cardinal to the king’s favor on episode 2 of Wolf Hall, Sunday at 9 pm.

Follow three smart and ambitious Chicago teens who brave frigid winters, high school pressures and homelessness as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future on The Homestretch, Monday at 9 pm.

On Twice Born, Tuesday at 7 pm, see Lilly’s plastic surgery procedure and Bobby and Shelly’s delivery of their baby girl, Luelle. Geneva and Reggie visit CHOP to seek help for their unborn child, who has developed a lower urinary tract obstruction.

Escape From a Nazi Death Camp uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story of 300 prisoners at the Nazi death camp of Sobibor in Poland. Airs Tuesday at 8 pm.

A landmark historical film discovered by Frontline in a museum vault decades ago has been called “Hitchcock’s lost Holocaust film.” First broadcast by the series in 1985, Memory Of The Camps shows the first horrifying footage shot as Allied troops entered the Nazi death camps on Tuesday at 9 pm.

American Jerusalem, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the remarkable story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco.

Find out how animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation on Animal Homes, Wednesday at 7 pm.

The Great Math Mystery leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour — a provocative exploration of math’s astonishing power across the centuries at 8 pm on Wednesday.

On Kamikaze, Wednesday at 9 pm, experts uncover the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots.

Austin City Limits presents the best in Latin music with Juanes and Jesse & Joy, Wednesday at 10 pm.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday spends a month with Ballet Austin, as Artistic Director Stephen Mills and company produce a re-staging of the acclaimed Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project.

Jascha Heifetz’s story embodies the paradox of artistic genius: how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts, honored at a lifelong price. Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler airs Thursday at 8:30 pm and Friday at 8 pm.

Thursday at 9:30, Jewish Journey: America tells a three part story of Jewish life in the old country, the reasons behind leaving their respective homes and journeying to the US and both the establishment of communities and the great accomplishments made in the US.

60 years after Hollywood descended on Marfa, Texas to film Giant, Children of Giant explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. Airs Friday at 9 pm.

Author, creativity expert and ecologist Fran Sorin explores how to unleash creativity in our gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, meet the next creative generation at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Austin City Limits presents alternative rock with the Shins and Dr. Dog Saturday at 7 pm.

 

Science Night April 15

This week on Science Night: Not a “math person”? This week’s episode of NOVA might change that. The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm reveals how prevalent math is in our existence. Plus, Nature continues its look at animal homes, and Kamikaze investigates Japan’s WWII suicide bombers and their weapons.

Nature Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location at 7 pm
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer. Cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, tortoises, hummingbirds and woodrats, examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures, documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.

NOVA The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm
We discover math’s signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson, and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind’s clever trick, or the language of the universe? The Great Math Mystery is a show for everyone: whether we think we’re good with numbers or not, we all use math in our daily lives. The Great Math Mystery sheds fascinating light on how math works in our brains and ponders the ultimate mystery of why it works so well when decoding the universe.

Kamikaze at 9 pm
As America threatened to invade Japan in 1944, the Japanese turned to desperate tactics: kamikaze suicide bombers. Now, experts are uncovering the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots. Exploring Japan’s coast, the experts uncover caves, overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that hide the secrets to how kamikaze weapons were built and launched.

American Graduate Champion: Tammy Partridge

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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.

tammy-partridgeToday’s Champion is Tammy Partridge. Partridge is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Steiner Ranch Elementary. Partridge tries hard to teach her class. Her students believe that she makes learning fun and interesting. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is an example of a great teacher.”

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.