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Campus Briefs: University to host Data Bites event, DoSeum takeover

Campus Briefs: University to host Data Bites event, DoSeum takeover - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

FILE PHOTO: A library clerk works the front desk in the University Library of Texas A&M University-San Antonio on March 16, 2020. Photo by Victoria Martinez

Data Bites introduces students to research information

By Jade Moreno

The University Library, Sociology Program and Quantitative Reasoning Program will host the Data Bite Series this semester to aid students with research projects.

Dr. Vicky Elias, associate professor of sociology, said the workshops will teach students how to access data covering a wide array of topics through the newly reorganized Census Bureau website.

“The Census Bureau also manages data for some other government offices and collects data continuously on topics most people won’t connect with the Census Bureau, meaning that for accurate, up-to-date information, the Census website should be one of the first places students go,” Elias said.

Students will also learn how to access data in the form of spreadsheets, graphs, infographics and PowerPoint presentations, Elias said.

The first Data Bites event, “Your Community by the Numbers,” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 on Zoom. Students can register for the workshop by visiting

For those unable to make the first workshop, the next Data Bites event is noon to 1 p.m. Sept 23 with Dr. Kathryn Appenzeller Knowles, director of quantitative reasoning. Knowles will discuss how to reason and analyze numerical information.

Another Data Bites workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 and will cover “Data on a Deadline: Quick Access Data Tools and Reports.”

All event pages for the Data Bites Series can be found on JagSync:


University to host event at San Antonio’s DoSeum

By Sarah Centeno

The Office of Student Engagement will host a family-friendly event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept.17 at the San Antonio’s Children’s DoSeum. Admission to the DoSeum will be free for all family members as long as students and alumni RSVP on JagSync.

Dr. Reba Sims, assistant director for family engagement, is the coordinator for the event and her goal is to provide student parents with a free opportunity to visit somewhere new in San Antonio.

“We understand that some of our student parents work during other event times so we wanted to host something that they would be able to attend and be majority free,” Sims said.

The event will have food trucks, photo opportunities, door prizes, scavenger hunts and raffles. The food trucks will be The Smokin’ Walk and Maldonado’s Grill.         

The DoSeum offers families hands-on activities including a water activity area for children. Parents should bring extra clothes and a towel if they would like to play in the water area. Masks will also be required for guests 10 and up.

There will be a scavenger hunt throughout the DoSeum, and those who complete it will be entered for a raffle prize of two gift cards for the Hyatt Regency Spa. Other raffle prizes will be a Texas A&M University-San Antonio-branded canopy tent, a cheeseboard, lawn chairs and a mini projector.

There will also be a children-only spy academy contest and the winner will receive a spy kit.

Students are expected to bring their student I.D. to show at the check-in station to log their attendance at the event. Alumni without an I.D. should email to RSVP themselves and their families before the event.

“This event will let our students let their hair down, be together and show their Jaguar pride,” Sims said.

To RSVP for the event, visit DoSeum Takeover – JagSync 2.0 (

About the Authors

Jade Moreno
Jade Moreno is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She transferred from San Antonio College in fall 2020. She works the front desk at a busy hotel near the airport in addition to going to school. In her spare time she likes listening to music, playing video games and reading psychological crime/horror novels.
Sarah Centeno
Sarah Centeno is a communication senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She received her associate degree from San Antonio College. She is a military wife, mother and professional vocalist who performs throughout Texas. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and working on new music.

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