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Texas Folklife Festival Thanks UTSA Partners

From Jo Ann Andera, CFEE
Director, Special Events, Institute of Texan Cultures

The 46th annual Texas Folklife Festival is behind us, and I wanted to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thanks to the people that make it happen.    As we do each year we have our challenges, but with your help we seem to rise above it and continue to produce a wonderful event for our community. A HUGE thank you to all…this was one of our best years.  The weather was fantastic.  Our attendance was steady over the three days. Overall, visitors that were here had a great time and enjoyed all the wonderful food, music, crafts and each other. As you know, we are going to be going through some changes but I am looking forward to once again producing an event with your help that makes all of us proud. Please extend my thanks to everyone below for a job well done!

Our heroes……
ITC staff and volunteers– led by Angelica Docog, Aaron Parks, Bryan Howard, Christian Clark, Gabriel Navarro our area chiefs and their support staff –Jim Cosgrove, Lynn Yakubic, Paul Stevens, James Benavides, Roscely Mesa; Roy Gall, Kevin Hickman, John Crunk, Gilbert Perez —Thank all of you for your support and for doing an amazing job with much fewer staff.

Festival staff, Debbie Salas, Bernadette Serbantez, Sylvia Karam, Jasmine Gonzalez—so very much to do, so little time…thank you for your continued enthusiasm and always keeping our mission to support ITC through our Festival program uppermost.  Thanks for making the participants and visitors feel welcome!

(Public Safety) Doug Sonego, Paul English, Sgt. Vega, John Crunk and the entire Security Team—Well managed, smooth running, no serious issues…thanks for a super job keeping us safe!
(Facilities) Gilbert Perez and his team–wired us up, helped build it and take it down…great support!
(EHSRM) John DeLaHunt and his team worked with us and the participants to have a safe Festival.  John and his team are on site, hands on working with us to produce a great event—a huge thanks to them. 
(HR) Claudia White and her HR Team especially Ashley Flores for their support in the hiring process for SAPD.  Not an easy task.
(EHSRM) Richard Garza and his team for UTSA recycling—made us proud to be helping the environment and being responsible event planners.  Thanks for ALL your hard work.  
(Campus Services) James Strahan, Paul Fullem, Sammie Boatright and their team—3 days of shuttling all the people that make this event happen--the participants and volunteers.  Thanks to the drivers who worked the weekend.
(Purchasing) Paul Duke and their team, contracts and their staff thanks to you all for always going the extra mile…
(Financial Affairs) Nora Compean, Lisa Bixenman, Kelly Rock, Gary Lott and their team….as ever, efficient and helpful!
OIT team…Paul Spargur, John Chismar, Carlos Rodriguez and Paul Carney and Michael Medrano very responsive and supportive.  

To: Melissa May (Office of VPBA) and David Ramirez (SBDC),

A big thanks for your help with Folklife on Saturday. Nothing but praise for the online efforts through our social media. You did some amazing work!
You’ve got some big fans here at the museum. We really appreciate your work.

James M. Benavides, CTA
Senior Communications Specialist
Institute of Texan Cultures