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University Center gallery opens with photographs by President Ricardo Romo

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Photo from "South Africa" photography exhibit by UTSA President Ricardo Romo

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(Sept. 27, 2010)--Gallery 23, a new art gallery in the University Center on the UTSA Main Campus, will be the site of a grand opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29. Running through Oct. 30, the opening exhibit is "South Africa," featuring photographs by UTSA President Ricardo Romo. The reception and gallery are free and open to the public.

The goals of Gallery 23 are to offer cultural enrichment, enhance diversity on campus and provide opportunities to explore the arts. The gallery will showcase work by students, staff, faculty, alumni and local artists.

"This new area will boost the continuing interest and support UTSA has in the arts as well as offer a new cultural touch point for all UC guests," said Lowa Mwilambwe, University Center director. "It's an extra honor to feature President Romo's work in our first exhibit."

Curated by Arturo Almeida, curator of the UTSA Art Collection, "South Africa" was inspired by a summer 2008 trip by Romo and his wife, Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology. The trip centered on a literacy project led by Misty Sailors, UTSA associate of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, and included stops in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and many rural villages.

Along with working with literacy project participants, they visited Kruger National Park, where they spent four days on a photo safari. President Romo took hundreds of photos and had the rare opportunity to photograph lions hunting a wildebeest -- something his guide hadn't seen in 10 years of photo safaris.

"I chose my subjects opportunistically as I came upon them," said Romo. "I hope the photos help people appreciate the importance of conservation and taking care of nature and wildlife."

Gallery 23 hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday. The gallery is near the UC "Fiesta Dancers" statue entrance and takes its name from its room number, UC 1.02.23. For more information, contact Tabitha Byrne, assistant director of University Center programs, at 210-458-6044.

 

 

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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