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UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures welcomes new executive director


Angelica M. Docog

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(Feb. 23, 2012) -- The Institute of Texan Cultures announces the appointment of Angelica M. Docog, a 14-year museum professional, as executive director of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, effective March 12.

Docog comes to the institute from the Charlotte Museum of History and brings experience as a researcher, educator and museum administrator.

"The Institute of Texan Cultures is a key element in UTSA's community outreach efforts in San Antonio and across the state," said Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services. "As a scholar and museum professional with a proven track record of success, Ms. Docog is the optimal choice to lead the Institute of Texan Cultures in its mission to serve the community and provide access to unique learning opportunities, as UTSA transforms into a Tier One research institution."

Highly respected by peers in museum sciences and administration, Docog sits on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Affiliates, the Asian Pacific committee of the American Association of Museums and the board of directors for the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina and the University of Colorado, teaching museum education. She has extensive experience in various aspects of museum operations including exhibit curator, researcher, and director of education and interpretation.

Docog's appointment comes as San Antonio implements the 2020 master plan and re-envisions HemisFair Park. Additionally, with UTSA's Tier One aspirations, the Institute of Texan Cultures continues to develop its academic mission by engaging school teachers with new, innovative content, and preparing and maintaining teachers' skills in teaching social studies, history and related disciplines.

The Institute of Texan Cultures serves as the forum for the understanding and appreciation of Texas and Texans through research, collections, exhibits and programs. The museum strives to become the nation's premier institution of contemporary cultural and ethnic studies focusing on Texans and the diverse cultural communities that make Texas what it is.

An agency of the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Community Services and a Smithsonian affiliate, the 182,000-square-foot complex features 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and five recreation Texas Frontier period structures at the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus in downtown San Antonio. Resources for multiple audiences are available at




Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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