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Buy UTSA Fiesta medal now: $3 at Roadrunner Express in University Center

UTSA Fiesta medal

With Roadrunner Express employees, UTSA President Ricardo Romo shows a poster with this year's UTSA Fiesta medal. (Photo by Arturo Infante Almeida)

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(April 2, 2012) -- Fiesta excitement has begun! Beginning this year, official UTSA Fiesta medals are available for $3 while the supply lasts. Buy them now at the Roadrunner Express shop in the University Center on the Main Campus.

This year's UTSA Fiesta medal features an orange-and-blue ribbon and a trumpet player from UTSA's own Spirit of San Antonio marching band on a field of confetti with the "We Are UTSA" tagline below. Running April 19-29, the annual Fiesta centers on the city's century-old parades and celebrations honoring the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

According to the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, medal collecting and trading is one of the most popular Fiesta traditions, going back at least 50 years. No one is sure how the tradition began, but each year, more than 100 nonprofit organizations sell the medals as fundraisers. Local military organizations, private companies, individuals and other institutions create the medals as mementoes.

Roadrunner Express is on the UC Paseo between the fountain courtyard and Rios Golden Cut Salons. The store is a Ticketmaster outlet and also sells discounted Santikos movie tickets, a variety of gift items, balloons, UTSA spirit merchandise and snacks, all at reasonable prices.

Pay for merchandise by interdepartmental transfer (IDT), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, UTSACard or personal check. Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, email RRExpress@utsa.edu or call 210-458-6159.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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