(April 18, 2012) -- UTSA's annual official Fiesta San Antonio event, Fiesta UTSA "Fiesta De Musica!," is 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus. Student organizations will sponsor food, activities and music with proceeds benefiting the organizations.
Fiesta royalty including King Antonio and El Rey Feo (The Ugly King) will arrive at 1 p.m. directly from the Alamo. The event on the opening day of Fiesta San Antonio is free and open to the public.
Running April 19-29 this year, Fiesta San Antonio is an 11-day annual festival each April coordinated by the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, a private nonprofit organization. With more than 100 Fiesta events produced entirely by local nonprofit groups, the events generate funding for scholarships, grants, health organizations, and arts and music groups.
Fiesta began in April 1891 when San Antonio women staged a Battle of Flowers in front of the Alamo to commemorate the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto.
Fiesta UTSA is an alcohol-free event, along with the upcoming Party on the Paseo, set for 6:30-10:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at the University Center paseo on the Main Campus. There will be food, live music by 80's cover band Members Only and the U.S. Navy Band-New Orleans, games and prizes. Members Only will perform 11-11:45 a.m. and 1:45-2:30 p.m. The U.S. Navy Band-New Orleans will perform 12:15-1 p.m. For more information, call the UTSA Office of Student Activities at 210-458-4160.
An unofficial Fiesta event during the celebration, Party on the Paseo is a national award winner. Sponsored by the student organization Be A Responsible Roadrunner (BARR), it is geared toward alcohol awareness and received a supporting grant of more than $15,000 from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission. Music at the event will be provided by Filligar and the Lost.
Party on the Paseo is credited with a dramatic decrease in alcohol violations on campus during the opening weekend of Fiesta. In the first year of the program, violations decreased from 14 to seven -- and then down to one last year.
Join the combined UTSA Bands as they perform a program of holiday and seasonal-themed music! This program is appropriate for all ages and includes medleys and arrangements of well-known favorites. Tickets are $10; no free admission.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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