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UTSA Center for Archaeological Research hosts leadership program

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International visitors tour UTSA Center for Archaeological Research

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(Sept. 6, 2012) -- The UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) recently hosted an international tour of archaeologists representing the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The focus of this year's delegation was preserving cultural heritage.

Established in the 1940s when a group of Latin American journalists first visited the United States, the program has expanded to include 4,000 to 5,000 professionals annually addressing a variety of topics including culture, education, law enforcement and politics.

Participants are professionals selected by their embassies for the three-week program, which makes stops in Washington D.C., New York City, Albuquerque and other cities.

"They can get contacts to correspond with institutions or possibly return for training," said Norman Skoughstad, English language officer. "They also might find collaborators, funding or learn good practices that they can take back with them. It's supposed to be a two-way exchange between them and their professional counterparts."

While in San Antonio, the delegation toured Mission San Juan and the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research.

CAR Director Steve Tomka welcomed the group and discussed some of the challenges the center has faced in its cultural resource management methods over the last 30 years. Countries represented included Albania, Egypt, India, Macedonia, Peru and Sudan.

Mary Beth Tomka, research scientist told the delegation she has been working for 12 years trying to get a good inventory on the center's collections.

"One of the biggest problems is that the states are running out of space for curations," she said. "Everybody says they need development to move forward, but we can't destroy our culture in the process."

Learn more at the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research website.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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