(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.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.