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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA grad student Cirilo Campos will perform at the World Cup in Brazil

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UTSA graduate student and mariachi teacher Cirilo Campos works with a student.

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(June 11, 2014) -- Meet Cirilo Campos. The education graduate student will travel to Brazil this summer to perform mariachi music at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Campos is a member of the sixth cohort of the Urban School Leaders Collaborative and will graduate from UTSA in December with a master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies. He says his experience at UTSA has been just as amazing as his opportunity to perform during the World Cup.

"UTSA has been a transformative experience," said Campos. "I didn't know what to expect going into it, but I am so thankful. It has transformed my family and transformed my mindset. The way I teach has changed, and the way I see life has changed, and I am grateful for that."

A mariachi teacher at Washington Irving Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District, Campos is a member of Mariachi Los Caporales. The ensemble has performed in other countries and venues, but it will be their first time at the World Cup. His group is one of several set to travel with the Mexican national soccer team to Brazil to represent the music and culture of Mexico.

"Basically we go into a different country and we take Mexico with us," said Campos, who has performed with the mariachi group for 10 years. "We take a restaurant, we take a plaza, we take music, and we take culture and share it with other countries. And that's what we are doing this summer at the World Cup."

While this is the first time Campos has traveled to Brazil, it is not his first time traveling abroad with the mariachi group. In 2009, they traveled to Morocco for six weeks, getting to know each other and the local people, and sharing ideas and culture – which he says sounds a lot like the UTSA and San Antonio experience.


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Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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