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UTSA band and alumnus-pilot participate in D-Day salute in Normandy

UTSA marching band
alum and family

Top photo: UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band
Bottom photo: UTSA alumnus Captain Ruskin Herrera at air base with wife Marie and son Talin

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(June 6, 2014) -- This morning, President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron are joining national and military leaders from around the world in Normandy, France, to mark the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The day is forever known for the Allied invasion of German-occupied France and the beginning of the liberation of Europe and Nazi Germany.

To commemorate the event, a special Memorial Parade and Musical Salute to the Veterans is taking place with 70 D-Day survivors expected to attend. The top-tier UTSA Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) marching band is the only U.S. university band performing at the commemorative event.

SOSA will perform the national anthems from both the United States and France and participate in a mass band performance of "The Longest Day March." Tomorrow, the SOSA marching band will also will perform in a mass band performance of "Amazing Grace" on Omaha Beach.

In addition to the SOSA musical contributions, UTSA '04 alumnus Captain Ruskin Herrera will be part of the Air Force flyover. Herrera and his team members will be flying F-15E Strike Eagle fighters from a base in Lakenheath, England. Herrera comes from a nest of Roadrunners including his father Caleb Herrera, M.S. '81, sister Denia Herrera Burkhard '06, M.A. '09, and sister Astrid Herrera Sierra '13.

Seventy years ago during World War II, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of beaches along the French coastline to fight Nazi German soldiers. By day's end, the Allied forces recaptured Normandy, which began the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers representing the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Poland were killed or wounded in the invasion.


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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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