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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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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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