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

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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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29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
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2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

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Veterans' Networking Mixer

The intent of this event is to connect student veterans with employers who are seeking to provide advice and potentially recruit driven, skilled and equipped candidates for their organizations. This is an exciting opportunity to network and meet with seasoned professionals who will assist and guide you in transitioning into your next career move.
Wyndam Garden Riverwalk Hotel

Feb. 16, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

S.T.E.M. Career Fair

Are you looking for career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? Come to the SPRING 2015 STEM Career Fair. Recruiters from across the STEM fields will be present with full-time, part-time and/or internship opportunities. Professional dress is required. Bring plenty of resumes! Download the UTSA Career Fair Plus App on iOS and Android.
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Spring 2016 All Majors Career & Internship Fair

Come to the Spring 2016 All Majors and Internship Career Fair. Recruiters from across all industries will be present with full-time or internship opportunities. Professional Dress is Required. Bring plenty of resumes! Download the UTSA Career Fair Plus App on iOS and Android.
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CACP Speaker Series continues with Cesar Pelli

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli as part of the CACP’s 2015-16 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. In his talk, “Becoming an Architect,” Pelli will present and discuss projects that were critical steps in his career.
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African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Carlton-LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

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Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

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12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

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Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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