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This week: UTSA summer camps on criminal justice, saxophone and archaeology

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Young students learn about the science of skeletons at the UTSA Archaeology of Africa Summer Camp.

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(July 14, 2014) -- UTSA is San Antonio's camp destination with more than 8,500 children and high school students participating in 23 camps over the summer. This week features the Criminal Justice, Saxophone and Archaeology camps. Additionally, there is the Beginning Band Pedagogy Workshop geared to middle-school teachers and instrumental music instructors at all levels.

Camps and academies also include science, technology, engineering, architecture, sports, law, writing and language. The campers expand their horizons through hands-on activities and open their minds to educational and career opportunities. For many, it is their first experience at a top-quality institution of higher education.

Camp highlights for this week:

  • In the Criminal Justice camp, students will learn about how the American criminal justice system works. They will gain a basic understanding of crime and justice and the roles of police, courts and corrections. After an overview, campers will apply scientific theories in a criminal investigation of a mock crime scene and tour a law enforcement facility.
  • High school saxophonists entering grades 9-12 with at least two years of playing experience will participate in the Saxophone camp. UTSA saxophone professor Rami El-Farrah and guest faculty member Sunil Gadgil will lead four days of saxophone playing and classes on tone development, technique, etudes, solo literature and instrument repair, as well as small and large saxophone ensembles.
  • With presentations and hands-on activities, sessions of the Archaeology of Africa camp presented through the Center for Archaeological Research Legacy program will cover the cultural histories of Ancient Egypt, Roman occupations in Africa, the Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe, the Ghana Empire and more.
  • UTSA Athletics continues camps in baseball, basketball, soccer and softball to help youth develop their skills through practice and friendly competition in a fun and challenging environment.

For music teachers, the five-day Beginning Band Pedagogy workshop will offer hands-on demonstrations of beginning and intermediate concepts for teaching flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. Participants will play each of the instruments (at a beginner level), join in demonstrations of how to make great sounds understanding the fundamentals of each instrument, and learn tips to help students develop great playing and performance skills.

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For details on availability, registration and more, visit the UTSA Summer Camps website with a listing of all UTSA camps and links to find the one that's just right for you and your child.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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