Thursday, October 08, 2015


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.


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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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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