University unveils 2015 Fiesta medal
Watch out San Antonio, there’s no confetti falling out of this cascaron. Instead of flakes of confetti falling to the ground, the university’s commemorative Fiesta medal opens to display information about the campus’ April 26 Festival de Cascarones event.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio unveiled the 2015 Fiesta medal April 16. The medals arrived this afternoon at the university bookstore and cost $10.
Staff, faculty, or students can buy the medal, two per person, for a reduced price of $5 only on April 17. The one-day discount ends at 1 p.m. when the bookstore closes.
Whether it’s for trade, collection or memorabilia, Fiesta medals are an annual part of the spirit of Fiesta.
Designers shaped the university’s medal in the shape of an egg, and like traditional cascarones, it cracks open. Moving parts on the back of the medal allow the egg to open and close. The design includes the “majestic dome of the Central Academic Building” according to a press release.
“The dome wasn’t finished being built at the last Fiesta event,” said Marilu Reyna, associate vice president for university communications and special projects. “We want people to get to know A&M-San Antonio and the campus.”
“We saw a lot of samples and we thought it would be interesting to have an egg that opens and closes,” Oliver said.
Reyna and a team of staff with university communications began working on the medal design last year.
“We started brainstorming last year, looking at samples and working on a design,” Reyna said. “We like to stick to a common theme that involves the campus.”
They agreed to highlight the university’s official Fiesta event, Festival de Cascarones. The event is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 26 on the west lawn of Main Campus.
The festival is an official part of Fiesta San Antonio, which includes live entertainment from the ’80s cover band The Spazmatics. The annual family-friendly event benefits alumni relations.
“San Antonio loves Fiesta, and we love San Antonio,” Reyna said.