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JoAnn Andera and Diana Smith
JoAnn Andera (left) with Diana H. Smith at retirement reception

Institute of Texan Cultures' Diana H. Smith retires after 30 years of service

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(Feb. 2, 2007)--Diana H. Smith, Texas Folklife Festival program coordinator at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures, retired Jan. 31 after more than 30 years of service.

"Diana Smith has been an invaluable asset to the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Texas Folklife Festival," said JoAnn Andera, Texas Folklife Festival director. "Her cheerful spirit and kind heart have made countless friends for ITC and the Festival. The festival would not be where it is today if it were not for her influence and hard work. She will be greatly missed."

"When I stepped into the Institute of Texan Cultures for the first time, I didn't know that a job could so easily become a career and a passion," said Smith. "The opportunities afforded to me over the last 30 years are countless. Working and playing with 10,000 of the most unique characters the State of Texas offers is at the top of the list. But, more important are the creative and caring people I have had the privilege to work with throughout the years. Thanks for the memories."

Smith joined the ITC library in 1974 and spent 4 years in the production division. In 1983, after completing a B.B.A. degree with a concentration in management, she began working with the Texas Folklife Festival as assistant director.

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