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UTSA has Topped $100 Million for the Inaugural Campaign

UTSA topped $100 million in private gifts just halfway into its inaugural capital campaign: We are UTSA – A Top Tier Campaign. UTSA aims to raise $120 million by 2015 to support its aspiration to become a Tier One research institution. Watch UTSA’s story.

The Mayor’s Inspire U Mentoring Initiative

Carol Hogan

Teen-aged students and their parents joined educators and business professionals on October 18th at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus to celebrate a new name and a new year for ”Inspire U” (formerly “Mentoring Matters”), the mayor’s citywide mentoring initiative. The Office of P-20 Initiatives facilitates the mentoring program for the UTSA campus in partnership with Mark Twain Middle School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and UTSA faculty and staff volunteers. In its second year, the UTSA Inspire U program brought together eight 8th grade students with eight UTSA big brothers and big sisters. Every one of the six boys and two girls participating in the program passed to the next grade level and had satisfactory or outstanding behavior and conduct this academic year.

Saturday Parent/Student Educational Workshop Series

Carol Hogan

For the second year, the SP/SEWS proved to be a huge success, with the 1017 students and parents who attended the nine monthly sessions at the downtown campus reporting that they gained important knowledge to help them prepare for college. The workshop included a panel presentation by college students and a discussion of such topics as financial aid, tuition benefits for military families, choosing a college, and choosing a major. According to surveys completed by the participants, 97 percent of the parents and 91 percent of the students reported learning new “college knowledge” over the course of these information-packed workshops.

UTSA Staff Council Appreciation to the Downtown Undergraduate Advising on May 31st.

Office of Student Activities Welcomes New Administrative Assistant

Carol Hogan

The Office of Student Activities welcomes Carol Hogan Kindred back to the Downtown Campus. Carol has been employed at UTSA for the past six years and began her career in the Fall 2006 with Student Health Services at the Downtown Campus. In 2008, she accepted a position with Student Activities at the Main Campus. In March 2012, she chose to return to the Downtown Campus.

Carol enjoys working at UTSA because it gives her the opportunity to learn new things and meet new people. Carol is the mother of two wonderful sons and has an amazing husband. Welcome back, Carol!



What do UTSA and Chris Madrid’s Restaurant Have in Common?

They both value “personal attention, a quality product and a genuine concern for customer satisfaction.”

When Mari Mandujano, Assistant Director for Admissions at the Downtown Campus, realized that out of all the t-shirts displayed on the walls of Chris Madrid’s not one of them was from UTSA, she made it her mission to correct this injustice! So on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, ten staff members from the Downtown Campus presented Diana Madrid (the sister of the restaurant’s namesake Chris Madrid) with an official UTSA t-shirt to be proudly displayed in the restaurant.

Known for the famous hamburgers, Chris Madrid opened the restaurant in 1977 and was a University of Texas marketing major.

Visitor Center has New Name

We are proud to announce that the UTSA Downtown Campus Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Visitor Center has changed its name to the Office Of Undergraduate Admissions & Welcome Center. The name change is due to the Main Campus Visitor Center changing its name this fall, once the office moves to the first floor of the newly constructed Bauerle Garage. We want to remain consistent, as well as letting all types of visitors to our university know that they are certainly welcome on our campuses.



Bill Miller Plaza Construction Update

The landscape beautification project will include a lush lawn with 22 trees that will provide a wonderful canopy. The area has been raised to produce a two percent grade that will meet ADA requirements for wheel chair accessibility. This project should be completed by the end of July.

Starbuck’s Coffee at DTC

Get your Starbuck coffee mugs ready, Starbucks will be opening a new location at the Downtown Campus. Construction scheduled to be completed on or before the start of the fall semester.

Computer Store Location and Summer Hours of Operation

The Downtown Campus Technology Store is located in the Durango Building (DB 1.110E). This location is open on Monday from 9 a.m. until five p.m. then again on Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the summer sessions. For additional information call (210) 458-7866 or (210) 458-2800.

UTSA Summer Food Program

The UTSA Pre-Freshman Engineering Program will sponsor a summer food service program through July 30. Dr. Rudy Reyna, executive director of the program said “A lot of the kids we work with are considered from San Antonio’s economic disadvantaged areas and for them it’s an opportunity to get a balanced meal. Our program prepares these students to be successful in high school and in college in the areas of science, engineering, mathematics, and technology.” - Excerpts taken from Texas Public Radio

Downtown Campus Career Center

The Career Center held a kick-off event to introduce students to their new website. The even encouraged students to register with RowdyJobs, an online job search site that provides students access to career resources and job/internship opportunities. As an incentive students received a “Get Rowdy. Get Hired” t-shirt for registering.

During Downtown Career Week held in October, students participated in a professional etiquette luncheon, employer speaker series, and a Career Fair. The event gave students an opportunity to network with employers such as the City of San Antonio, Lockheed Martin, CPS, FBI, Consert, City Year, and many other employers. Students learned the art of dining, networking, and gained invaluable information and career tips from experts in the field.