Raham Kirkwood
Raham Kirkwood, mechanical engineering major from
Brisbane, Australia, visits with a donor during the
Annual Fund phonathon.

UTSA Annual Fund raises pledges from 1,169 alumni

(Aug. 30, 2004)--Alumni throughout the country responded to student callers this summer and pledged more than $80,000 to the UTSA Annual Fund.

"It was an amazing six weeks, and the results are nothing short of spectacular," said Paul Carter, UTSA associate director of development for individual and annual giving.

A team of 17 student ambassadors -- 15 undergraduates and 2 graduate students -- spent several evenings a week throughout July and early August calling alumni, bringing them up to date on the university's progress and asking them for their support.

"Our students made a strong case for UTSA, and many of our alumni responded generously to their alma mater," Carter noted. "With enrollment expected to surpass 26,000 this fall, these unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund are especially important since they allow us to address needs and opportunities not supported by state funding."

As UTSA moves closer to premier research university status, alumni support will become even more important, and Carter said that Annual Fund phonathon manager Liju Mathew and his talented team of students will be calling many more alumni in the coming months to ask for their commitment.

"I hope that thousands more alums will join the almost 1,200 who pledged their support this summer," said Carter. "Every Annual Fund gift -- regardless of size -- makes a real difference for UTSA."

--Janice Odom

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