Frio Street Building 1996
current view Frio Street Building
Top: Frio Street Building under construction, 1996;
Vice Provost Jesse Zapata is at right.
Bottom: Night view of today's Frio Street Building

Homecoming Spotlight: Downtown Campus 10th anniversary

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(Feb. 25, 2008)--As part of UTSA Homecoming 2008, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UTSA Downtown Campus is Wednesday, Feb. 27. The day of free events starts at a 10 a.m. ceremony in Bill Miller Plaza.

At an opening ceremony, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Downtown Campus Vice Provost Jesse Zapata and alumnus Michael Rosales. '02, '05, chief executive officer for the Aztec Project Development Ltd., will present a perspective on the Downtown Campus' role in the community and the partnerships that helped establish it. The campus' role will be discussed in relation to "A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016," the university's recently completed comprehensive strategic plan.

"The establishment of UTSA's Downtown Campus has created a win-win situation for the university and the community," said Zapata, who has been assigned to the Downtown Campus since it opened. "Downtown is home to seats of government, culture, commerce, tourism and so many industries vital to San Antonio. Having an educational institution just a few steps away gives our students a chance to get out there for hands-on experiences and it gives professionals an opportunity to expand their skills, making them more effective in the workplace."

The 2007-2008 academic year marks the 10th anniversary of UTSA opening the Frio Street Building and the beginning of UTSA's service to San Antonio's urban center. When it opened in 1997, the UTSA Downtown Campus served 900 students and offered 51 courses. The campus now has an enrollment of 6,400 students, offers approximately 500 courses and is home to the College of Architecture and College of Public Policy as well as the Institute for Economic Development, the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute and the Mexico Center.

After the 10 a.m. ceremony, guests can visit an open house at 11 a.m. in the Frio Street Building commons hosted by staff members representing the colleges and various offices. Among other activities, there will be information tables at the Institute for Economic Development, Distance Learning and fitness center.

At 4 p.m., there will be a lecture in the Buena Vista Theater by Henry Webber, vice president for community and government affairs and senior lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Webber will provide perspective on the role of urban universities in their communities and discuss his 2005 essay, "Universities, Communities and Cities: Forging Sustainable Partnerships."

The popular annual concert, "Jazz in the Plaza," is 5-7 p.m. at Bill Miller Plaza. This year's concert will feature performances by the Highlands High School Jazz Band, the UTSA Alex Sutherlin Project and the Joe Posada Jazz Quartet.

For more information on the UTSA Downtown Campus 10th anniversary and Homecoming 2008 activities, visit the UTSA Homecoming 2008 Web site.

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