(Nov. 13, 2009)--In recognition of Veteran's Day, U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez visited the UTSA Main Campus on Nov. 11 to speak with a large group of veterans who also are UTSA students and staff. In a roundtable format, Rodriguez asked for feedback on education benefits and any other military-related issues the vets wanted to discuss.
One issue discussed was the new G.I. Bill, which went into effect Aug. 1 and provides veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with enough aid to attend the most expensive public college in their states.
The veterans offered comments on the state of the Veterans Administration system and made suggestions on what improvements could be made. Rodriguez listened attentively as each member addressed his or her personal experiences with the V.A. With complete military professionalism, the veterans addressed concerns, expressing frustration without anger and communicated optimism while requesting accountability.
"It's important for us to get feedback from students that are also veterans," said Rodriguez. "I'm glad to be able to get the opportunity to listen and promise that I will come back and have another sit-down early next year to continue the communication with the veterans here at UTSA."
Rodriguez, who serves on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, prides himself on his strong devotion to military members and their families. He said it's important for veterans to have the support they need when it comes to education, health care and their families.
"Today is a day about giving thanks to those veterans who have served our country and also recognize those who have lost their lives," said Rodriguez. "I just want to ask everyone who knows a veteran to give them a call and say thanks for your service."
UTSA financial aid officials also attended the meeting and encouraged veterans to apply for federal aid in order to be fully aware of all types of assistance for which they are eligible. With some exceptions in veterans' state education benefits, veterans' federal education benefits are no longer taken into account as part of the need-based aid assessment.
Veterans can apply beginningJan. 1 by visiting the Federal Aid Web site.
For more information, visit the UTSA Financial Aid Web Site.
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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