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UTSA achieves 91-percent participation in state charitable campaign

SECC Finals
SECC Finals

From left are UTSA President Ricardo Romo, United Way exec Lyndon Herridge, SECC co-chair Kelly Kam Watson, SECC co-chair Joe Rubio and Tammy Fernandez, president's office staffer.

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(Nov. 19, 2009)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo announced at a Nov. 18 reception that UTSA reached its 91-percent participation goal and raised $266,077.11 in the 2009 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Romo presented a check to Lyndon Herridge, executive vice president and CEO of United Way of San Antonio, who said he knew UTSA's goal would be reached even in the slow economy. The funds will help support organizations in San Antonio and surrounding counties.

In 2008, UTSA had the highest SECC participation among the 19 Texas four-year public universities with more than 1,000 employees. UTSA's 2008 SECC participation rate was 76 percent of more than 3,200 full-time employees who helped raise $228,302. It's anticipated that UTSA will be a record-breaker again this year.

The 2009 campaign featured the third annual "UTSA's Got Talent" show presented to SECC contributors, "fun-raisers" across the university where refreshments were sold in various offices, a book sale and a silent auction.

"Congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard to make this year's SECC such a tremendous success," said Romo. "Ninety-one percent participation is amazing. The campaign's success clearly indicates how deeply we care about the community where we live and work.

"In these tough economic times, you found a way to not only donate, but to encourage others to follow your lead," he added. "It takes a great team to accomplish what this group has attained during this campaign and your university is proud of you."

Romo thanked the campaign tri-chairs, Kelly Kam Watson, executive assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Research; Joe Rubio, Downtown Campus director of facilities; and Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center, who "set the bar high."

Claudia Garcia, assistant director of the Academy for Teacher Excellence in the College of Education and Human Development, was announced Nov. 6 as the winner of two Spurs tickets in a drawing from the names of all who donated to SECC. In a letter to Romo, she expressed thanks and surprise at winning the tickets and said contributing alone would have been satisfying.

The SECC committee members and area champions were treated Wednesday evening to the reception, refreshments and a screening of "2012" at the Santikos Palladium theater.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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