(Dec. 9, 2009)--The University Center Ballroom on the UTSA Main Campus was filled with the smell of tamales, pastries and breakfast tacos yesterday as nearly 1,000 UTSA employees came out to celebrate the holidays and enjoy a complimentary breakfast with President Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo.
This university thank-you to employees at holiday time has become a UTSA tradition over the years, but this time the event added a new twist that took generosity one step further. UTSA employees extended their gratitude to others in a big way by contributing to a food drive that was incorporated into the holiday breakfast festivities.
According to food drive coordinator Roberto Rosas, a recent UTSA graduate now working as an administrative associate in the president's office, the mountains of canned food, boxed meals and beverages exceeded everyone's expectations.
Working with the San Antonio Food Bank, Rosas thought he would need about three barrels delivered to campus, enough to collect about 1,000 lbs. of food. Instead, the tally was far more -- enough food to fill eight Food Bank barrels.
"Instead of the one or two items per person that I expected, employees walked in, their arms filled with 10, sometimes 12 different dry good items," said Rosas. "Besides the items that we suggested, such as tuna, soup, and macaroni and cheese, some people even brought baby food."
For those who were unable to attend the President's Holiday Breakfast, Cpl. Joe LoBrutto, working on behalf of the UTSA Police Department, is still collecting non-perishable food items on all three campuses through Friday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Lt. Stephanie Padula at 210-458-4775.
The Office of the President extends thanks to everyone who participated in the campus food drive.
Food drop-off locations through Dec. 11
HemisFair Park Campus
Food items needed (non-glass containers)
The events are a collaborative effort between student organizations, student led-groups, and campus departments.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
UTSA is a designated early voting site for the May 4 Joint, General and Special Election. Any registered Bexar County voter can skip the lines and cast a ballot at UTSA from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 30.
H-E-B Student Union (HSU 1.002), Main Campus
In this UTSA 50th anniversary speaker series, Roger Enriquez, UTSA associate professor of criminal justice, explores how immigration past and present helps us understand its future.
Casa Hernán, 411 Cevallos St., San Antonio
Discussion will explore the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs offered through the Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA. Guest speakers will include representatives from local and federal government, military, and civil society.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
An evening of fine food and drink inspired by UTSA’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection. Proceeds from the event will support UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection.
Hotel Emma, 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio
Grab a friend and sign up to bowl with fellow Roadrunners and raise money for scholarships.
University Bowl, 12332 I-10 #10, San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History present the work of emerging artists who are graduating from UTSA. Work ranges from traditional methods and materials, interdisciplinary and new media. Themes range from social and cultural critique to investigations that are challenging and exquisite explorations in creative form and image.
Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA's first spring Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., May 18 and honors graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and University College.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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