(Feb. 15, 2010)--UTSA will host the U.S. Census 2010 national interactive touring van in its only San Antonio stop from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 at the University Center paseo on the Main Campus.
>> A 1 p.m. kick-off ceremony for "U-Count @ UTSA" will be hosted by Mr. and Ms. UTSA, Akshay Thusu and Megan Graham, with remarks by U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, U.S. Census regional director Gabe Sanchez and UTSA Student Government Association President Matt DeLeon.
The kick-off also will include a visit by UTSA mascot Rowdy Roadrunner, free t-shirts and other giveaways, and music by The Elijah Zane Band.
The speakers will discuss the importance of UTSA students filling out and mailing back the census forms they will receive in the mail in mid-March. More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed annually according to the census count.
"Federal funding determined by the census benefits education and community projects, so it's important for UTSA students to be counted," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The questionnaire has only 10 questions and takes only 10 minutes to complete. So, we encourage students to fill it out and mail it back."
The Census 2010 road tour is part of the largest civic outreach and awareness campaign in U.S. history -- stopping at more than 800 events nationwide. Thirteen road tour vehicles will travel more than 150,000 miles with an educational, engaging and interactive experience that brings the census to life. With stops at local parades and festivals and major sporting events, the road tour is to motivate Americans to complete and mail back the 10-question census form when it arrives in mailboxes March 15-17.
At the UTSA event, attendees can learn about Census 2010 and understand the benefits a complete count can bring to communities everywhere, view a sample census form, learn how the collected information is used, contribute stories and photos to explain why "U-Count @ UTSA" -- and view stories and photos from road tour attendees across the country.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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