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'Together, We Are UTSA faculty-staff giving campaign opens


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(April 20, 2010)--Beginning this week, UTSA launches its first Faculty and Staff Campaign, "Together, We Are UTSA." The goal is to provide an internal focus on the importance of private fundraising in the drive to become a top-tier university.

In recent months, you have probably noticed the attention UTSA is receiving in the San Antonio community and beyond. As UTSA grows in strength, numbers and academic excellence, it is important to keep our own internal community informed and involved. It is almost impossible to stay abreast of the many programs, projects and awards that are coming to UTSA, and to know how to support those of greatest interest.

The Office of the Vice President for University Advancement is making one of its priorities a focused annual Faculty and Staff Campaign each spring. Through "Together, We Are UTSA," faculty and staff will receive information as well as easy access to various giving opportunities for the internal university family. The focus is on involvement and participation. Faculty and staff members can give at whatever level is comfortable for them with the understanding that every dollar helps.

The campaign vision and mission statements are as follows:

Campaign vision statement: To provide each UTSA employee with a 'giving opportunity' (opportunity to support the UTSA Fund or another designation of his or her choice) which is accessible, simple, intuitive and fulfilling for each individual.

Campaign mission statement: To facilitate the Faculty and Staff Campaign for The University of Texas at San Antonio so that each UTSA employee has the opportunity to become engaged and involved with the fundraising effort in support of UTSA's students, faculty, staff and programs.

"We hope to make this fun and convenient for everybody working at the UTSA Tri-campuses in every department," said Marjie French, vice president for university advancement. "Whatever our role at UTSA, we each have a vested interest in the success of this great university. This year is our first for the Faculty and Staff Campaign, so we are keeping it pretty simple. We hope to grow the effort more in future years to include some healthy competition among the colleges and other groups."

"The San Antonio community is supporting UTSA in a big way with private funding, and much more will be needed," said Albert Carrisalez, assistant to the president and director of external and corporate relations. "I believe it sends a strong message on behalf of UTSA when our own university community chooses to make gifts, big or small, to keep us moving on the path to Tier One."

Making an annual gift to UTSA is an important way to demonstrate support for the university. "Give wherever you prefer, but just give" is the message being shared this spring. Now is the time to get involved and respond to the messages that will be arriving in your e-mail over the next few weeks.

The campaign is a focused effort to make giving easy. You can make a gift by going to the Giving to UTSA website. There, you can print a payroll deduction form and instructions to have a gift taken out of your paycheck. Giving by payroll deduction is a very popular way to give because it is automatic, and at the end of the year you will receive a summary receipt for tax purposes.

Watch for more news about "Together, We Are UTSA!"



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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