(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!"
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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