(April 2, 2010)--UTSA officials announced today Jim Mickey '78 will return to his alma mater as executive director of alumni programs effective April 15. Mickey joins UTSA after a 30-year career in telecommunications, first with AT&T (Southwestern Bell), then with Sprint and most recently as chief operating officer of Pocket Communications. He will lead the 3,500-member UTSA Alumni Association with plans to engage others from a potential base of more than 78,000 graduates worldwide.
"I really appreciate the depth of executive management experience and community involvement that Jim brings to UTSA," said Marjie French, vice president for university advancement. "I know that his enthusiasm for his alma mater will play a big role in reconnecting alumni to UTSA as we move to become a national research university."
Mickey will succeed Jane Burton, assistant vice president for alumni programs, who has led UTSA alumni since 2000 and will retire in June after a 33-year career with UTSA.
"I could not be more pleased with the choice," said Burton. "Jim is a dedicated alumnus, an outstanding business person and the right person at the right time to lead UTSA into its bright future."
Mickey has been involved with the UTSA Alumni Association, first as a volunteer and later as a board member since 1991, and in 2007 was honored as Alumnus of the Year.
"I am thrilled to join UTSA at this time to help our team shape the future for Alumni Programs. It is an honor to be selected by my alma mater and build on the legacy that Jane Burton created," said Mickey. "I look forward to the challenge and using the business experience I've gained over my career. It feels great to be back at UTSA."
In spite of a busy family and professional life, Mickey always found time for UTSA and some say he virtually invented Roadrunner Pride. When he was a student in the late 1970s, the Student Government Association held an election to name the university mascot with the two leading choices being the Armadillos and the Conquistadors. With approximately 10 days until the election, Mickey and a group of friends formed a campaign to get students behind the idea that UTSA should be the Roadrunners.
According to Mickey, Ron Hare, one of the leaders of the group, thought it would be a great idea to use the Warner Brothers roadrunner cartoon character. Perhaps naively, they wrote a letter to Warner Brothers to ask for permission to use the cartoon image -- but permission was granted and the rest is history.
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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2015 was a significant year for UTSA. As the university moved forward on the road to Tier One research, designations and recruitment of high caliber faculty and students, it also completed its first ever capital campaign. Read about UTSA's accomplishments in the 2015 Year in Review as we look forward to what the next year will bring.
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