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UTSA receives seven awards from San Antonio PR organization

David Gabler

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(May 13, 2010)--UTSA received seven awards at the eighth annual Del Oro Awards Banquet and Silent Auction last Thursday at the Bright Shawl in San Antonio. The annual awards banquet is hosted by the San Antonio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America to recognize the stars of public relations in San Antonio and South Texas.

Each year, the organization selects one individual for his or her exemplary contribution to the profession with the Public Relations Professional of the Year Award. This year, David Gabler, UTSA associate vice president for communications and marketing, was recognized with that honor. Gabler earned the recognition from his peers for his exceptional communication and media relations work that is helping pave the way for UTSA to receive the financial support it needs to reach Tier One.

According to Gabler's nominators, "Throughout 2009, Gabler monitored the media outlets covering UTSA's six competitors in the race to Tier One. During that time, the media's perception of UTSA's trajectory toward national research status changed drastically. The messages communicated by the media went from 'UTSA is seeking Tier One' to 'Tier One could be beneficial to UTSA' to 'San Antonio needs a Tier One institution.'

"In all, between January 1, 2009, and today, UTSA has been mentioned in more than 717 news articles discussing Tier One. And, over the course of that time frame, the tone of those articles has gone from indifference to encouragement to advocacy."

In addition to Gabler's achievement, the university won:

  • La Plata Award of Merit for an internal communications campaign: UTSA Communications Collective, Marianne McBride Lewis, director of public affairs, UTSA Office of University Communications
  • El Bronce Award of Excellence for a magazine: "Sombrilla," UTSA Office of University Communications
  • El Bronce Award of Excellence for a special purpose publication: College of Sciences Strategic Plan booklet, Amanda Beck, communications specialist, College of Sciences
  • El Bronce Award of Excellence for social media: Facebook fan page: UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures -- Tim Gette, executive director; Craig Stinson, director of advancement; and James Benavides, public affairs specialist
  • El Bronce Award of Merit for a feature story: "Troyer's Song," story by Amanda Beck, communications specialist, College of Sciences, on a study of zebra finches by Todd Troyer, UTSA assistant professor of biology

The Del Oro Awards is hosted by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world's largest organization of PR professionals with more than 21,000 members. The San Antonio chapter has more than 100 members, a third of whom are accredited.

 

 

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Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.

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"Inside Peace" documentary screening

This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle

Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p,m,; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
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