(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:
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.
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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