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University Center exceeds national satisfaction benchmarks of 88 campuses

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University Center, UTSA Main Campus
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(Oct. 7, 2010)--The UTSA University Center (UC) at the UTSA Main Campus was rated cleaner, more student-focused and as offering a more outstanding program overall than the average of 88 institutions in the annual national benchmarking survey conducted for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) by Education Benchmarking Inc. (EBI).

Participating universities include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgia Tech, College of William and Mary, Oregon State University, Florida State University and Vanderbilt University. EBI compared the UC's scores against the average of all participating institutions as well as institutions in UTSA's same Carnegie Foundation classification. The UC scores in all survey areas exceeded the average of both comparison groups and also improved for the third consecutive year.

"The University Center staff has worked diligently to enhance the quality of the experience that they provide UTSA students and the campus community as a whole," said Kevin Price, UTSA associate vice president for student life and dean of students. "The strides they have made over the last few years are very impressive, and I'm glad to see the survey scores reflect that."

ACUI commissions the survey to assist its member organizations -- student centers and college unions nationwide -- in comparing and improving the facilities, programs and services they offer their respective campus communities. This year 88 institutions participated, generating 67,000 student survey responses.

The survey evaluates factors important to the long-term success of a student union organization by measuring how student unions publicize the facility and promote the campus, enhance life and leadership, create a positive environment, serve as a source of entertainment and focus on student needs. The survey also asks students to evaluate facility cleanliness as well as staff courtesy and professionalism. The UC received its highest marks ever in each of these areas.

"We are pleased that our facility improvements and robust staff training and development program have enabled us to improve the services we provide each year," said UC Director Lowa Mwilambwe. "We look forward to digging into this assessment to discover how we can continue to improve."



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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