(Feb. 17, 2011)--The UTSA Honors College will host the 11th annual "Great Conversation!," a signature fundraising event that supports Honors College scholarships, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The evening will feature more than 35 tables with various discussion topics related to science, politics, leisure, education, business and the arts.
The Honors College relies heavily on the funds generated by the event to provide critical scholarship support for its students. Established in 2002, the college's current enrollment is nearly 800 students. The need for additional scholarship support is significant to remain competitive and retain Honors College students at UTSA.
Benjamin Barkley from Houston is one of many students who have benefited from the scholarships. Barkley interned at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., as a UTSA Archer Fellow. He is an honors studies major, a major offered exclusively through the Honors College. Fluent in three languages and a member of the UTSA debate team, Barkley credits his achievements to the support he has received at UTSA.
"I feel that the Honors College provides me an opportunity to serve others and demonstrate a positive example of what it means to be a young college student," said Barkley.
Barkley currently is interning fulltime during the 82nd legislative session. He is assigned to Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst, who serves Texas House District 13, which includes Austin, Grimes, Walker and Washington counties.
"Great Conversation!" began as a lecture series under the leadership of Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology and director of the UTSA Mexico Center, and a small group of community members. After a few lectures, they decided to change the format, but kept the interesting topics and added interaction so that attendees could engage in the conversation and exchange thoughts, observations and ideas, all under the leadership of an expert.
Table conversation leaders this year will include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff speaking on the science of poker; Johnny Hernandez, chef and owner of La Gloria, leading discussion on the great street foods of Mexico; and JoAnn Boone, president of Rio San Antonio Cruises, leading discussion on how the River Walk contributes to San Antonio.
For more information or to sponsor an Honors College student or table at the event, call 210-458-4488 or visit the Great Conversation! website.
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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