(Feb. 9, 2011)--Next semester, classes will not be available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The HSS, as it is commonly known, won't appear on campus maps, directories or anywhere else for that matter. That's because HSS now is called the McKinney Humanities Building in tribute to a former UTSA student, outstanding educator and UTSA benefactor.
"This is UTSA's gift to the memory of Miss Mary E. McKinney," said Marjie French, vice president for university advancement. "It is our way of recognizing the contributions she made during her lifetime and to acknowledge the gift she left UTSA students."
McKinney, who died November 2009, bequeathed more than $25 million to the university, the largest single private gift in university history, and one of the largest gifts to be given to a Texas university or college.
McKinney's portfolio included stocks and municipal bonds as well as 5,240 acres of ranch land in Frio and Atascosa counties. The land sits atop the Eagle Ford Shale, considered to be the most significant U.S. oilfield discovery in the last 40 years.
Described by many as the "gift that will keep on giving," McKinney's generous donation will be used to continue funding the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund, created by the benefactor in 1994 in honor of her parents.
"Thanks to the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund, countless UTSA students have received an education," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Although Miss McKinney is no longer with us, her wonderful generosity will help even more students for decades to come. We couldn't think of a better way to honor her than to rename the HSS, where she attended classes."
The four-story HSS building was built in 1974 and is one of five buildings comprising the original campus. It houses the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the largest college at UTSA, serving the entire UTSA community. From 1992 to 1996, McKinney attended classes in the HSS for post-graduate studies after teaching 25 years in public and private schools around San Antonio.
A formal renaming celebration will be scheduled for later this semester. In the meantime, all new printed materials will include the McKinney name and the MH building abbreviation.
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
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