(April 18, 2011)--SA 2020, a six-month, community-wide collaborative defining the future of San Antonio, will be the focus of this year's Great Cities Dialogue from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 22 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. Admission is free and open to the public with free parking available in the university's D-3 lot on S. Pecos-La Trinidad Street.
Sponsored by the Office of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the UTSA College of Public Policy, Castro will begin the conversation to advance ideas established during SA 2020.
"I applaud UTSA for stepping forward and becoming one of the first partners to join the action phase of the SA 2020 effort," said Castro. "Civic engagement was one of the cornerstones of SA 2020, and I'm excited that UTSA's College of Public Policy is actively engaged in moving the conversation forward."
Great Cities Dialogue participants will begin an action plan for progress on the government accountability and civic engagement element of SA 2020, guided by ideas included in the recently released 2011 report.
"At this event, our most interactive Great Cities ever, citizens will work together to move the city toward targets identified in the SA 2020 community meetings," said Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "We will look at ideas on how to improve voter turnout, public service volunteerism, access to public information, diversity of city boards and commissions, and much more. We will then discuss how to make these indicators happen."
Great Cities Dialogue is an ongoing UTSA College of Public Policy series that gathers leading academic experts, civic leaders and policy makers to discuss issues of significance to San Antonio and provide opportunities for community dialogue. Discussion is centered on key topics influencing San Antonio's growth and development into a great city.
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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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