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National Peace Officers Memorial Day May 20 ceremony at UTSA Downtown Campus
(Photos by Patrick R. Dunn)

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(May 25, 2011)--Representatives of UTSA, area law enforcement agencies and the San Antonio community gathered May 20 to honor law enforcement officers who died last year in the line of duty. As part of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the observance was hosted by the UTSA Police Department at Bill Miller Plaza on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The ceremony included a reading of the day's proclamation by Kerry Kennedy, UTSA vice president for business affairs, a moving address by Michael Heidingsfield, director of police for the University of Texas System, a wreath laying and the playing of "Taps."

As each name was recited of officers from across Texas who died in the line of duty, a single long-stem white rose was placed in a vase, signifying each officer's last roll call.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day has a long history. It began in 1962 by presidential proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy also designated the week National Police Week. Since that time, police departments across the nation have observed the week in different ways including open houses, SWAT demonstrations and memorial services.

Every 53 hours, a law enforcement officer gives up his or her life in the line of duty. In 2010, Texas lost 19 law enforcement officers. Since 1963, 31 university police officers nationwide have died in the line of duty.

 

 

 

 

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

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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