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(Dec. 21, 2011) -- Tickets are now on sale for The University of Texas at San Antonio's 12th annual "Great Conversation!," the signature fundraising event that brings together community leaders, scholars and friends of the university for engaging dinner conversation diverse and stimulating topics.

>> Benefiting UTSA Honors College student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities, "Great Conversation!" is 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205-3296.

Conversation leaders will strike up engaging dinner discourse on nearly four dozen topics at this year's event. The occasion also will increase public awareness of the important cultural and intellectual role that UTSA has in San Antonio.

Tickets are $85, $65 for UTSA alumni. Table sponsorships between $1,500 and $50,000 are available by contacting Linda Lopez-George at 210-458-4488, or sponsor the attendance of a UTSA Honors College student for $50.

Learn more at the Great Conversation! website or call 210-458-5162.


A sampling of the evening's guests and topics:

Building the Spirit of San Antonio (and a Marching Band), Ron Ellis, Director of Athletic Bands, UTSA Department of Music

The Many Meanings of Mexican Antiquity: Recent Discoveries in Mexican Archaeology, John Phillip Santos, M. Phil., Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, UTSA Honors College

Getting Started in the Jewelry Business, James Avery, Chairman Emeritus, James Avery Jewelry

The Fundamentals of Effective Lobbying, John T. Montford, J.D., President and CEO, JTM Consulting, LLC

Why Do We Need Public Schools?, Harriett Romo, Ph.D., UTSA Department of Sociology, Director, Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute

Making Texas Wines and Running a Winery, Cathy Bodenstedt (B.A. '11), Owner, CapRock Winery

UTSA Football: What Happens in Year Two and Beyond, Larry Coker, UTSA Head Football Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics

An Arctic Voyage: Discovery of the Unknown, Phil Hardberger, Shareholder, Cox Smith Matthews Inc.

Why Do We Love Restaurants (Besides Not Having to Do the Dishes)?, Ed Tijerina, Columnist, San Antonio Express-News

How to Apply Games of Chance to Life, Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge

Mexico's 2012 Presidential Elections: The Road to Revival or Decline?, Raul Rodriguez, Benson Chair, Banking and Finance, University of the Incarnate Word

How Can We Make Our Borders More Secure?, Hank Whitman, Chief, Texas Rangers

Water, Water Everywhere -- But in Texas?, Alex Briseno, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, San Antonio Water System

The 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King: Why Should We Celebrate?, Richard Lewis, Ph.D., UTSA Department of Sociology



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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