(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
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Celebrate Texas' diversity with authentic ethnic cuisine, music, dance, arts and crafts from the many countries that make up the rich heritage of Texas.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Kids from kindergarten through high school will immerse in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.
Applied Engineering and Technology (AET 0.102), Main Campus and Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 3.328), Downtown Campus
Novice and experienced boys and girls in grades 1-8 will be divided up by age and ability to gain the most skills and knowledge for their level of play.
Park West Athletics Complex
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.