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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo

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December 16, 2011

 

Dear Friends,

This is a time that is all about transitions and opening new worlds.

As the calendar year and semester close, more than 3,000 students will walk the stage at Commencement ceremonies this week. They will make a transition into the workforce with many continuing in higher education -- representing UTSA in the community, the nation and internationally.

These students attained their goals through hard work and advocacy from their families, friends, faculty, staff and UTSA supporters -- and we are so proud to see them graduate. They are prepared to be globally conscious, well-rounded leaders, capable of not just getting a job but of thinking critically with the potential to impact industry and the world.

As an emerging research university, the university awards more than 5,000 diplomas each year including nearly 80 doctoral degrees essential to achieving premier research status. UTSA now has a worldwide base of more than 85,000 graduates, and as ongoing members of the UTSA family, alumni support is key in advancing the university and bringing success to future students. This success also comes because of community support for scholarships, athletics, the arts and other programs. We couldn’t do it without you.

Locally and regionally, the university gives back with more than $1.2 billion in annual business revenues and developing research partnerships with top medical, military and corporate groups in and outside South Texas. Globally, in 2010, more than 700 UTSA faculty and staff members participated in research, seminars, study abroad and exchange programs in 35 countries. In the last decade, more than 1,000 students participated in study-abroad programs.

Our Roadrunner wings are spreading wide, and we know UTSA is having a growing impact. In the new calendar year, watch for information about the next phase of our campaign to become a Tier One research university.

Harriett and I wish the best for everyone this holiday season. Be safe and enjoy and cherish your time with family and other loved ones, as we look forward to the exciting things to come in 2012.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ricardo Romo
President,
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

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Did You Know?

For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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UTSA's Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

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