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'Great Conversation!' raises $148,430 for Honors College scholarships


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Top photo: Event co-chair Harriett Romo and UTSA President Ricardo Romo
Bottom photo: UTSA Honors College students at fundraiser
(Photos by Mark McClendon)

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(March 15, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College raised $148,430 for student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities at the "Great Conversation!" fundraiser Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

The greater San Antonio community gathered for discussion on a variety of topics. Community leaders and local scholars led the discussions, which varied by table and covered a variety of stimulating topics.

At one table, businessman James Avery led a discussion on "How to Get Started in the Jewelry Business." At another table, UTSA scholar John Phillip Santos discussed "The Many Meanings of Mexican Antiquity: Recent Discoveries in Mexican Archaeology." The evening's 35 other topics included "Growth Strategies for a Small Business," "What is School Readiness?," "And They're Off: Campaign 2012," "Behind the Curtain: How Do Symphonies Plan a Music Festival?" and "What Makes a Good Beer?"

Approximately two dozen students from the UTSA Honors College attended the event, including John Lira '12, a U.S. military veteran who transferred to UTSA from San Antonio College to pursue a degree in political science for a career in public service. Recently, Lira participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at Princeton University. He also travelled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Archer Fellowship Program and currently is working on his honors thesis, which focuses on the labels used to define Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

"UTSA is blessed with extremely supportive donors who understand that our students need every advantage we can provide them," said Harriett Romo, UTSA professor of sociology and Great Conversation! co-chair. "We are so grateful to them for supporting our UTSA Honors College students through events like Great Conversation."

Great Conversation! was co-chaired by Romo, UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Kathy Acock, Cathy Bodenstedt '11, Bonnie Reed, Stu Schlossberg and Mario Vazquez '06. Sponsors included Alpha Building Corp., AT&T Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Pat Flynn, Joeris General Contractors Ltd. and others. View the complete sponsor list at the Great Conversation! website.



Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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