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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.

 

 

Events
Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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