(March 12, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio demonstrated once again why it is steadily climbing to Tier One status. At the recent University of Texas System Seminar in Austin, UTSA was selected from among its sister UT institutions to receive two prestigious awards from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa: the Excellence in Fundraising Improvement Award for an Academic Institution and the Excellence in Advancement Services Award.
Cigarroa's fundraising improvement award recognizes the great gains UTSA has made in its overall fundraising operation over the last three years. Led by Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement, UTSA increased cash gifts 236 percent and produced an 88 percent increase in its overall donor base from 2009 to 2011. During that time, the university's average individual gift reached nearly $3,000.
"I am honored to accept these awards from the UT System for our efforts to shepherd UTSA toward top-tier research status," said French. "I credit these dramatic results to the hard work by our Advancement team, with the knowledge that we are already seeing significant benefits for our students and the university."
Additionally, UTSA was recognized for the fundraising excellence that resulted in a $28 million gift from the estate of Mary McKinney in 2010. The legacy of the San Antonio schoolteacher has changed the lives of dozens of UTSA students who have received scholarships in her name. At the Chancellor's Awards ceremony, it was noted that the gift is a reminder to all UT institutions that individuals will make significant gifts to support relatively young institutions that have a vision and are making a difference in students' lives.
UTSA also received the Chancellor's Excellence in Advancement Services Award for detailed behind-the-scenes changes UTSA made in its fundraising operation. Led by Laura Murray, associate vice president for advancement services and administration, UTSA's Advancement Services team was honored for enhancing existing programs and developing new programs and processes to manage donor and prospect databases, research services and gift services.
The UTSA Office of University Advancement is responsible for securing private donations to support student scholarships, faculty recruitment, expanded campus opportunities and community outreach programs. The division includes Advancement Services, Alumni Programs, Development, University Marketing and University Communications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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