(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.
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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