(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 annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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