(April 18, 2012) -- Fiesta San Antonio officially kicks off Thursday, and UTSA will reign over the festivities with the best Fiesta medal for 2012. WOAI TV announced Wednesday that UTSA won the online competition as part of "Best of San Antonio" Fiesta edition.
The honor for best Fiesta medal was a special treat for President Ricardo Romo who designed the UTSA medal.
"I'm not surprised, because so many people love UTSA and this medal represents the spirit of UTSA," said Romo. "Our students deserve the credit because they voted and got others to vote. Without them and the great work they do in the classroom and on campus, this would not be possible."
Medals are an essential part of Fiesta. Organizations across town create medals to sell or give away with the goal of collecting as many as possible. King Antonio XLIX is credited with starting the tradition in 1971 when he put 200 royal coins on ribbons and distributed them at Fiesta events.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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