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UTSA community attends official launch of first UTSA Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign launch
Capital Campaign launch

Top photo: Mascot Rowdy and UTSA President Ricardo Romo at campaign launch
Bottom photo: Event attendees view the campaign video
(Photos: Mark McClendon)
>> Read more about We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign and see the campaign video at the UTSA Giving website.

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(April 13, 2012) -- The UTSA community attended the official launch of the university's first-ever capital campaign Thursday morning, April 12 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus. The biggest announcement was that $94.3 million -- or 78 percent of the $120 million goal -- already has been raised.

More than 300 faculty, staff and students learned about their role in We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign. The event kicked off the public phase of the initiative that will facilitate UTSA's ascension to premier research status.

"All of us will benefit from this campaign -- students, faculty and staff," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "It is crucial to spread the word and get everyone involved."

"The best is yet to come," said President Ricardo Romo. "By aspiring to Tier One research status, it means simply that we are focused on supporting our students in all fields of study. The people of Texas deserve access to excellence, and this campaign is an opportunity to forever change the university and the region."

Romo said the campaign will improve services to students, build research efforts, increase faculty hires and strengthen engagement with the community. He expressed his gratitude to faculty and staff for their efforts and asked for their continuing support.

The faculty-staff campaign co-chairs -- Alan Shoho, professor of educational leadership and policy studies; Barbara Centeno, associate vice president for human resources; and John Kaulfus, associate dean of students -- asked other faculty and staff members to join the effort. The Thursday event culminated a series of smaller information sessions presented recently across the university to outline the campaign goals and benefits to each college and department.

Romo introduced the We Are UTSA campaign video featuring testimonials from faculty, staff and students about UTSA research and projects that could change the world.

In the video, Doug Frantz, assistant professor of chemistry, described his research on cells that could stimulate the production of new tissue to aid recovery after a heart attack. Misty Sailors, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, discussed her research study working with the government of Malawi in southeast Africa to create and distribute books to schoolchildren. For these projects and many more, both professors emphasized the importance of a successful capital campaign.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

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.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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