(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.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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