(July 2, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio has topped $100 million in private gifts just halfway into its inaugural capital campaign, We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign. UTSA aims to raise $120 million by 2015 to support its aspiration to become a Tier One research institution.
UTSA tipped the $100 million mark with a $1,003,840 gift from the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund. The gift builds upon previous gifts to support medicinal chemistry research at UTSA.
The We Are UTSA campaign is raising funds to increase scholarship and fellowship opportunities for UTSA students. Additionally, the campaign is seeking support for endowed faculty positions, innovative research, community outreach programs and campus improvements.
"We are elated to see how much the San Antonio and surrounding communities have stepped up to support UTSA through the We Are UTSA campaign," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for university advancement. "This is the first capital campaign in university history, and the response has been tremendous. We are so thankful for the commitments and investments that all of the donors have made so far in this effort."
UTSA was established in 1969 by the Texas Legislature as a "university of the first class." In the early 2000s, under the guidance of President Ricardo Romo, UTSA set out to become a Tier One research institution renowned in health, security, energy, sustainability, and human and social development.
"I would like to thank all of the donors who have already supported the campaign and enabled us to reach this milestone," said Jim Bodenstedt '96, campaign chair. "We are just getting started, and I encourage other alumni and business leaders to invest in UTSA and the future of our city and region. The We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign is about providing the resources for UTSA to take that next step toward top-tier status. Each gift is having a direct impact on a student, faculty member or a key aspect of university life."
"I am humbled and thankful by the outpouring of support for the We Are UTSA campaign," said Romo. "Our supporters have really stepped up and responded to the opportunity for UTSA to become the next Tier One university in Texas. The race isn't over, but I know that with continued support from UTSA alumni and our many supporters across the country that we will finish strong."
To learn more about UTSA or to give, visit the We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign website.
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Chat with members of the Downtown Campus Initiative Task Force about changes taking place as the Downtown Campus grows and transforms to offer a comprehensive living and learning experience. Table topics will include curriculum changes, orientation updates, transportation, food and living options.
Frio Street Building Commons Area, Downtown Campus
UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News will jointly host this town hall meeting to discuss Unequal Justice in Bexar County and in Texas.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Finance and Budget Modeling Task Force presents a panel presentation of experts from 4 universities with experience in incentive-based budgeting. All UTSA campus community is invited to attend and be informed about budgeting processes.
Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
This event showcases the work of trainees, faculty, staff and students from multiple disciplines and public health agencies across San Antonio.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This exhibit highlights the UTSA Special Collections, which includes historic photographs from Texas, San Antonio and UTSA history.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Come learn about the benefits available before the enrollment period July 15-31.
Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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