(Sept. 6, 2012) -- Yvonne Katz '74, Ph.D., a school superintendent who earned her master's degree in UTSA's first graduating class, has made a million-dollar commitment to support the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs and students who are pursuing careers in education. UTSA will dedicate the Dr. Yvonne Katz Alumni Center later this year to celebrate the nearly four decades of support she has since given to UTSA.
Katz's love of UTSA began in the early 1970s, when she began pursuing her master's degree in Educational Leadership. Following graduation, she worked with more than two dozen alumni to create the UTSA Alumni Association in 1977. She also served as the association's first president.
She began giving back to the university by establishing its first fund for student scholarships in honor of her parents, Norman and Valley Fern D'Olive. More recently, she joined the Sombrilla Society by establishing a charitable trust in her estate plan. She is now one of the first alumni to contribute to UTSA through a highly individualized gift annuity.
"Dr. Katz has been a wonderful supporter of UTSA for a very long time," said Jim Mickey '78, UTSA vice president of marketing and alumni programs. "She has given so much of her time to advance UTSA, and she has given dozens of gifts to support our students."
Katz hopes her gifts will encourage other working class professionals to give back to the university.
"My parents taught me to give back to my community because someone gave for me to pursue my dreams as a young person," she said. "It's important for me to help those wonderfully talented and very smart students from our public schools to attain their dreams at UTSA."
For more than three decades, Katz has built a successful career in education. She served as the superintendent of Harlandale Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and Beaverton School District in Oregon. She also was the principal of a Northside Independent School District middle school.
The loyal Roadrunner also has been an active member of the community. Throughout her career, she has served many public and private organizations such as the International Women's Forum, Rotary, San Antonio Public Library and San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce, among others, and she has been honored many times. In 1980, she was named a UTSA Outstanding Alumnus, and Executive Educator magazine has twice named her one of its Outstanding 100 School Executives in North America. Currently, she is a member of the Alamo Community Colleges board of trustees.
"For nearly 40 years, Dr. Katz has set an inspiring example of how alumni can continue to make a difference in the lives of the UTSA students who are following in their footsteps," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It is very fitting that we honor Dr. Katz by naming our new Alumni Programs office in her honor. As graduates and guests return to UTSA to share in our growth and to meet our new students, we will be able to share her inspiring story for years to come."
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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