(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 annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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